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 announcements at re:invent put competitors on notice it's not standing pat. Google and Microsoft may have deeper pockets than AWS, but it has something they don't have: marketshare. And AWS let its rivals know it's not going to sit idly while they spend billions.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Microsoft talks about cloud computing | BetaWired
Microsoft held their shareholder meeting last week and the cloud played a big role as new-ish CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is following consumers to the cloud. To that end, Microsoft continues to push cloud and mobile themes while pushing cash cows Office and Windows further to the margins.
The thesis of this article is that Amazon cut its prices so that must mean it takes Google seriously. I imagine Amazon has been taking Google seriously for some time and this price cut is just the latest in a price change volley that seems to happen at a faster and faster clip. I'm not sure it's much more significant than that.
Survey: OpenStack Dominates Open Source Cloud | Virtualization Review
As though you needed the validation of a survey to know it, OpenStack dominates the Open Source cloud while rival (if you can call it that at this point) CloudStack, falls further and further behind. It's been clear for some time that OpenStack has taken a big lead and if it continues to build out the product, that probably won't change.
German company wants to turn cloud computing into distributed heating | Scientific American
This is a neat story and if it works, all the better. The thing about data centers is they generate a lot of heat, but what if you could harness that heat and use it to generate your company's energy needs? A German company is trying to sell a cloud solution that will heat and cool your building and act as a private cloud solution.
This is significant because the more people online, the more can access cloud services. And when you go into some parts of the world where the mobile device is people's chief means of accessing the internet, it becomes even more important. If you don't have a desktop or laptop computer you're not going to be using programs or storing documents on a local drive because you don't have one.
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