Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending in May 22

May 22, 2014 by Megan Gish

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.

Providers in the cloud storage market are taking calculated risks and investing in big ideas to develop significant value for businesses. The articles in this week’s cloud news report details how cloud storage companies are working to create a successful cloud computing experience for businesses and highlights recently launched changes in the landscape.

Beware Cloud Price Wars’ Dark Side

In this article from InformationWeek, David Fowler takes a look at the ongoing “race” in the market for cloud services comparing strategies of cloud providers as if they were taking part in a race toward the finish line. He says, “The journey to the cloud is a marathon, not a sprint.” He goes on to say, “In marathons, often the winners are those with not just good speed but also great support teams and coaching.”

Identify if your cloud strategy is more like a marathon or a sprint >>

Cisco Expands Cloud Partnerships, Services

With the growing necessity of cloud services for big and small businesses, cloud providers are finding ways to appear more valuable in the industry. Jeffrey Burt’s article in eWeek outlines the growing partnership strategy of Cisco Systems, which relies on a strong network of vendors to create a “global intercloud.” Cisco recently announced their two-year, $1 billion plan to make their service more appealing to businesses.

See how a partner-centric approach differentiates Cisco >>

Microsoft wants to give businesses a personal cloud highway with Azure ExpressRoute

This TechRepublic article by Tony Bradley evaluates Microsoft’s announcement at Microsoft TechEd 2014 to provide a direct, secure cloud service to businesses. Tony identifies pain points for customers with managing and storing data in the cloud and how Azure ExpressRoute addresses those concerns. With ExpressRoute, businesses can “choose local AND cloud” for their storage needs.

Take a look at the providers Microsoft partnered with to create this service >>

After reading these strategies from big and small players in the cloud storage industry, which approach do you think is the most appealing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.