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 and IoT were made for each other. When you consider the massive data requirements that Internet of Things will bring as sensors supply a constant stream of information, the cloud and its elastic resources appears to be the perfect match.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Elevate to the cloud with AWS startup program | TechTarget
AWS is hoping to build customer loyalty from startups early on, so it's created a program that includes credits, training, and support to get startups comfortable using its services. Of course, the competition is doing much the same thing.
Interview with Frank Karlitschek of ownCloud | Opensource.com
The ownCloud founder created his product because he was worried that the public cloud was taking control of computing away from end users. The open source product provides a familiar set of services, but gives users control over the security and privacy settings.
Alibaba Second-Quarter Revenue Misses Expectations | TechCrunch
Alibaba recently announced it was investing $1 billion to move further into the cloud infrastructure market, but its most recent quarterly earnings was mixed at best. The Chinese internet giant reported increased net income over a year ago, but at the same time reported its slowest quarter in three years.
Microsoft has been shifting its focus on a lot of fronts from an all-Microsoft approach to one that embraces alternative platforms. That includes Azure where a quarter of the activity is from Linux. For the modern Microsoft, it's much more important that customers are using its services, regardless of the underlying platform.
The Era Of Cloud Computing Interactive Timeline | Matillion
If you want to understand how we've gotten to this point in the cloud computing era, you can explore this interesting resource, which traces the roots of modern cloud computing all the way back to the beginning of computing itself.
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