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, OpenStack makes some important friends. OpenStack turned five last month. This week it made some important friends who want to help accelerate the open source cloud project.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Chinese eCommerce giant, Alibaba, announced a new artificial intelligence tool that uses machine learning techniques to predict behavior. This may be a first in China, but actually puts it in line with US cloud providers who offer similar services.
VMware is trying to maintain relevance in an increasingly competitive market space, and it claims that virtualization on its tools offers a better price/performance ratio over public cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Do with that information what you will.
Intel has apparently decided the future of its chip business depends on the cloud, and as such it made a significant investment this week in OpenStack startup Mirantis, offering a combination of equity, spending, and putting Intel resources to bear on improving OpenStack in the enterprise.
Every year or two a cloud data center gets hit by lightning and there is an outage while the engineers scramble to get it back up. This time it resulted in a bit of data loss too, which is more unusual.
Velostrata is a cloud computing startup with an interesting idea. It's decoupling storage and compute, enabling admins to shift a virtual machine to the public cloud with just the right amount of data to make it happen in minutes rather than days, while leaving storage in place on-prem.
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