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, In all probability, the could is safer. Giving up control to a cloud vendor might seem less secure, but it might be the safest route to securing your data.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The future of computing | The Economist
We've been operating under Moore's Law, the idea that we would double computing power every two years since the 1970s. As we approach the limits of Moore's Law, though, it's worth noting that pure processing power becomes less important in the age of cloud computing as processing is moved to shared resources.
Box soars 13 percent on earnings beat | TechCrunch
Box is one of those cloud companies that seems to be a bellweather for young SaaS properties, and it reported big quarterly revenue this week of $84 million, up 36 percent year over year. While it was still reporting a 26 cent per share loss, that was better than the 29 cents Wall Street analysts were expecting. So it goes on Wall Street.
Quantum computing is a futuristic idea, which if it came to pass could theoretically solve the problem of the limits of silicon and Moore's Law mentioned earlier. Bill Gates, who was participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit this week, suggested that cloud computing could get us there faster, perhaps within the next decade.
Cloud computing giant signs huge wind contracts | EarthTechling
How can you resist a story that includes cloud and wind? Salesforce made a commitment to support alternative energy in 2013, and recently it agreed to use data centers that are using alternative energy sources instead of fossil fuels whenever possible, with an ultimate goal of 100 percent alternative energy sources.
Google has introduced a new set of documentation to help web site owners use its machine learning and cloud platforms to build their own recommendation engines. Imagine a travel site recommending destinations or hotels. That generally takes a fair bit of programming knowledge, and Google is trying to offer it in a package.
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