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, Go cloud or go home. We've reached the point where companies who rigidly reject the cloud are operating at a serious competitive disadvantage and face possible extinction.
And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
Cloud computing was built to provide extra capacity for short-term traffic bursts like Black Friday sales, yet many sites fail to provide enough, causing delays, crashes and frustrated visitors. It's hardly surprising that Amazon, which all but inveted this type of computing, should be able to provide more than enough on its heaviest traffic day.
It's just possible that the courts and regulators could be catching up with concepts that are at the core of cloud computing. Earlier this month, a US court ruled the government can't use a domestic warrant to force Microsoft to hand over emails stored on a server overseas. In the same week, the EU approved a set of regulations called "Privacy Shield" that allow companies to move data across servers stored in different countries. From small things, big things one day come.
Google races to catch up in cloud computing | New York Times
It seems the New York Times has discovered that Google is playing catch-up in the cloud computing game, chasing AWS and to a lesser extent Microsoft. The good news for Google is it's still early in the game and they have plenty of market space yet to capture.
OpenStack has been a popular private cloud alternative to AWS, and now it's going to run in containers on Kubernetes, Google's popular container technology. The project has come together with help from Mirantis, Google and Intel with the hope of providing containerized OpenStack at scale.
Cloud computing has been gaining momentum over the last couple of years to the point where some companies are closing their data centers, and others like GE and Johnson & Johnson have committed to the cloud in a big way. This is no longer an experiment and no longer optional.
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