Cloud 5: Amazon's earnings report triggers strong debate, Australia wants to go cloud and how cloud changes IT mindset

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 1, 2014 9:21:51 AM

5_8-1-14Welcome 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 most recent blog posts, AWS feels sting of market maturity. For a time, Amazon Web Services was the only cloud infrastructure game in town, but it didn't take long for the big boys like Google, Microsoft and IBM to recognize a good thing when they see it. And while AWS continues to grow, it's feeling the competition and price cuts are eroding profits.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

New IT’ vs ‘Old IT’: Cloud computing’s technology disruption | IT Business

The role of IT is clearly changing as we transition to the age of cloud computing. In this interview with's Peter Coffee, he talks about some of the differences between new and old IT, and it's not so much about thinking as approach.

Amazon Cloud Luster Fading? Look Closer - InformationWeek

There was a lot of discussion in the technology press this week about AWS in light of the Amazon earnings report, disagreement about what it meant, and whether it was a warning or sign or something more benign. This writer thinks it might be too soon to write off AWS just yet.

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft: The cloud price wars will hurt everyone | CITEworld

Looking at Amazon's price wars with its competitors from another angle, this writer believes the race to the bottom is hurting smaller infrastructure service players and putting them in an untenable position. While the bigger players like Amazon, Microsoft and Google see IaaS as a part of a much broader revenue picture, some companies are in the infrastructure business and they simply can't afford to keep cutting prices to keep up with AWS and other big players.

Australian government revises cloud computing policy | ZDNet

There's a new conservative government in power in Australia these days and they are looking for ways to cut government costs. They see cloud computing services as a way to do that. Surely the cloud has the potential to reduce costs, but they may find the benefits are more about efficiency and agility and less about cost per se.

Cloudwatt Builds Snoop-Proof Cloud | Light Reading

In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance of cloud services, it should come as no surprise that someone is working on a more secure cloud. Cloudwatt, a French company, is building a product from open source components that it claims will be free from NSA prying. But it's funded in part by the French government, so it begs the question if it will free from EU prying.

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