Cloud 5: Build your own cloud, VMware beats Amazon to DaaS, and Cloud and Big Data

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 14, 2014 9:12:00 AM

5_3-14-14Welcome 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, Microsoft gunning for AWS, but could be too little too late. Microsoft faces a tough battle as it transitions to the cloud. That's because it's competing against companies born in the cloud that don't face the legacy products and internal politics Microsoft deals with, and that makes it all that much harder for them to compete.  

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

Do-it-yourself corporate cloud with ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition | ZDNet

You've always dreamed of making your very own cloud, right? Now you can, and with enterprise goodies, with ownCloud Enterprise Edition. What's more, it's open source so you can adapt it to the unique needs of your organization.

Microsoft, Amazon Cloud Rivalry Might Heat Up Under CEO Nadella |

Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft CEO, seems to understand that for his company to succeed, he needs to move it away from the desktop and client/server networking roots to the cloud. But suggesting that Microsoft is competing with Amazon at this point is a huge stretch.

VMware beats Amazon to the punch with release of its cloud | GigaOm

Both VMWare and Amazon announced cloud-based desktops around the same time last Fall, but it's VMware that beat AWS to the virtual desktop punch with the release of their Horizon DaaS product this week, and they undercut AWS's announced pricing too. There you go, competition works again. Boom!

The cloud’s role in Big Data: Rethinking modern IT | SiliconANGLE

The cloud and big data could have a symbiotic relationship moving forward because big data has lots of data and the cloud has the space and database capacity to scale to whatever needs a big data processor might require. This article looks at some startups that are trying to attack this problem.

Future of Cloud Computing and Why It's Here to Stay | CircleID Blog

Of course it's here to stay. The idea of having computing resources that allow us to access our content on any device, anywhere, any time is too compelling and too intertwined in our lives to go anywhere. Then there are the the services themselves whether infrastructure, software or platform. Nevermind how disruptive these resources are, they are simply part of how we do business now. It's hard to argue that this a fad that's going to somehow disappear at some point.

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