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, Everyone is suddenly seeing gold in cloud infrastructure market. Seems everyone wants a piece of the cloud infrastructure market these days. Chinese software company, Kingsoft is the latest to throw its hat in the ring — and it has its work cut out for it.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
This author argues that instead of hearing about cloud best practices from peers, the advice should be coming directly from the CIO. Unlike teen sex advice, in the case of the cloud, the people on the ground might actually know better, but the general tone should definitely be set at the top.
As many organizations shift more workloads to the cloud ever faster, the question becomes what pace is the correct pace. It's not always easy to find the proper balance, especially when you are under pressure to get it done now.
Chinese approval clears way for Dell's $67B EMC buy | Computerworld
When Dell announced it was buying EMC last year for $67B, it was pretty shocking. Slowly but surely, however, the companies are leaping over the various international regulatory hurdles, as the deal marches toward final approval. The Chinese regulators cleared one big one this week — and it looks like all systems could be go.
Anyone who has followed the cloud over time, knows that at its core, it's about providing a way to connect various devices and systems. It could be as simple as getting your email on your mobile phone on the road, or as complex as a car communicating to authorities it has been stolen.
Salesforce is as forward-looking an organization as you are likely to see, so perhaps it's not surprising it has been using its checkbook to buy companies that when combined with existing tools will make its existing software smarter. The company intends to formalize this at Dreamforce in October under a project it's dubbing Project Einstein, according to reports.
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