Cloud 5: Microsoft's cloud stumble, IBM's struggles continue

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 22, 2016 9:55:43 AM

FullSizeRender_6-1.jpgWelcome 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.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

IBM's big investments will take time to mature | Forbes

After 16 straight quarters of falling revenue, it's clear IBM is a company deep in transition, but it's not like it doesn't see that. It is shifting its focus to areas like cloud, analytics, security, Watson, and other places it believes it can thrive in the future. The problem is that shifts like this take time and Wall St. tends to be impatient.

Capital One open sources Cloud Custodian AWS resource management tool | TechCrunch

Capital One is a financial services company, but like every company out there these days it's developing software too. Last year, it developed a tool called Cloud Custodian to manage AWS resources from a central place. It open sourced that tool this week on GitHub.

Microsoft and its cloud stumble a bit | Fortune

It's one step forward, two steps back as Microsoft makes its big cloud bet. It's not an easy transition for any company. Just ask Oracle and IBM. It was actually mixed news for Microsoft with sales up and profits down, suggesting they could be giving away a lot to prime the pump and get people onto Azure.

Intel is cutting 11% of its workforce—and finally getting real about the PC business | Quartz

The cloud and mobile finally caught up with Intel this week. The PC business has been trending down for several years, and the company's PC chip business has traditionally been its bread and butter. The end result was 12,000 people out of a job as Intel tries to redirect the business in new ways around the cloud and Internet of Things.

Survey: AWS commands fierce loyalty | Infoworld

In yet another cloud survey, the results were a bit confusing but not surprising if you follow the cloud market closely. On one hand, it found customers are loyal to AWS, but on the other they're willing to try other clouds. That fits in with other research that suggests the same customer can be using multiple cloud services. It also explains why the cloud market is growing so fast and has so much long-term potential in spite of AWS' head start.

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