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, Salesforce-Microsoft relationship tipping from friendly to frenemy. Seems like the Microsoft-Salesforce relationship has gone full circle. They went from once suing each other, to being overly chummy, and lately it seems they are back to animosity. Perhaps it was inevitable.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
When VMware announced it was teaming up with AWS this week, it had to have frightened a few traditional vendors out there like Microsoft and IBM who have been emphasizing a hybrid cloud approach. For Microsoft in particular, this partnership represents a huge threat to its hybrid strategy.
Cisco CTO and cloud exec exits| WSJ
Cisco CTO, Zorawar Biri Singh, headed for the exits this week just 15 months after taking over for his long-time predecssor, Padmasree Warrior. The reason given was "updated alignment of its engineering team," whatever that means. For whatever reason, it was apparently not a good fit.
Verizon and CenturyLink close to colocation datacentre sell-offs | Computerweekly
Two long-time networking giants, who have given customers a home for traditional data centers, in buildings known as co-location facilities are rumored to be selling off these assets. It could be that the cloud infrastructure market is making it too difficult to make money in this business.
NetSuite CEO: “The cloud is the last computing platform” | IT Portal
Always interesting when a cloud CEO talks a big game about the cloud, but this week at at his company's customer conference in London, NetSuite CEO (whose company was recently acquired by Oracle), went on record saying that the cloud was the last platform. We'll see. You never know what's coming next.
VMware’s new cloud service will run on AWS | TechCrunch
VMware announced a broad partnership with AWS this week to run its cloud service on AWS infrastructure services. That's huge news because it gives AWS a big customer and gives VMware some much needed cloud credibility.
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