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, AWS's Jassy: Cloud agility drives innovation. Even though Andy Jassy has a stake in the argument, when he talks about the organizational benefits of cloud computing, he's worth listening to.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
You might think this odd, but with marijuna laws relaxing in many states, it could become a big business in the coming years and having tools to manage an...ahem...unusual business in the cloud, could put Microsoft on the forefront of a lucrative market.
Cloud computing is moving to outer space? | SmartData Collective
We go from spaced out to outer space where a company has plans to move the cloud storage to satellites orbiting the earth. It would certainly bring a whole new meaning to cloud computing.
The CIO can help or hinder a shift to the cloud. If you have a forward-thinking leader who understands the agility and speed the cloud gives the business, it's fine, but if it's someone who is protecting the traditional IT function, this author argues it may be time to look for someone else.
Microsoft never had a reputation of being Linux-friendly in years past, but under the leadership of Satya Nadella much has changed and Microsoft sees what everyone does. The cloud often runs on top of Linux and open source components, so perhaps it's not surprising that almost a third of Azure VMs are running Linux (or maybe it's surprising it's not a higher percentage).
Docker has left many of its functions to third parties in the past, but like many growing companies as it evolves, it adds more functionality to the core product. This week at DockerCon, the company's developer conference it announced it was building in an orchestration layer to make it easier to manage the containers you're deploying.
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