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, It's time to run political campaigns in the cloud. As we've seen with the DNC and Clinton campaign hacks, keeping your data in private datacenters is not more secure than moving it to the cloud. Maybe it's time campaigns started going with this option more.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Satya Nadella on a middle-aged Microsoft | Bloomberg
Satya Nadella understands that the days of the desktop are diminishing and he needs to lead his company to what's next—not to live in the past. As you can imagine, if you've been paying attention at all, that future involves the cloud.
What real cloud-native apps will look like | TechCrunch
This author says you don't have to move to the cloud all at once. It's a process starting with moving an existing app to AWS or other infrastructure provider, then developing your own on your PaaS of choice. Those truly advanced organizations can go serverless and have payments based on events, rather than hosting an application 24/7.
It's probably not surprising since all of the major cloud companies are from the US, that they dominate in Western Europe too. Each of the big companies has built datacenters in the EU to comply with EU privacy laws and data rules.
Now, that's a headline grabber. It seems that stodgy car companies like Toyota are looking to the future and what they see is cloud-based robots where on-board sensors, computing, storage and memory are connected to a cloud-datacenter to provide the vehicle with real-time intelligence.
With a slow IPO market and the private money supply tightening up, you might have noticed there has been quite a bit of M&A action lately, much involving the cloud. If predictions are correct, that's only going to continue throughout this year.
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