Cloud 5: The AWS story, Apple-IBM partnership, container primer

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 24, 2015 9:47:27 AM

5_4-24-15Welcome 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, The cloud transition has arrived. Cloud computing has surely arrived, and a recent survey conducted by 451 Research suggests that usage is surprisingly stable across the world. What's really surprising though is that the survey found IT on-premises budgets have dropped below 50 percent.

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

How Amazon Swooped in to Own Cloud Services | Bloomberg

We all know AWS is the leading cloud infrastructure vendor, but we probably don't know how it got that way. This article gives some history and context to how Amazon Web Services developed and grew into the cloud powerhouse it is today.

Citrix Makes Peace With OpenStack | Talkin' Cloud

It's easy to forget now, but as with so many technologies, there were competing offerings in the open source private cloud arena. For the first couple of years OpenStack battled CloudStack. The latter was backed heavily by Citrix. We now know OpenStack won and Citrix has wisely acknowleged that by joining the OpenStack Foundation.

3 Things to Know About Apple and IBM's Most Recent Cloud Computing Innovation | Motley Fool

Motley Fool, the investment site, sees the Apple and IBM partnership as a beautiful friendship based on mobile and cloud. It's hard to argue as both companies bring their own strengths to the table. For Apple, it's design sense and a keen understanding of mobile technologies. For IBM, it's hard-earned knowledge of the enterprise. It should be interesting to see where this goes, but it has already produced some intriguing applications.

Containers: In the beginning | CSC Blogs

Containers are all the rage and Docker, one of the premiere container company is raking in venture capital by the score. But container technology and its relationship to cloud computing remains murky for many. This article explains the history and how containers grew into the phenomenon they are today. 

Data integration rises to the top of the cloud service stack | ZDNet

The face of data integration is changing dramatically and traditional ways of integrating data might not work in the new world of big data and cloud. This article suggests it's time to rethink and modernize your data integration strategy in this context or risk getting left behind as the market changes.

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