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, Amazon makes SaaS-y move with new Chime communications tool. Amazon announced a new service this week, a communications tool, which is a big departure from its previous products. Perhaps it's ready to take stab higher up the cloud stack.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Salesforce's hiring of ex-Oracle exec Keith Block is paying off in a big way | Business Insider
Back in 2013, Marc Benioff decided to recruit Keith Block from Oracle to make the company's push into large enterprise customers. It turns out he made a good decision. Under Block's watch the company has grown from a $3 billion company in 2013, to one that's on a $10 billion run rate today.
Optimizing data center placement and network design | Physics.org
This is admittedly the geeky side of the cloud, but this article looks at how the increasing amount of data stored in the cloud will have an impact on performance. When that happens your data center placement and network design will matter much more.
Google launches Cloud Spanner | TechCrunch
Google launched a new database product this week commercially that it has been using in-house to run services like Adwords and GMail. It's fairly complex, but suffice to say, it lets developers scale data to virtually unlimited levels of data, while giving transactional consistency they are used to getting from traditional relational databases.
We've heard it's coming for some time, but the reality is that many companies have started moving major workloads to the cloud, whether it's Evernote moving its entire content store to Google Cloud or Salesforce moving parts of their workloads to AWS. Some large enterprise companies like GE have vowed to close the majority of their data centers over the next several years.
Alibaba is a late comer to the cloud infrastructure market, but it's reportedly doing well in China and Asia. Much like Amazon, it's using a giant retail operation to drive a cloud business. Last week, it announced it was doubling capacity at its Hong Kong data center.
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