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, Pop culture is giving the cloud a bad rap. Hollywood seems intent on casting the cloud as the villain in TV shows and movies—probably because the writers don't have a clue what it is or how it works.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Oracle will soon be offering infrastructure services much like Amazon, but this author thinks that its target market is more likely to rival Salesforce.com than Amazon Web Services. If the idea is to provide cloud infrastructure for Oracle databases, it might not be going after either company directly.
Survey Sees IT Budgets Shifting to Cloud | CFO.com
While operational budgets are up, IT budgets are down. That could mean that companies are failing to funnel money to IT (which given all the security issues alone seems short-sighted), but it could also mean that IT is starting to see the benefits of shifting to cloud computing.
While just about every profession including medicine has been transitioning at least some operations to the cloud, the legal profession has stubbornly resisted for the most part. Now four startups aimed specifically at law firms are trying to change that.
Why open source cloud is ready for prime time | Firstpost
There are a range of open source cloud projects out there. Perhaps the most famous are Docker, OpenStack, and CloudFoundry and there are many small projects that have developed into businesses on top of these broader platforms. There are many companies working with these tools, enough that it's clear they have reached mainstream acceptance.
We all have a visceral fear driven by science fiction novels and films that some day robots will take our jobs and control our lives. This article and particularly the headline feed that fear as two large Chinese companies turn their attention to producing robotics on a larger scale,
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