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, Adobe reaps rewards of recurring revenue. When Adobe transformed from a boxed software company to one based on recurring revenue, they couldn't have dreamed how successful it would be.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Will Google Cloud catch up? | Datamation
In spite of its cloud pedigree as a company that has helped build and operate some of the world's largest cloud services, Google faces an enormous challenge as it tries to catch market front-runners AWS and Microsoft. Yet in this author's view, they have a compelling story to tell and you can't count them out.
In the age of the cloud, interoperability is key. Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise then that Microsoft, which is has shown an inclination to open its platform under Satya Nadella, would team with Adobe to run its analytics products on the Microsoft cloud. The deal also lets customers add Adobe analytics data to Dynamics 365 and Power BI.
Keeping a cloud service secure, especially one that is attempting to cater to the needs of highly regulated industries like finance in healthcare, requires a delicate balancing act. You must provide the highest levels of protection, while at the same time not stifling the innovation that makes a cloud service a reasonable alternative to legacy choices.
Cloud infrastructure vendors are like any other. They want you to do everything with them, but is it a smart approach to put all of your cloud eggs in a single vendor's basket? It depends who you ask, but having multiple vendors allows you to play them off one another in terms of price and as they continue to compete on features, you get to pick and choose the best ones.
Blockchain is the digital ledger idea that came about to trade bitcoin. IBM and others want to commercialize that concept and this week IBM released its first Blockchain as a Service at its InterConnect conference. The idea is to build applications in the cloud that can take advantage of a digital ledger, while reducing some of the inherent complexity in running such a service.
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