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, Red Hat Declares Client-Server Era Over. When Red Hat declared they were going all in on the cloud and OpenStack this week, they effectively announced the end of the client-server era as the dominant computing paradigm inside organizations. Enterprise Linux and client-server aren't going away tomorrow of course, but it's fair to say the torch has been passed.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
The sum of all cloud security fears | InfoWorld
The security argument is more complicated than you would think and if you can't wrap your arms around the idea that the cloud is very likely more secure than your own data center, perhaps the cloud isn't for you or your organization. But be sure you make a careful assessment because only the largest organizations are likely investing in security as much as cloud vendors. As this author says, if you don't believe that, and it tends to be an emotional reaction, then nobody is forcing you to use cloud services.
Taxing The Cloud | Forbes
Apparently enough companies are using cloud services that it has caught the attention of governments who are trying to figure out how to tax the use of these services. The trouble is it's not that easy because of the ad-hoc nature of cloud purchases. Ultimately, the government might be better off letting the cloud services mature and see it as an economic engine rather than a direct revenue source.
Is CloudStack dying? | CSC Engage Public Community
It's not an easy question because, especially after its chief corporate sponsor, Citrix seems to have abandoned the project. The community however remains strong and developers continue to contribute to the open source project. The problem is that its chief rival, OpenStack has garnered the bulk of enterprise attention, and that doesn't bode well for CloudStack.
Hurd: Oracle Takes On Microsoft in the Cloud | NYTimes.com
Let the games begin. Hurd hasn't been titular CEO at Oracle very long, but already he is publicly sniping at a rival, in this case Microsoft. But you have to wonder if Hurd actually has the right enemy in his sites or if he going after the old one.
Open Data Center Alliance Pushes TOSCA - InformationWeek
Every technology needs standards to guide it and the cloud is no exception. One group is pushing hard for standards at the public cloud level. The trouble is it's being driven by very traditional enterprise companies like SAP, Verizon, Deutsche Bank and Disney. There don't seem to be a lot of the companies born in the cloud here, but it's at least an attempt at establishing standard ways of doing things in the cloud.
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