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.
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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
In this poignant piece, Malik lays out a huge problem. We lack a standard way of measuring the success of companies selling cloud services. He suggests that we come up with a common definition of cloud offerings and then a group of metrics that defines success. It's long overdue.
The future of computing | The Economist
As we approach the end of Moore's Law, the idea that computing power should double every two years, it begs the question what will come next. This thoughtful article suggests that as we move more computing to the cloud and share resources, we may not require as much raw power on our desktops.
The cloud company is delivering a double whammy to traditional hardware vendors like HP, Dell, and EMC. It's taking chunks of business with its infrastructure services that used to go to these firms. What's more, it's building much of its own hardware, so if these companies had ideas of simply selling to AWS, they have to think again. It's putting the hardware vendors between a rock and a hard place.
Amazon launches tool to ease database migration into its cloud | Seattle Times
Meanwhile, even as AWS eats into the core hardware business, it's also going after another data center mainstay, the enterprise database. One of the big issues facing companies is how to get that critical data into the cloud. AWS has an answer now, a database migration tool that they promise involves no downtime.
Cloud management deals validate enterprise adoption | TechTarget
Cisco's purchase of CliQr earlier this month punctuates the idea that the enterprise is fully in on the cloud. That's because Cisco's interest in CliQr is about helping its customers manage a hybrid cloud environment. As large enterprise customers make the transition to the cloud, they need tools to help them manage multiple platforms, regardless of the vendor, which could make CliQr quite useful for Cisco's customer base.
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