Cloud 5: Google's latest purchase, cloud driving job IT job growth

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 12, 2016 9:52:31 AM

5_8-12-16.jpgWelcome 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, Delta's data center trouble illustrates the problem with a single point of failure. Delta's had a pretty bad week, exacerbated by the fact its data center was a single point failure. Using the cloud would very likely have spread out the risk and limited the damage.

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

Why Amazon is the cumulonimbus cloud of business technology | Fortune

While the metaphor in this article could be a bit of a stretch, there is no denying the power of AWS at this juncture. While this post centers on AWS's strong position in Gartner's cloud Magic Quadrant, in this case, you don't need a weatherman or Gartner to know which way the wind blows.

Google keeps buying cloud companies to take on Amazon’s AWS | Recode

Google is competing hard to catch up in the enterprise cloud market. Last year, it hired Diane Greene, former CEO and co-founder of VMware,  to run things, and it's been making some strategic acquisitions to help accelerate that process. This week it bought Orbitera, an automated cloud billing and sales process tool. Sounds like it might have Saleforce in its sights too.

Big data, cloud demand drive IT job growth | InformationWeek

One of the big fears in IT around the cloud and big data (and by extension AI and machine learning) is that it would take away jobs, but a new study found the opposite to be true. The cloud and big data are actually driving job growth, but with a new set of skills in demand.

Alibaba offers to help global tech companies navigate China | Bloomberg

Alibaba is a Chinese eCommerce juggernaut, and it took a page from Amazon's playbook when it decided to launch a cloud business last year. While it has been growing fast, it's still well back in the pack. This week, Alibaba offered to help its customers do business in China— which is what I call playing to its strengths.

IBM’s cloud position: two different assessments | WSJ

As IBM makes its transition from a software and services company to one selling cloud services related to security, big data, machine learning (Watson) and analytics, it's a process. How well the company is doing in that transition is subject to interpretation -- and this article explores two very different views.

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