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, SharePoint 2016 on prem is about putting lipstick on a hybrid pig. Microsoft released SharePoint 2016 this week, the on-prem version of its content management system. While it has a cloud version too, it continues to support both, and the latest version is just a case of putting lipstick on a hybrid pig. It's time to commit to the cloud.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
GoDaddy has been mostly about domain name management and website building, but last month it announced it was going to start selling cloud services too. The CEO sees this as a natural extension of what his company has been doing all along.
Cloud economics - Are you getting the bigger picture? | Cloud Technology Partners
In this piece, the author looks at several ways to measure cloud benefits. While cloud services can save you pure dollars and move the accounting from CapEx to OpEx expense, it also provides advantages that could be less quantifiable like elasticity and the agility that brings.
When I first started hearing about cloud computing in the 2008 timeframe, people who explained it to me used utilities as a metaphor. Just as we don't have a generator for every factory, we don't need a data center for every company. We can tap into an existing network and pay for what we use. This concept still applies (until Elon Musk supplies everyone with a generator).
HP has been a company lost in the woods for the past few years. It split the company into two pieces last year, and HPE is the enterprise piece where the cloud parts live. Yet a change in name hasn't made the HPE cloud strategy any less obtuse or confusing.
For a long time, only forward-thinking companies were using cloud services. Fast forward to today, and it's pretty much required if companies want to compete in fast-moving markets. The cloud goes hand in hand with digital transformation. Much of what we see today in terms of new digital platforms would not be possible without the cloud. If companies want to achieve similar success, using cloud services has to be tied to that approach.
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