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, How the iPhone helped drive cloud computing. When Apple introduced the iPhone 10 years ago this week, just months after Amazon introduced AWS, we had no idea the mobile-cloud connection was about to have a huge impact on our lives.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Over the last decade, AWS has been focused on creating a range of cloud services, but now it's also moving into skills training. This week, it launched a program in the UK to train young adults and vets IT skills with a focus on the cloud.
One of the long-missing features in Google Cloud was filled this week when the company announced a new encryption key management feature. Some companies, particularly those in regulated industries, require control over the keys and this provides it.
Greenpeace sees haze in Amazon’s path to green cloud computing | Seattle Times
You might assume that cloud technologies are more environmentally friendly, but in fact it depends on how the cloud companies are generating the power to run those massive data centers. A study by Greenpeace found Amazon was behind its rivals when it came to running green centers.
Salesforce will likely end its $5 billion buying spree this year | Business Insider
After more than a year of buying lots of companies to fill in operational gaps, Salesforce could scale back this year — partly because it spent a ton cash last year and needs to regroup, and partly because it needs time to incorporate all of those companies it acquired into the fold
It shouldn't come as a shock, that the cloud will continue to consolidate in 2017 as straight out acquisitions and partnerships continue to develop. Bigger companies, whether pure cloud vendors or not, when faced with the build versus buy decision may partner up or simply purchase a company to fill in a missing piece.
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