Five must read cloud articles for March 4

Alibaba sets up shop in Silicon Valley, get more computing power from the cloud cheap from tech startup Paperspace

Alibaba opens US data centre

A cloud battle is heating up. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened its first data centre outside the country, and it’s located in Silicon Valley.

Alibaba is serving notice that it has set its sights on North American businesses and customers. The likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft have better watch out.

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A better computer that lives in the cloud

Paperspace, a company that launched today, is offering people a “full computer you can access from any web browser.”

Paperspace is building a cloud-based computer and offering IT professionals, designers, students and consumers a low-cost service that could be described as a fully-managed agentless virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. It is somewhat similar to solutions like Amazon Workspaces, Citrix and VMware.  Find out more here

IBM’s SoftLayer to use OpenPower

Big Blue’s SoftLayer division will be rolling out an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution powered by the company’s OpenPower servers.

IBM wants business clients to know that Power chips are a better option compared to x86 ideal for when it comes to balancing cost and performance and that OpenPower can be a good option for the cloud.

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What’s next for Nutanix?

With US$312 million in venture funding in its war chest and a $2 billion valuation, the next possible move of one of the most popular hyper-converge infrastructure firms in the market has been the subject of numerous speculations.

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Containerized computing

Perhaps you’ve been wondering – what really is “the next big thing” in cloud computing?  Application containerization, as popularized by Docker, may just be the answer.

However, there are a number of other options and issues to consider before jumping on the back of that great big blue whale. Find out what you need to know here

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