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, Salesforce flexes muscles on Boston stop of its world tour. Salesforce brought its world tour to Boston last week and between the Dropkick Murphys performance and some time with New England Patriots legendary head coach Bill Belichick, it was quite a display of its economic power.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Google's compute services went down for 18 minutes this week. It made the news because it's a cloud service, but how many internal systems go down every week for less than a half hour without it becoming a news story?
The New York Times apparently discovered the economics behind cloud infrastructure services. In article published this week, it explained how charging extremely discrete amounts of money adds up to big money fast because computing involves huge number of transactions.
IDC published a study recently, which confirmed what we already knew. Companies are transferring increasing amounts of money to the cloud, and as this happens, they are spending less on in-house infrastructure.
In the battle of dueling analyst firms, Gartner took a different take from IDC, studying overall IT spend. In real terms, IT spending is going down, but what about the overall technology budget that was previously charged to IT? While cloud drives the overall cost of using technology, the author sees that cost simply shifting away from IT to lines of business.
Satya Nadella is playing deeper game than anyone gave him credit for | Business Insider
When Steve Ballmer ran Microsoft it was all about the Windows and Office juggernauts, but since Satya Nadella took over, there has been a palpable shift in strategy as the company looks beyond the Windows franchise to the cloud, and tries for a broader approach beyond pure Microsoft products.
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