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 VMware wants to be your cloud company. At VMworld last week, VMware made it clear it wants to be your cloud vendor, helping to support a hybrid cloud environment, which represents a sharp shift in direction from the virtualization giant.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Many ways to define PaaS - platform as a service | diginomica
For many, the cloud remains a mystery, but it's easier to understand if you think of it as software, infrastructure, and a development platform delivered as a service. For many, the PaaS piece is the most difficult to get. This piece tries to explain.
Cloud gets cheaper. Google's preemptible VMs generally available | Computerworld
The Big 3 — Amazon, Google and Microsoft — are forever engaged in a game of cloud feature/pricing chess. When one makes a move, so does the other and it often involves driving the pricing down — as was the case with Google's preemptive virtual machine announcement this week.
Well, this is pretty interesting. Apparently Alibaba is cooling one its data center from a near-by lake. I'm not sure how environmentally friendly that is, or how it stacks up with Facebook, which has come up with an air-cooled system.
Microsoft made another move in that aforementioned cloud chess match, spending $250 million for cloud security firm Adallom. The acquisition gives them a key security piece for their cloud platform.
Uncovering the Real Value of the Cloud | IT Business Edge
The transition to the cloud hasn't been easy for everyone, especially organizations with a mixed legacy environment. This author asserts to extract the full value from the cloud in those situations where it's not a born in the cloud shop, is going to present an integration challenge, especially with modern workloads.
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