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Five recent cloud podcasts to help admins stay in the know

The fast-paced nature of the IT world makes it tough to keep up. Explore the latest cloud computing trends -- ranging from new pricing models to IoT -- with these five podcasts.

Public cloud adoption is still rising, and the big cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google, are constantly updating their services to meet enterprise needs. In the recent cloud computing podcasts below, David Linthicum, SVP of Cloud Technology Partners, a cloud consultancy company in Boston, invites cloud experts and users to share their thoughts on technologies ranging from containers and the internet of things to machine learning and hybrid cloud.

Browse these five cloud podcasts to stay up to date on the cloud topics that matter to you most.

Fasten your seat belts: The public cloud market is taking off

Public cloud is a popular option for organizations because of its price point and agility. Most enterprises choose one of the top three cloud providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure or Google. AWS remains the market leader because it has experience serving and delivering to the masses, according to Ofir Nachmani, cloud blogger and speaker at IamOnDemand. With its financial backing, AWS is able to innovate more and improve its services.

But with public cloud adoption up, the government is now looking at how to tax it. Since the services and software are not physical, taxation and regulation can be difficult. Additionally, new accounting rules may reduce some of the benefits of cloud, though Linthicum doubts that it will affect cloud adoption. Listen to the podcast here.

New public cloud pricing models sweep the enterprise

AWS, Azure and Google continued their price war this year with price cuts and new cloud pricing models. In addition to remaining competitive, cloud providers cut prices and present new pricing models to make way for new programs and technologies. But a large percentage of these price changes only benefit large businesses. Still, cloud providers' focus on large organizations has not affected cloud adoption among small- and medium-sized businesses. This could be because cost isn't the main driver for cloud adoption anymore, according to Joel Davne, founder and CEO at Cloudnexa, in this podcast.

AWS introduced new pricing options for AWS Scheduled Reserved Instances that allow users to reserve capacity on a recurring basis with a particular schedule. These types of instances benefit some companies, but with so many customizable options, Linthicum wonders if eventually there are going to be too many pricing models to choose from -- leaving users confused. Listen to the podcast here.

Public cloud vendors need hybrid model to win enterprise love

Cloud providers need to keep pace with enterprise needs, and with some technologies, such as containers, they are dropping the ball. Containers gained popularity quickly, but there are still gaps in container ecosystems that public cloud providers need to address. Cloud providers also need to embrace hybrid cloud because enterprise needs are rarely met by one cloud model or provider, according to Sandeepan Banerjee, SVP of engineering and operations for container management company ClusterHQ, in this cloud podcast.

Cloud providers need to keep pace with enterprise needs, and with some technologies, such as containers, they are dropping the ball.

One aspect of cloud that providers are paying attention to is big data. Providers are expanding their big data services to provide storage for data used in machine learning algorithms. Machine learning algorithms are beneficial, especially when it comes to managing customers and operations. Information provided by such algorithms can save money, improve operational processes and provide a competitive advantage. Listen to the podcast here.

New cloud technologies that will fly high in 2016

New technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and machine learning are dominating the cloud market in 2016. Machine learning algorithms, while beneficial to businesses, help developers build better applications and speed up the software development process. In this cloud podcast, Vishwas Lele, CTO of Applied Information Sciences, Inc., is interested in seeing what role machine learning will play in software engineering.

More things are connected than ever before because of IoT. Linthicum is concerned that IoT is getting out of hand and could pose security risks and other cloud computing issues. Still, it has been especially useful for medical applications, such as tracking people's health. IoT has also been effective in optimizing shop floors at car manufacturers' factories. Listen to the podcast here.

Cloud containers and security are still on IT pros' minds

Containers remain one of the top talked-about cloud technologies in 2016. Organizations like the efficiency and portability that containers provide. But while container adoption grows, the technology presents new management challenges, especially around storage. Software-defined storage and other emerging storage technologies could be the answer.

Users are not the only ones interested in containers -- big and small vendors are also trying to throw their hats in the ring. For instance, Oracle recently acquired StackEngine, a container startup, to get ahead in the container market. In this cloud podcast, Eric Han, director of product management at Portworx, says Oracle made a smart move, but Linthicum feels that too many startups are being snatched up by big companies, which could stifle innovation. Listen to the podcast here.

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