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, AWS CEO Andy Jassy still believes it’s going to be an all public cloud future. Four years ago Andy Jassy boldly stated the private cloud was a passing fancy. He stood by his claim in an interview this week.

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

Amazon unveils new cloud-computing services at pace of a startup | Seattle Times

It was a crazy pace this week at the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas as Amazon released one new service after another, so much so it was hard to keep up with it all. All this says that AWS has no intention of simply resting on its marketshare lead while competitors continue to evolve.

Microsoft and SAP both commit to running SAP HANA on Azure internally | ZDNet

Microsoft didn’t want to be left out of the news cycle this week, so it announced it was extending its long-standing partnership with SAP to run HANA on Azure. While they have been running HANA before, this is a deepening of the agreement.

Why hybrid cloud will turn out to be a transition strategy | Networkworld

This writer agrees with Jassy that the hybrid cloud is a bridge to a future of mostly public cloud services. All of the arguments for leaving data on-prem like security seem to be fading as the public cloud services have actually proven to be more reliable. Instead of a hybrid future, he sees a multi-cloud one, where we spread our workloads across different vendors.

Multi-cloud computing demands careful IT cost allocation | TechTarget

Speaking of multi-cloud, for every solution there is an equal and opposite problem associated with it (or something like that). In this case, as you spread your cloud workloads across multiple vendors, you could run into a cost tracking problem.

Amazon Plays Catch Up in a Corner of the Cloud Where It Lagged | Bloomberg

While it’s clear that AWS is the cloud infrastructure leader by a large margin, that doesn’t mean competitors like Microsoft, Google, and IBM don’t have a leg up on them on certain technologies. One area where AWS lagged is around general machine learning and artificial intelligence tools, but it did take steps this week to begin fixing that.

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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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