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, On the eve of Dreamforce, Salesforce has grown into cloud powerhouse. Salesforce is the grandfather of cloud companies, and perhaps the most successful. At Dreamforce this week, it got to show off all of its glory.
And without further delay, here are this week's links:
Microsoft and Cisco Early Users of Salesforce.com’s IoT Cloud | Wall Street Journal
Salesforce introduced a new Internet of Things cloud this week to help customers deal with the growing amount of information from sensors, connected devices, and other sources. Microsoft and Cisco are among the first working on tools built on top of that platform.
New survey shows cloud acquisition basics challenge DoD | FierceGovernmentIT
The Department of Defense is looking to save money and reduce complexity when it moves to the cloud, but a recent FierceGovernmentIT survey found that a vast majority of respondents struggle with security issues around the cloud, which is not surprising given the audience.
We've talked about Alibaba's cloud infrastructure bet, but another Chinese tech giant is going after the cloud too, as Tencent, best known as the developer of a popular chat tool, also places a billion-dollar bet on this market.
I can tell you first-hand about the madness of Dreamforce, and I've even heard there were more than 160,000 registered attendees (although not all of them came). Suffice to say, you couldn't get a hotel room this week or move around very easily in San Francisco with this many people attending Dreamforce.
This author is fed up with people who don't get that cloud has taken over the desktop, and frankly he thinks it's about time everyone faces reality.
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