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, Why do some in IT resist change? IT has always been a profession that's continually evolved, and yet there seems to be a firm resistance to the latest changes around consumerization, mobile and the cloud by some in the profession that's really hard to understand, especially in that historical context.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud price wars: Who wins, Amazon or Google? | CITEworld
Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine had dueling press conferences this week with a similar announcement. They were both aggressively cutting prices. Good news for buyers, but it's hard to make sense of the cuts and what they mean. This article provides some insights and a couple of handy charts for a means of comparison.
Hard to believe at this point in the history of cloud computing, but a lot of misconceptions still exist and this post citing data from a recent study attempts to put some of these to rest. The fact is a majority of companies are investing budget in the cloud and life is still going on inside companies as before.
Google has an idea, a perfectly wonderful awful idea (to quote the great Dr. Seuss). They want to cut prices and in the process steal away AWS's customers. It's not a bad plan, but it will take more than attractive pricing to build a business. They will still have to innovate and earn the business.
Cisco Joins Race to Offer Cloud Services | WSJ.com
Not to be left out of the cloud services announcement onslaught this week, Cisco announced its own plans for the cloud beyond acting as the glue in the data centers (as in switches and routers). They plan to invest a billion dollars in the cloud, banking on the unusual idea of multiple clouds to connect different kinds of information, and especially betting on the Internet of Things, which may be the best part of this announcement.
When you follow the cloud long enough, you begin to see a pattern in the types of reactions you get to it. It's so predictable, in fact, it's almost laughable, but over time these stereotypes can become annoying. In this piece, a writer who covers the cloud extensively, and admits he doesn't understand how people can't see its value, identifies three types of so-called experts that really get his goat.
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