Top cloud stories for the week of 1/10

VMware gets a CTO, Netflix loses its cloud guru and IBM asks Watson to make it money

Happy New Year! The cloud kicked off its first full business week of the new year with some interesting personnel moves, and declarations by some big companies.

Here are the top cloud stories of this week, and look out for this feature on Cloud Chronicles throughout 2014.

Cloud vendors made some moves this week, including these items of note:

-IBM looks to monetize Watson, will invest $1B 

-Verizon begins offering Oracle hardware in its cloud 

-Red Hat takes more active role in CentoOS, funds developers 

-Cisco takes TV to the cloud 

-Dell looks to layoffs after going private 

Lots of personnel moves in the cloud this week, between VMware (finally) adding a CTO after a year-long vacancy, and Netflix losing its cloud guru Adrian Cockcroft to VC firm Battery Ventures

-VMware taps its R&D chief to fill vacant CTO role

-Adrian Cockcroft, who helped build Netflix's all-in cloud strategy, is becoming a VC 

And finally, we gave some advice about how to deal with the top concerns facing cloud users today

-What are the top two cloud concerns facing users today? This consultant says it's these two things, no question. Who's snooping on my data and how do I control runaway costs?

-How to prepare for cloud's worst-case scenario: Your provider suddenly goes out of business: The best time to prepare for your cloud exit is before you enter 

Senior Writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing for Network World and NetworkWorld.com. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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