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, Cloud computing market suddenly getting frothy. As Google, Oracle, and even GoDaddy compete for a piece of the cloud market, it's suddenly getting quite interesting.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
How cloud software is different | ZDNet
It's easy to think that the location of your application doesn't matter, but this author argues that there are fundamental differences between your data center and the cloud and you have to take these into consideration, especially when migrating existing applications.
Cloud computing: We'll never be all in, say most companies | TechRepublic
This is an interesting survey. While it finds that almost every company has moved at least some workloads to the cloud, it also finds that most companies swear they will never be all-in in the cloud. I'm not so sure about that. Check back in 10 years.
As companies look for energy-efficient ways to operate data centers, solar is cheaper than fossil fuels. It may be that companies want to do the right thing and save the planet, or it could be just an economic decision. Either way, solar is going to be a big part of the future of the cloud.
Dropbox moves from AWS to a hybrid cloud model | CSC Blogs
The mainstream media has suggested Dropbox simply left AWS, but that's not what happened. In fact, Dropbox took a good part of its U.S. storage business in-house but continues to work with AWS for it's business outside the United States. Veteran tech journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols sets the record straight.
It was Microsoft's turn to take center stage this week, and it made a slew of announcements around the cloud at its Build Developer conference, including the GA of Microsoft Azure Service Fabric, its Platform-as-a-Service offering.
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