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, Oracle's tricky transition to cloud. Oracle is trying its best to build up its cloud market, after dawdling for years. Can it catch up now?
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
In a big win for cloud privacy, the US Federal Appeals Court ruled this week that the Department of Justice can't issue warrants for data stored on Microsoft servers overseas. This involved a case of viewing emails stored on a server in Ireland.
Just two days before AppDynamics was going to go public, Cisco bought the startup for an impressive price of $3.7 billion, giving them a tidy exit. Cisco already had data at the network level, but the acqusition gives them insight into applications too.
Oracle cuts hardware jobs as cloud looms | Fortune
As Oracle's cloud business grows, something has to give, and it seems that the growth comes at the cost of the hardware market. Unfortunately, that means some people will lose their jobs as a result of the transition.
Alibaba Grows Beyond E-Commerce | Bloomberg
Alibaba announced some impressive numbers this week during their quarterly earnings report, and while the vast majority of the revenue came from its eCommerce business, some came from its other businesses including cloud computing, which grew again at a triple digit rate.
The quiet revolution of serverless computing | IT Business Edge
The idea of serverless computing kind of defies logic, but in reality there is a server there, it's just not always on. It only comes into play when you need it, and you only get charged when a transaction runs. This could change the way we design programs and the way we pay for the underlying cloud infrastructure in a cloud setting.
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