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, Microsoft’s focus shifts squarely to cloud with reorganization. After the dust settled on the company reorganization last week, it became pretty clear that the cloud won and Windows was taking a back seat at the company.

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

Google says it’s the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy on planet | CNBC

A hyper scale cloud company like Google surely uses a lot of energy running its data centers around the world. While it tries to use renewables whenever possible, there simply isn’t enough capacity to meet the company’s energy needs. Instead, for every bit energy that’s not clean, it buys renewables as a carbon off-set.

Amazon adds services, customers, but real story is machine learning | SiliconANGLE

Amazon held the Amazon Summit this week in San Francisco, one-day customer event to introduce some new products and get the customers some workshop time. This isn’t as big as the re:Invent conference, but there was lots of talk about machine learning, the new darling of the cloud vendors.

Pentagon’s cloud plans spur sharp debate from Amazon rivals | SeattleTimes

Everyone is lusting for the huge Pentagon cloud contract, especially since the it has framed the bidding process as a winner-take-all affair. As such, suddenly rivals are looking closely at Amazon, which they feel might have an unfair advantage as the biggest player in the space.

Cloud empire: meet the rebel alliance | ZDNet

It turns out there is more than one cloud company out there selling compute and storage and one alliance of small players is offering a reasonably-priced alternative to those bigger and generally more expensive offerings. The rebels are out there in the weeds if you know where to look.

Cloud should have killed Red Hat, but is saving it instead | TechRepublic

Red Hat’s bread and butter for a lot of years was its own flavor of enterprise Linux, but when the cloud came along, what would the enterprise need with an on-prem operating system? The company has done an amazing pivot to the cloud and containers and has thrived on the way, more successful than ever.

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Posted by Ron Miller

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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