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, APIs could become the cloud platform differentiator. As cloud companies try to separate themselves from the competition, the quality of their APIs could be a difference-maker.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud forces Oracle to take a hard look at hardware biz | Fortune
When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems six years ago, it thought it would become a software and hardware one-two punch, but what it didn't see coming (or chose to ignore) was the cloud. Suddenly the hardware business is a losing proposition, and the company is hinting changes could be coming.
AWS catapulted Amazon into a breakout 2016 on Wall Street | TechCrunch
One of the reasons that Oracle's hardware business is facing such tough times is the growing power of AWS in the cloud. While other companies including Oracle are attempting to compete with them, it's hard to argue with the numbers in this analysis as Amazon continues to grow, pushed in large part by its cloud business.
OpenStack becomes 'de facto' private cloud | Computer Business Review
Those who forego public cloud options like AWS might be looking at OpenStack instead, the open source private cloud operating system. OpenStack has been slowly gaining momentum since its inception, and this author argues it has matured into the standard for private clouds.
Drew Houston turned a lost USB drive into a $10 billion business| Business Insider
This is a good interview on a lot of levels because it gives you insight into how Houston built Dropbox into a successful business, as well as how the company is trying to expand beyond that original idea.
10 trends that will influence cloud computing in 2017 | Information Age
Seems like the best way to close out our Cloud 5 for 2016 is with a list of cloud trends for the new year. This list attempts the impossible task of predicting what will be big in the coming year.
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