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, Google Cloud’s quest to surpass ad revenue may take awhile. Google’s SVP of engineering once said the company’s cloud revenue could surpass ad revenue by 2020. They aren’t even close to that goal and the numbers suggest it may never happen.

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

It’s a race to the edge, and the end of cloud computing as we know it | ZDNet

There is a compelling argument that as computing moves back to the edge to devices like self-driving cars and drones, there won’t be time to process data in the cloud. In that scenario, the cloud becomes a longer-term machine learning engine.

Key cloud computing group launches interoperability certification for Kubernetes | GeekWire

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which houses the popular Kubernetes container orchestration tool announced an agreement this week among 36 members on a certification standard. It’s hard to get this many diverse tech companies to agree to anything, so this was pretty amazing.

AWS isn’t exiting China, but Amazon did sell physical assets to comply with Chinese law | TechCrunch

News spread this week that AWS was leaving China. In fact, AWS is staying in China, but was forced under Chinese data privacy laws to sell its hardware assets to a Chinese company. AWS will continue to run its cloud services, but on someone else’s equipment in China.

Rackspace partners with HPE to drive private clouds based on OpenStack | IT Business Edge

Rackspace and HPE teamed up this week on an OpenStack private cloud offering. The twist here, beyond the partnership news, is that the companies are offering a pay as you go, private cloud. That’s a public cloud approach in a private cloud package.

How the feds learned to stop worrying and love the cloud | HPE

The federal government has had a complicated relationship with the cloud. While many individuals and agencies recognize the power of the cloud to reduce overall cost of ownership and keep the government running on more modern infrastructure and software, some agencies have been quicker to embrace it than others. It should help that legislation has now passed that encourages using public cloud services for email and collaboration tools, but it needs to go further than that and there are still many obstacles.

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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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