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, Can anyone stop Amazon Web Services? As we head into 2016, lots of companies are fighting for a piece of the cloud pie, but the juggernaut that is AWS is going to be very tough to stop.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
2015 was a key year for the cloud, one where it really seemed to hit the mainstream in organizations large and small. It's commonplace now, and in the view of this writer, it means it's time to treat it as an integral part of an organization's technology stack.
AWS keeps on working and creating new products to challenge its rivals. This week, it introduced the smallest, cheapest EC2 instance ever at just $4.75 per month per instance. That is seriously cheap compute power.
Oracle still playing catch-up in cloud | Fortune
Oracle reported that its cloud revenue was up 30 percent to $652 million, but like many of the larger technology companies, it's caught in between its old business model selling software and hardware on-prem and its future model selling cloud services.
3 key cloud trends for 2016 | Infoworld
David Linthicum, who writes frequently about all things cloud, looks into the 2016 crystal ball, and he sees cloud operating systems, containers, and training and certification gaining steam next year.
As the cloud matures, this writer believe it's time we started treating the cloud as a full stack, just as we do in-house. You could argue that companies like AWS are already thinking in those terms, but this is thinking in broader terms across clouds, not just for a single vendor.