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, Oracle plans to build a dozen data centers in massive cloud expansion. Oracle announced a massive data center investment plan this week as it tries to play catch-up in the cloud.

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

​Cloud computing: AWS, Google or Microsoft? How to choose your platform | ZDNet

There are so many factors that go into choosing a cloud infrastructure vendor, and it’s never easy to balance technology, pricing and business requirements. This article provides a starting point (keeping in mind that most companies choose more than one vendor).

Poor cloud security let hackers mine cryptocurrency on Tesla’s dime | TechCrunch

This was a pretty amazing story of hacking creativity. Hackers found that Tesla had left its Kubernetes dashboard open without a password. They exploited that to get into Tesla’s AWS account and mine cryptocurrency using Tesla’s resources. The lesson is that if you give hackers an opening, they will find it.

Does every cloud have a silver lining? Not if it is run by an internet giant | Guardian

As cloud computing increasingly becomes an essential tool for business, which is under the control of some powerful companies, we are seeing more arguments like this one to regulate the cloud like electricity.

The FBI wants commercial cloud | Nextgov

The FBI is exploring using a commercial cloud provider. This shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone who knows the CIA hired Amazon to help build its massive private cloud some years ago. These organizations won’t be using the same public cloud infrastructure your company might use, but they need the power and flexibility that only the cloud can provide, all the same.

Microsoft Chairman John Thompson talks cloud competition, diversity, new board seat | Fortune

John Thompson has been in the tech business for over 40 years, and the former Symantec CEO is now the chairman at Microsoft. He has a great deal to say about the future of Microsoft, diversity, and the cloud business. Also, there is a video of the newly planned campus Microsoft is building.

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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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