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, Box and Microsoft's friendship is not as strange as it might seem. They may not be as good friends as Frog and Toad, but these two companies are finding a way to make it work.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
One interesting side effect of Amazon's decision to buy Whole Foods, and take a piece of Wal-Mart's grocery business was Wal-Mart telling its partners to leave AWS or lose them as a partner. Kind of a ridiculous reaction, but this article looks at what to do.
If you have been paying attention to Cisco for the past several years, you would have seen a company using large wads of its cash pile to buy up cloud software companies. It's part of a strategy to shift from its core networking business to subscription services in the cloud.
The big four cloud firms set for price war over serverless computing | Computerweekly
Just when it looked like cloud pricing could be stabilizing, a new area opens up ripe for competition and 451 Group thinks serverless computing is going to trigger the next price war. Grab your popcorn and take a seat.
That we have reached some sort of inflection point in the cloud seems clear. We have finally gotten past the early skepticism and just about everyone understands the importance of the cloud now. The question this analyst is asking is just how big this market is going to get in the coming years as more workloads move to the cloud.
Amazon apparently believes it doesn't control enough of the cloud yet. If reports from CNBC are true, it has a plan to go after Google's translation business too, which given its huge ambitions is probably right.
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