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, Intel layoffs post-mortem points to cloud, mobile as primary suspects. Intel had some bad news last week for 12,000 people who will be laid off over the next several months, and when you look at the trends responsible for this outcome, they point squarely to cloud and mobile.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
OwnCloud is a nice little open source project that allows people to, well, build their own cloud rather than using a public cloud service. As with many open source projects, there is a commercial arm to support enterprise customers, and last week, the CTO and project founder resigned from the company citing disagreements with the community.
Amazon, Microsoft invest billions as computing shifts to cloud | Seattle Times
While it's clear to anyone paying attention that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are gearing up for a commercial public cloud future, seeing some figures on company spending is telling. According to a chart in this article, the three companies were in the top 10 in R&D spending for 2015 (along with Intel). I suspect a good portion of that is going to the cloud.
OpenStack, an open source private cloud project, has proven popular in its early years of development, but it's difficult to deploy, requiring a highly technical staff. Some companies have tried to simplify that by building appliances. CoreOS is taking a different route, putting OpenStack inside Linux containers to make it simpler to deploy and manage. They get an A for creativity.
Aaron Levie on the future of Box | TechCrunch
Poor Aaron Levie is constantly having to defend his company, whether defining what it actually does — it's more about content management in the cloud than it is about storage — or being the poster child for SaaS and subscription companies on Wall Street. TechCrunch's Katie Roof puts him through his paces in this interview.
Some interesting numbers here. What sticks out for me is that OpenStack is maturing and that 65 percent of respondents say they have it fully in production. What surprises me is that of the companies deploying OpenStack less than 15 percent are telcos — this is a vertical that vendors are gunning for in the years ahead.
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