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.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud computing may be hampering tech spending: Analyst report | Wall Street Journal
This is one of those articles that is stating the obvious. As IT shifts to the cloud in earnest, money for data center equipment and software is coming off the budget and going to cloud vendors. Seems like a logical outcome.
Cisco and Pivotal might seem like a strange match, but the two announced a deal this week to sell Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Cisco's Metapod products to companies looking to build private clouds in their own data centers. Pivotal is an independently run company owned jointly by EMC, VMware, and GE. (The EMC/VMware pieces will soon be part of Dell should that deal go through later this year.)
Wake up! The private cloud fantasy is over | Infoworld
Writing on Infoworld, David Linthicum says that private clouds will eventually represent a small part of the overall cloud market (a point of view with which I agree) and that the market itself might have peaked. He sees it slowing down as companies focus primarily on the public cloud in the future.
Interesting piece here in which the author suggests that the cloud price war could be ending as the top-tier cloud vendors start battling on features. That could be so as Microsoft and Amazon begin a fight for the hearts and minds of the largest enterprises—or it could be that the two aren't mutually exclusive.
Gearing up for the cloud, AT&T tells its workers: Adapt, or else | New York Times
Like so many large companies, AT&T is facing disruption on a number of fronts. AT&T's CEO recognizes this and has been trying to retrain his workforce for a more modern skill set. Unfortunately, he's asking them to do it on their own time (and sometimes on their own dime), and it will probably take a more concerted effort to get it done.
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