Number 5 on a shelf.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, IBM is still struggling to find success in the cloud. After 21 straight quarters of negative revenue, the cloud has not helped push the company into the black.

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

Microsoft profit jumps, fueled by cloud computing | Wall Street Journal

Unlike IBM, Microsoft reported earnings yesterday and it was all good news for Redmond, as their cloud computing business is driving big numbers for the company. Cloud revenue from the line item that includes Azure reach over $7 billion, up 11 percent.

Rackspace partners with Pivotal to launch managed services for Cloud Foundry | TechCrunch

While Cloud Foundry has developed into an important platform for corporate developers, it’s still a challenge to implement and manage. Enter Rackspace with a managed version that takes care of the administrative bits, which should allow companies to concentrate on building applications.

Here’s what you can expect from an alliance between Amazon and VMware | Fortune

The VMware/Amazon alliance had the potential to be huge. After all, many of the workloads running inside corporate data centers are running on VMware. If you could move these workloads to the cloud without a lot of fuss, it has the potential to be big bucks for AWS, but we are still waiting on the promised service to make this happen.

Enterprise spending on public cloud to hit $266B in 2021 | TechRepublic

The annual cloud spending forecasts are coming in, and IDC’s is a doozy. The firm is predicting a total of $266 billion in cloud spending by 2021, much of it fueled by SaaS. In fact, the company predicts that 60 percent of the total will come from SaaS, down from around 66 percent in 2017. As with all predictions from analyst firms, who knows? Does anyone ever go back and check if they were right?

Oracle to add 1,000 employees in European cloud push | Bloomberg

Oracle wants a piece of the cloud so badly and its numbers appear to be trending in the right direction. While it probably won’t ever catch the big 3, it’s going to do its darnedest to capture a substantial piece of the market. To that end, it’s throwing money and people at the problem, both of which it has plenty of, promising to hire 1000 people to try and secure a piece of the European cloud market.

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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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