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, Microsoft scores valuable cloud usage data with Cloudyn acquisition. When Microsoft acquired Cloudyn, it got more than some good technology, it got access to valuable usage data across clouds.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The big question with Oracle is just how successful a cloud player it can be. Right now it has the hype machine in full gear, and while its cloud revenue appears to be rising, it still has a long way to go in terms of technology and marketshare.
Amazon just opened an office in Stockholm — and embarks on a hiring spree | Business Insider
Amazon knows a market opportunity when it sees it, and following the announcement last spring that it was opening three new data centers in the Nordic region, the company opened a shiny new office in Stockholm recently and begun hiring. Northern Europe is a fast-growing area and Amazon hopes to take advantage.
While the cloud business continues to grow at a breakneck pace, it only makes sense that it creates some economic tailwind, and cloud-related businesses are showing growth too, whether that's security, identity, communications, and others.
As the latest wave of cyber attacks has swept over the computer landscape, you may notice that the major cloud vendors remain unaffected. Why is that? Mostly because these guys create layers of protection, tools, and techniques that most private companies can't touch. The old idea that the cloud is less safe has been disproven again and again. As this author says, the opposite is actually true.
How hot is Nvidia these days? Its speedy GPU chips are being used increasingly for artificial intelligence projects, and this week it made an agreement with Chinese search giant, Baidu, to use those GPU chips across a variety of projects including in the cloud, that could be a gift that keeps on giving for Nvidia for years to come.
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