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 most recent blog posts, What MSPs could learn from Netflix. You probably think your managed service provider business has little in common with a streaming media service like Netflix, but you might be surprised what you could learn from Netflix and how it runs its IT department.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:Nicholas Carr calls out cloud dawdlers | Sunday Morning Herald
Nicholas Carr has been a visionary when it comes to the cloud, predicting it would have a major impact on IT long before it was on the radar of most, leading Steve Ballmer to call Carr's claims "hogwash." But of course he was right and now he's calling out the stragglers to get with the cloud program.
Seems even Microsoft has gotten behind the cloud and with Ballmer gone, the company's future appears to be in the cloud. Microsoft's Mark Russinovich explains the company's cloud vision in this piece, which includes Office 365 on the front end and Azure on the back.
Microsoft introduces 'cloud on ramps' for SharePoint users | FierceContentManagement
Last year Microsoft began pushing SharePoint in the cloud pretty hard, but customers have been reluctant to come along. To make the move more palatable, Microsoft has created a couple of paths that lets customers make a slow shift to the cloud instead of going all in. They are hoping that customers will find this hybrid approach more attractive.
It's David vs. Goliath in the PaaS market | CITEworld
When it comes to PaaS there are big players like Microsoft, Google and AWS and much smaller players, which are not household names like CloudBees and Engine Yard. These smaller players certainly face a challenge, but that doesn't mean they will neccessarily be driven out by the bigger players - and that's what makes the market interesting right now
Out of space in data centers, GW may move to cloud computing | The GW Hatchet
In this interesting post, a college CIO explains that with his data centers running at capacity and spread out of across two campuses, he's ready to move some of the load to the cloud to get extra capcity and simplify the management across two locations.
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