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, China is the next cloud computing frontier. China represents an enormous market opportunity for US cloud companies, but don't expect Chinese internet companies to simply cede the market to them without a fight.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
When is a cloud, not a cloud | Forbes
It's both a paradoxical and obvious question, but ultimately a cloud has certain characteristics. If it lacks those it's a cloud in name only, but without all the associated benefits.
Rethinking Forms in the Age of Tablets and Amazon S3 | Dan Bricklin's Web Site
Dan Bricklin, the man who helped usher on the age of business computing on a PC when he developed VisiCalc, the precursor to the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet. He looks at forms in the digital age and quite rightly realizes with cloud and mobile, it takes more than simply shifting your paper form to digital.
Oh Gartner. If a hybrid model means that companies are using some percentage of cloud and some percentage of on-premises, I would think the vast majority of companies are already there. Now whether they are doing it successfully is another matter.
Alibaba has made it clear it wants a piece of the cloud computing market, and this week it opened up its latest data center in Singapore. It also announced it would be the site of its international cloud computing unit headquarters, opening next month.
Windows 10 is the end of cloud-free computing | The Verge
This author argues that the notion of Windows 10 phoning home frequently is just the nature of modern-day cloud computing. He rightly points out that every major technology company does it. Microsoft was simply the last holdout. Some tasks demand your computer communicate with a server.
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