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 most recent blog posts, CIO Lesson: Your system is never secure as you think it is. Good managers learn from their mistakes and at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium last week, several CIOs shared their stories. Fidelity's Stephen Neff's story of his time as a young IT manager drove home the idea that you're probably not as prepared for as you think you are.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
It's not an announcement I would necessarily have predicted, but apparently the cloud business stimulates some unusual deals. This one puts two companies battling in the CRM space together around Office 365 and integration across SharePoint and OneDrive among other things.
More news from Microsoft, which has been making all kinds of cloud moves lately as it tries to transform itself. This one involves Capptain, a French company that provides developers with insight on how customers are using their apps. This can help them manage the customer experience on a mobile device by delivering targeted messages in context.
When is competition bad for the cloud? When the largest providers, Google, Amazon and Microsoft continue to drop prices, it stifles innovation from newer companies who can't compete with such low-cost services. Meanwhile the Big 3 can afford to take these as loss leaders for now to collect customers. What could it mean down the road when smaller players aren't nipping at their heels?
As Amazon, Google, Facebook and other large companies transform the way they run their own IT operations, their methodologies are making their way into the mainstream and changing the way we run our datacenters.
Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, says Ubuntu is driving OpenStack, the cloud operating environment that hopes to take on the big guys like Google, Amazon and Microsoft to offer an open source alternative to the Big Three. And it proves when you combine open source projects, interesting things happen.
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