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, The cloud is coming soon to a car near you. With CES this week, there's lots of talk about the connected car, and when cars need to connect to external devices and data sources, that's probably going to involve the cloud.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
One organization is predicting faster and cheaper cloud services in the coming year. As we've seen in the past with Moore's Law, we have gotten better performance at increasingly lower costs, and a similar dynamic could be in play in the cloud, especially with container technology pushing more efficiency.
Security now key driving force in cloud adoption | ITProPortal.com
We are finally starting to see the security argument against cloud computing get flipped. Instead of seeing the cloud as a less secure option, respondents to a survey by Rackspace reported that they found the cloud to be a safer option. (Of course, it's worth keeping in mind that it was a survey conducted by a cloud vendor.)
Intel Stepping Outside - with its eye on the clouds | Quocirca Insights
As the PC market continues to decline, Intel, the world's biggest chip maker, is looking to the cloud. It hopes to peg part of its future on the Internet of Things and another part on the big cloud players (who still need physical data centers to sell their services).
2016’s biggest cloud computing conferences | NetworkWorld
One way to keep up with what's going on in the cloud computing landscape is to visit some of the myriad of conferences offered each year. This article lists some of the top ones you might consider attending.
One last set of predictions for the new year from the always astute Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols. Among his predictions, he sees the cloud merger-and-acquisition market continuing to heat up, the rise of containers, and open source playing a bigger role.
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