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, Rackspace earnings shows there's big money in small slices of cloud market. Rackspace had its earning reports, and it made some money. It's not AWS or Microsoft money, but it grew fairly substantially proving that even a small slice of the cloud market could produce big results, especially when a company is a little flexible about its strategy.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
When Pink Floyd once sang, "What have we found, the same old fears," they could have been singing about cloud computing security fears. In spite of a growing body of evidence to the contrary, a survey found that cloud security worries persist.
Meet Home, Google's answer to Amazon Echo | USA Today
Google held its I/O developer conference this week and came out with a slew of new product announcements including a new digital assistant called Home, its answer to the Amazon Echo, which, of course, communicates answers via the cloud.
Salesforce boosts outlook after topping first-quarter expectations | Wall Street Journal
Some things don't seem to change. We have another quarter and another great earnings report for Salesforce. The company boasted $1.92 billion in revenue and beat analysts' expectations, paying 24 cents per share.
Microsoft and SAP love grows stronger in the cloud | TechCrunch
SAP and Microsoft have been smitten with each other for years, and this week at the Sapphire conference in Florida, the two companies announced a deeper commitment. SAP HANA will get access to management and security tools in Azure, and there will be deeper integration between Office 365 information and SAP tools such as Concur and SuccessFactors.
Alibaba just announced a deal with Softbank to bring the company's infrastructure services to Japan, and there seems to be little doubt that Alibaba will keep pushing hard in the cloud. The question is how much progress can it make in the next five years, and this article takes a look at the growth possibilities for the Chinese cloud services giant.
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