The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.
Dropbox Expands Its Reach
At its first developer conference this past week, tech titan Dropbox announced it will release a Datastore API for its users in hopes they will sync data, not just files, across multiple devices and platforms. The InformationWeek article by Thomas Claburn states that the data exists in files, but that those are not normally exposed to the end users and in doing so Dropbox is dropping the line between apps, devices and operating systems.
Best- and Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks in the First Half of 2013
This Forbes article by Louis Columbus has the publicly traded cloud industry splitting the line with 10 of the twenty companies in the Cloud Computing Stock Index providing their shareholders returns. NetSuite led the way with a 37.30% share gain.
What economists can teach us about cloud computing
What rules of economic theory can guide us to predict the cloud computing market? In this CIO article Bernard Golden takes at look at two in particular, theories from Stanley Jevons and Ronald Coase. Jevons’ theory states the more a good is commoditized, the more people buy and more uses people find for it. He based his theory on the commoditization of coal. He relates this to cloud computing due to the perceived lower cost due to the lack of capital expenditure requirements with cloud. Coase’s theory examines why businesses exist, and theorizes they exist due to the cost of transactions each individual would face if they didn’t exist. Coase does note the law of diminishing returns applies to the centralization theory and argues cloud helps to circumvent high transaction costs associated with legacy solutions as opposed to cloud.