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, Is Amazon getting too big for its britches? Amazon continues to push the envelope when it comes to controlling vast pieces of our online and offline lives — and it could be a matter of time before it catches the attention of regulators in the US and EU.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Oracle surges on booming cloud business | The Mercury News
On its face, Oracle's move to the cloud appears to be paying off with a huge surge in cloud revenue. In its latest quarterly report, which came out this week, revenue across all cloud sources increased to $1.36 billion, an increase of 58 percent over last year.
Cisco has been on a shopping spree in recent years, and anyone who has been paying attention knows they've been buying up cloud companies like it's nobody's business. In that context, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they are shifting the way they sell their core networking hardware to a subscription model. It's all part of the company's attempt to transform into a software company.
Those of us who follow the cloud closely, know that serverless computing is a new model for delivering cloud services, but the rest of the world probably isn't aware. That means as it emerges, you should see more stories like this one in which Microsoft's Scott Guthrie (and others) talk it up.
Alibaba has big aspirations to enter the crowded cloud infrastructure market. It has done remarkably well simply by being a market leader in China, but the company wants to be more than big in China and Asia, it's also setting its sites on Europe with its MaxCompute AI product.
Whole Foods deal shows Amazon’s prodigious tolerance for risk | New York Times
While buying a brick and mortar store is the opposite of cloud computing, Amazon is the quintessential cloud company. If data is truly king (and it appears to be), then this deal shows it's willing to take risks to learn more about its customers in an offline context, which should further feed the data beast and increase its vast and growing cloud businesses.
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