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, Salesforce wants to remove the friction between its product. Cloud companies have always been more friendly about working together and Salesforce is making sure its various tools play nicely together too.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Inside Oracle's acquisition machine | Fortune
If you want to know how Oracle decides to buy companies, including the cloud variety, read this fascinating article. When Oracle acquires a target, it lets the company continue to operate in a quasi-independent fashion, with the hope that it doesn't lose the edge that made it an attractive target in the first place.
The notion that cloud computing is like electricity is one I've been hearing since 2008 when I began covering cloud computing. The idea is that you don't own your own power plant. You buy the electricity you need. The same goes for a data center. You shouldn't own your servers, but buy the compute power you need -- and that's increasingly becoming the norm.
Private clouds are supposed to enable a company to run a cloud service inside its own data center, rather than using a public cloud service like AWS or Azure. It's pretty clear that any organization attempting this can't possibly keep up with what the vendors are doing, and can quickly lose the advantages that attracted them to the cloud.
Intel's battle for relevance | USA Today
Intel was the chip company for the PC era. Much like Microsoft, which was the operating system for the same period, Intel must find its way in the changing cloud world. Intel is struggling to find its place in this new reality, but it's looking at 5G, deep learning and cloud computing as it tries to remain relevant.
Meanwhile, as everyone tries to catch up with AWS, it's not exactly standing still. Instead of containers and servers, as we've come to understand Infrastructure as a Service, AWS sees a future with discrete processes and functions delivered in the form of managed services.
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