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.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Oracle outlines plans to take on Amazon in cloud | Networkworld
After dismissing the cloud for many years, Oracle has changed its tune, and it wants to be the enterprise cloud vendor of choice. But, it has a steep hill to climb after coming late to the game and ceding much marketshare to market leaders, especially AWS.
Needless to say managed service providers need to pay attention to the cloud, but it will require highly skilled personnel to do that, and filling some of these positions could be easier said than done.
Like Oracle, Alibaba is a computing giant that came late to the cloud game, but it is trying hard to rectify that by going after a part of the market — middleware and big data — it believes is underserved today. It's not clear that other players don't see the same thing though.
Lots of talk about automation at Amazon, but it still apparently needs people, lots and lots of people. Last week it announced that it will be hiring an astonishing 100,000 workers over the next two years, some of which, at least, will involve increased staffing at AWS.
IBM is trying hard to tell its own cloud story, and this week it got a big US government contract, when it closed a deal with U.S. Army to be the cloud provider for one of its facilities. The caveat though is that it's a year-to-year contract. IBM will have to work to keep it for the entire length and earn the full value of $62 million deal.
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