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, Cloud companies like this Internet of Things. There's a reason that the big cloud vendors like Salesforce.com and AWS are suddenly enamored with the Internet of Things. Think data — lots and lots of data.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
It seems like an odd coincidence that while Dell and EMC were hammering out the details of their massive $67 billion deal, Amazon was flexing its cloud muscles at its re:invent conference. The Economist sees this deal as an attempt by two old-guard companies to stay relevant and battle Amazon in the cloud.
While it might seem strange to credit Edward Snowden, the man who revealed the scope of NSA surveillance, with transforming cloud attitudes in business, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger thinks that's exactly what happened. Specifically, it forced companies to think beyond a single cloud to a multi-cloud environment.
This is one of those revelations that seems so clear that it's hardly worth saying. But, new research has found that cloud adoption is not only widespread, it's also happening faster than was expected.
Alibaba has made it clear it wants to be a player in the cloud infrastructure market. While Amazon Web Services remains the biggest player by far in this market, Alibaba continues to grow its presence, announcing a second U.S. data center this month in Silicon Valley.
Has the NSA balkanized the cloud market? | Network World
Where the VMware CEO sees the Snowden revelations as a cloud catalyst, Network World writer Tom Henderson sees a more negative impact — creating a bunch of cloud islands with data and equipment duplication the cloud and the internet were supposed to eliminate.
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