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, Public cloud is where disruption will happen. One analyst suggested in a Tweet Storm the other day that the only cloud that matters is public cloud and the rest is basically a garbage bin set of terms to please the markets. I can't totally disagree, but I also know a hybrid mix of public and private computing is going to exist for a long time to come.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Pivotal, the company that was spun out by EMC, VMware and GE and has developed the open source Platform as a Service Cloud Foundry, has hired the man who helped create AWS. It's a real coup for Pivotal, which has scored other high profile hires in the past.
It might seem counterintutitive to think shadow IT, the notion of folks launching their own software instead of using whatever the company is offering, could be helpful to IT. But if you can find a way to harness this activity, you can begin to find the software that people actually want to use, and that could be very useful to know.
Up until this year, Amazon didn't break out cloud revenue separately, so it's been hard to know exactly what percentage of the company's earnings come from the cloud. That's changing, and one analyst believes that it could reveal an additional $95 per share.
When Alibaba went public last year, it certainly made a splash. It came out of the gate with a $25B valuation, and at the time I speculated that perhaps AWS should be concerned about this. Alibaba has an Infrastructure as a Service offering and could use that money to build data centers. Well, that's exactly what it's starting to do, announcing its Silicon Valley location this week.
The CIA uses cloud computing. The next time someone says the cloud's not secure enough, just point out that fact. Of course, the intelligence agency isn't using the public cloud with all of the unwashed masses. It's got its own private space built on the Amazon stack.
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