Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.
Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Dell Technologies goes all in on data centers. When Dell bought EMC, it gave notice it was going all in on the data center, but in a world shifting to the cloud, is that a wise long-term strategy?
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The Alan Turing Institute opened in 2015 with an ambitious mission to use big data to "change the world for the better." As it finds its footing as an organization, the cloud is giving it a big head start — and Microsoft has given the institute $5 million in Azure credits to-boot.
Torrid cloud growth continues | Fortune
Synergy Research, which publishes a bunch of data throughout the year on cloud marketshare, released some growth numbers for 2016. It found that the overall cloud market approached $150 billion for the first time with an average 25 percent year over year growth rate — not too shabby, but also well below Gartner's $204 billion projection.
We all know Enterprise IT tends to move slowly, cautiously, and deliberately. But this author says it's time to move beyond the planning and pilots, and commit to the cloud once and for all. Given those growth numbers, it's fair to expect more workloads will move to the cloud in 2017.
Its buzz has quieted, but keep your eye on Dropbox in 2017 | MIT Technology Review
Dropbox has sported an impressive unicorn valuation of more than $10 billion since 2014, but the cloud storage company has never pulled the trigger on an IPO. This article speculates that could change this year.
Salesforce Banks on Rapid Revenue Growth | Wall Street Journal
Salesforce finished 2016 on an impressive $10 billion run rate, with a stated goal of $20 billion in revenue. No rest for the weary, but it has been relying on rapid growth— some organic and some through aggresive acquisitions. The question this article raises is, can it continue its torrid pace to reach its lofty revenue goals.
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