Cloud 5: AWS turns 8, Adobe has strong cloud quarter and busting cloud privacy myths

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 21, 2014 9:06:00 AM

5_3-21-14Welcome 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, Shadow IT is really a call for help. Some IT pros see shadow IT as an act of defiance by employees. I see it differently. I see it as a call for help and a failure by IT to provide tools that help employees do their jobs.

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

Amazon Web Services celebrates 8 years in the cloud | InfoWorld

One thing's for sure - if there was never an AWS, there would never have been a Cloud 5. You can judge that as you will, but before AWS came along nobody would have ever considered provisioning hardware infrastructure outside the company data center. Today it's the norm, and we have AWS to thank for that.

Adobe's Q1 strong: 1.84 million Creative Cloud subscriptions | ZDNet

Adobe is proving it is possible to make the transition from traditional boxed software to cloud-based subscription software. This quarter, for the first time, the company's cloud subscription revenue passed traditional license revenue. We are watching Adobe transform its revenue model, which is not a simple task.

Five Myths About Cloud Privacy | Lifehacker Australia

Although these myths in some instances apply to Australian law, in most cases they are myths that are applicable anywhere. When people are anti-cloud, it's always a good idea to dig deep and find out why. Chances are good that you'll find their fears, especially about security, are likely not warranted.

Most Cloud Computing Is Under The Radar In Enterprises, Survey Shows | Forbes

A survey found that while most companies are dabbling in the cloud, the vast majority of software remains in-house behind the firewall. That may be true for highly established larger companies that have big investments in the data center, but SMBs very likely are much more invested in the cloud, and even larger companies probably have a lot of cloud activity going on without IT really knowing about it.

Brazil to drop local data storage rule in Internet bill | Reuters

That big sigh of relief you hear is cloud companies, especially the smaller ones, who don't have to comply with a proposal to store all data on Brazillian citizens inside Brazil. The provision has been dropped from the proposed bill. Earlier this year Brazil's president, angry about revelations the NSA has been listening to her phone calls and reading her emails, proposed what amounted to a Brazil-only cloud. The country has wisely come to its senses.

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