Oracle gives into the cloud

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison hasn’t exactly been the biggest proponent of ‘the cloud‘. In fact, in 2008 he went so far as to state that the cloud is “the Webvan of computing”.

To be sure, the cloud isn’t without its problems, and as a buzzword, it’s a bit worn.

But the rise of services like Amazon AWS has proven one thing: the cloud, for better or worse, is here to stay.

Five things to look for in a cloud provider

With cloud solutions becoming more and more popular with businesses,
selecting the right providers is becoming more and more important.

Thanks to its skyrocketing popularity, established technology
companies and upstarts alike have rushed to create cloud offerings. The
competition this produces is a boon for companies shopping for cloud
offerings, but it also creates challenges when looking for a provider
that can be trusted.

PaaS: why businesses should pass

Forget about Saas (software-as-a-service). The newest next big thing is PaaS (platform-as-a-service).

As the name implies, the concept behind PaaS is that an entire platform-specific technology stack as a service. As with SaaS offerings, buzzwords like ‘cloud‘ and ‘scalability‘ are typically thrown around when pitching the benefits of PaaSes.