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:
AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war | InfoWorld
AWS checked an important box last week when it announced support for Docker with the Docker CEO Ben Golub joining the party on stage the AWS re:Invent conference. That's because Docker has become an important piece of technology and support for it is imperative. Google supported it and so does AWS. Your move Google.
Cloud computing's not-so-secret mission | Network World
We have seen three levels of IT services move to the cloud including infrastructure, software, and platform, but now we are starting to see a new trend, one in which IT itself is being moved to the cloud as a service. This actually makes sense because companies born today won't have heavy weight IT departments of the past and these companies will need more of the management end done for them.
When you look at huge advances in human history, there are certain touchpoints. As this writer points out a major one was the invention of the steam engine, and the cloud offers a similar and perhaps even greater ability to transform the way we do business and invent ways of doing things that just weren't possible (think Uber and Airbnb as examples). That's why it's so important and why you can't afford to ignore it.
Azure went offline this week, taking down websites and even Microsoft's own cloud services. Of course, it uses its own platform to host Microsoft cloud products. The fact is that these types of outages are going to happen from time to time and we will call attention to them, and the problem will be fixed, and we will move on. This does not damn cloud computing anymore than your Exchange server going down, it damns private data centers. It's simply a fact of computing life.
This author seems to think that AWS has a digital blind spot because it doesn't have tools aimed specifically at the folks who have the ability to transform the organization, but that has never been AWS's intent. What it does is provide the inexpensive and easily accessible plumbing so that those folks who have those transformative ideas have the infrastructure to test and implement those ideas. That has always been AWS's promise and strength. Nothing they announced last week at re:Invent changed that.
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