Cloud 5: Google's cloud blueprint, AWS solar project, cloud vs. open source

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 12, 2015 11:02:24 AM

5-2Welcome 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, 3 Reasons cloud solutions for small business just makes sense. Small business owners are busy people, and moving to the cloud frees them from having to install, manage, and upgrade software.   

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

Amazon backs $150 million solar project in Virginia | CNET

Just last week, Greenpeace criticized Amazon for not being more transparent about its green energy plans. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that this week, Amazon unveiled a plan for a $150 million solar project.

Google made its secret blueprint public to boost its cloud | WIRED

When Google decided to really go all-in in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service business, it decided the best way to draw in customers was to let them peer behind the curtain. Kubernetes is a popular open source project that has achieved that goal in a short time.

The cloud vs. open source | Datamation

The two are not mutually exclusive, of course, although in some ways the cloud has replaced some open source tools. That said, open source has a huge role in the cloud. Just look at OpenStack and Google's Kubernetes project as two examples.

55% of enterprises predict cloud computing will enable new business models in three years | Forbes

Another week and another cloud survey to ponder its obvious conclusions. In this one, the respondents see the cloud enabling new business models in the enterprise. Given the impact it's had on business models outside the enterprise, this is hardly surprising.

Cloud computing has its ‘Jevons Moment’ |

It's not often someone grabs the opportunity to compare a modern technology like cloud computing to an obscure 19th century economic text, so props to the author of this piece for making that happen.

Photo Credit: Ron Miller. Used under CC 2.0 license.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

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