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, Oracle doesn't find the cloud funny anymore. Larry Ellison famously made fun of the cloud back in 2008. Oracle plans to provide 95 percent of its offerings in cloud by fall. Guess it's not a joke anymore.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Not surprisingly the police are trying to harness the power of big data to help catch bad guys, and this often involves using the scalability of the cloud to deal with all that data.
Cloud Services to Take Off in Africa | Africa Outlook Magazine
Africa could be the next frontier for cloud computing as connection speeds and infrastructure improves and costs drop. Analysts are also seeing other barriers like enterprise resistance to the cloud dropping in the region.
Surprise: More Cloud Benefits Are Emerging | Information Management
It may not actually be a surprise as we've been talking about these benefits for years, but over time as more companies adopt the cloud model, those predictions of greater efficiency and economies of scale are beginning to bear fruit. And this writer has found the more cloud you use, the more efficient you get.
How Cloud Computing is shaping the future of technology | Movie TV Tech Geeks News
This isn't exactly news, but the cloud is changing the way we think of computing resources and how we deal with every aspect of technology. The beauty of the cloud of course is that doesn't matter where we are or what device we are using. We can always access our data. As connections improve across the world, we should see increased use of cloud computing (as the Africa story above illustrates).
Cloud computing by the numbers infographic | Mashable
Some fun facts here including that cloud industry revenue has more than tripled since 2008, more than 60 percent of busineses now use the cloud for IT operations and 2014 was the first year that more than 50 percent of workloads were processed in the cloud instead of the traditional data center.
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