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, IBM's cloud bet is finally about to pay off. So IBM had another quarter of down revenue —its 18th straight—but the good news is that it's starting to trend in the right direction. It could just be that the company's long, slow march to the cloud is beginning to pay off.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The Wall Street Journal found a list of possible Salesforce M&A targets in a leaked email from board member Colin Powell. The list was quite an eye opener because it included just about every valuable SaaS player on the planet—and didn't include Twitter.
Clueless CIO cloud confusion continues | Computerworld
At Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo, a Gartner exec suggested there was some confusion about the cloud. This author believes this was nonsense, and although some companies are just throwing a cloud label on an old offering, most IT execs understand the notion at this point.
Pivotal Cloud Foundry wants to help companies run software on any cloud platform and this week it made a big deal with Google to make sure it's deeply integrated with the Google Cloud platform. Pivotal customers can choose among any of the big three infrastructure providers and Google gets access to Pivotal's customer base to help grow its enterprise cloud business.
Cisco and VMware eat their anticloud words | Infoworld
There was a time when Cisco and VMware made fun of Amazon getting into the infrastructure business. Today, they are partners with the biggest cloud infrastructure players. Times change, people change.
If you want proof the cloud is growing at a rapid rate, look at the data center expansion plans of the biggest players. They are adding new regions at an accelerated rate as worldwide demand increases—and some regions and countries demand data stays local (which kind of defeats the idea of cloud computing, but that's an argument for another day).
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