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, AWS still bigger than all rivals combined. For all the bluster from its rivals in the cloud market. Amazon Web Services has more market share than all of them combined. But Microsoft is pushing hard to be number 2.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The week cloud computing took over the world | Networkworld
When Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM reported their cloud income in the same week, it confirmed what we already suspected. Cloud services are a multi-billion business that's still growing as more and more companies embrace the cloud.
How to Explain Cloud ROI to the C-Suite | CIO.com
You might think this article seems a bit on the basic side, especially in light of the previous article, but if you're still having a problem getting your company to take the cloud seriously, this article could help point out the advantages to execs.
What does HP think it’s doing? | Computerworld
Veteran technology writer Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been covering the industry for a lot of years, but he finds HP's flip-flopping on its cloud strategy baffling and wonders what is going on inside the company. Apparently, one hand doesn't seem to know what the other is doing.
Box turns the API world inside-out | David Strom's Web Informant
Box recently announced an unusual approach to APIs. Instead of having people build applications on top of Box, it is having companies embed Box inside applications. This allows them to take advantage of all the work Box has done to build security, content management, and other features into Box — and give access to those features in any application.
There has been a discussion about standards for cloud computing for some time. So far that hasn't happened, but the folks at Open Cloud Connect are trying to evangelize a standards-based approach to the cloud.
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