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, The cloud is the glue that keeps us connected. As we become increasingly connected to devices and one another, it is the cloud that keeps it all straight.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Google announced free, unlimited photo and video storage at its I/O developer conference this week, and while there are some limits on the quality of the photo or video you can upload, this is great move. Apple should follow suit if it's smart.
EMC is trying hard to transition from a big hardware company to a big cloud company and toward pursuit of that goal, it purchased Virtustream for a tidy $1.2 billion this week. The new company gives EMC a managed cloud services division and should address a real pain point enterprises face about transitioning large applications to the cloud.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that as more companies move more workload to the cloud, the cloud security market would be expanding. According to one report, the market was worth $4.5 billion last year, and is expected to reach almost $12 billion by 2022. I wouldn't be shocked if those numbers turn out to be conservative.
You might think if you're a big company looking at infrastructure in the cloud, you should naturally turn to AWS because it was first and remains the market leader by far. You should consider all the options though, and select the infrastructure vendor that is best suited for your use case.
GE has launched a cloud project to make wind farms run more efficiently. Using sensors, it will create a network of interconnected wind turbines, able to communicate with one another and managers through the cloud.
Photo Credit: Tomma Henckel. Used under CC 2.0 license.