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.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Fear your on-premises security, not the cloud | Infoworld
A recent vendor report found security issues with the cloud. This author suggests that the cloud is much safer than your on-prem data center, and given the recent breach history, it's hard to disagree.
By now, just about everyone knows Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26 billion this week, but what you may not know is that Salesforce was supposedly also gunning for the professional network. (Or perhaps it just wanted to drive up the price for its frenemy Microsoft).
The title should have the word 'again' at the end because IBM has had to reinvent itself a number of times. This time, it's hoping the cloud, Watson, security, and analytics can drive its transformation. It's not having an easy time with the transition, but it's too soon to count them out either.
Samsung will acquire cloud-computing company Joyent | TechCrunch
Not to be left out of the cloud game, Samsung announced it was buying cloud computing company Joyent yesterday. It's hard to say if this is about competing in the cloud computing market or just a declaration of independence from its cloud computing rivals.
Powering a more connected and collaborative enterprise | Google for Work Blog
Google introduced a new search tool this week that lets you search across all of the content on your Google Apps and get some help as you work (a bit of intelligence as a bonus). There have been third-party tools that let you search across cloud services, but surprisingly this is a big deal because Google (a search company) is just introducing this capabilility.
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