Welcome 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, IBM finally moving in the right direction. IBM has had a rough run in recent years, but this week’s earnings report suggest the company could be ready to turn the corner.

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

Microsoft’s Julia White: We spend $1 billion a year on cybersecurity | Cheddar

In this video interview, Microsoft’s Julia White tries to illustrate the company’s commitment to cybersecurity by throwing out a big number. The implication being if they spend that kind of money they must be a more secure option, but it takes more than vendor money to be secure. Sometimes it just takes making common sense precautions on the part of the customer.

Why business transformation is so damn hard | Fortune

Oracle is finding out that moving to the cloud as a company presents some unique challenges. This is especially true for one that’s late to the game, and Oracle is learning that transforming is a difficult undertaking.

Cisco cloud VP calls out trends in multi-cloud strategy | TechTarget

If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that experts see a future where companies are undertaking a multi-cloud strategy, but in this interview, Cisco’s Kip Compton talks about customers with parts of a single application spanning multiple clouds. That’s something I haven’t heard about before.

Oracle expanding in Seattle with big new office lease | Geekwire

Oracle has opened a big office in Seattle. You know who else is in Seattle? That would be AWS and Microsoft. Perhaps the company feels a need to be closer to its biggest cloud rivals (and maybe steal some of their employees).

Don’t be the fool in the cloud | Computerworld

We’ve seen some pretty big leaks involving cloud data lately, and this isn’t because the cloud companies aren’t taking care of business. It’s because the cloud customers haven’t take even the most basic precautions to protect data in areas where configuration is their responsibility. 

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Posted by Ron Miller

Ron Miller is a freelance technology reporter and blogger. He is contributing editor at EContent Magazine and enterprise reporter at TechCrunch.

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