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, AWS public cloud domination even greater than previously thought. New data from Synergy Research finds when you look at the pure public cloud infrastructure market, AWS's lead is even larger than we previously believed.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
It's that time of year when we start getting the obligatory trend reports for next year, and frankly, this seems a bit early. If you want to get a sense of where cloud computing is going in the coming year, this could help.
Two deals that got away from Salesforce | Wall Street Journal
Marc Benioff explains what happened in the LinkedIn dea when he went up against a better-heeled Microsoft and lost. He also talks a bit about why he wanted Twitter, and claims this is the first time a deal ever leaked to the press. It's an interesting read, with video to go with it.
If you are of the belief that it's impossible for a private cloud to keep up with the innovation going in the public cloud, this article is for you. It methodically outlines the reasons that private clouds are a false promise and offers some numbers to back up that assertion.
There have been rumors flying that CenturyLink wants to buy Level 3. The prevailing wisdom suggests that getting larger will help CenturyLink compete better in the cloud infrastructure market, but this author isn't sure it will move the marketshare needle all that much.
Alibaba’s Q2 earnings beat forecast, boosted by cloud computing business | South China Morning Post
Seems that all the cloud infrastructure players are doing well. You might wonder how that's even possible for them all to be growing. It's simply because the market is still expanding rapidly and has a very high ceiling. For now, many players are going to be growing in huge percentage terms, but it doesn't mean they have huge marketshare in most cases.
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