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, Snap's relationship with Google Cloud is kind of complicated. When Snap (makers of SnapChat) filed their IPO paperwork last week, they revealed a special relationship with Google Cloud. What's interesting is they identified the relationship as a possible risk factor for investors.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Just days after filing its S-1, Snap filed an amended form that showed it not only had a $2 billion deal with Google Cloud (as we blogged about this week), but it also has a $1 billion deal with AWS, spreading the wealth as many companies do in the cloud.
Middle East and North Africa public cloud spend to hit $2bn by 2020 | ComputerWeekly
While the cloud business in general grows by leaps and bounds — AWS is on a $14 billion run rate alone — it's easy to think this is a US/Europe/Asia market, but there is significant market developing in the Middle East and North Africa that could add up to $2 billion in the next few years.
AWS CEO: Luck gave Amazon’s cloud-computing unit a boost | Seattle Times
In an interview on how AWS developed, AWS's Andy Jassy explains they were in the right place at the right time, so in that sense, a bit of luck played into their success. They took their chance and ran with it though.
Cloud computing continues to rise—and fast | Networkworld
While cloud computing companies continue to report gawdy growth rates and impressive run rates, it shows just how fast the cloud is growing. It took awhile to really catch on, but it has clearly passed the proverbial tipping point.
Microsoft has agreed to offer free "patent troll" defense for its cloud customers. Microsoft owns over 10,000 patents of its own, so it's saying that if anyone sues contesting ownership of those patents, Microsoft would protect its customers (which seems like a given doesn't it)?
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