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, Gmail's billion-user milestone shows the power of cloud. Since Gmail crossed the one-billion-user milestone recently, I thought it was time for a brief history lesson explaining some of the converging trends that got us here.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Amazon's zombie invasion loophole | Fortune
It's good to know that Amazon's lawyers are carefully considering every eventuality in their terms of service agreements for the company's new 3D gaming engine service. Apparently they even included a clause about zombie invasions (or perhaps it's a lawyer with a sense of humor).
Box CEO Aaron Levie talks with the WSJ about why the cloud landscape could look very different in five to 10 years and why it would be difficult for companies like Amazon to hone in on what his company does.
While the farm might seem like the last place to find technology religion, it is in fact a hot bed of technology activity with all the kinds of innovation happening and, yes, that includes the cloud.
Enterprises now using an average of six different clouds | Silicon Angle
One of the things we have learned about cloud computing is that it encourages a heterogeneous computing environment. Unlike back in the day when you bought the stack from one vendor like IBM or Microsoft, with the cloud you can buy various pieces from different vendors. This survey proves companies are spreading the wealth when it comes to the cloud.
Private clouds kind of suck | The Register
This is presented in a tongue-in-cheek Register humor package, but the author really believes that private clouds are inferior to their public cloud counterparts. He gets very specific too, outlining the problems with each of the most popular offerings (tempered with a heavy dose of that humor).
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