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, Alibaba flexes its muscles in the cloud. Alibaba wants to catch AWS, and while it probably won’t do that, it could be a force to reckon with down the road.

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

How Satya Nadella got Wall Street to look past its cloud battle with AWS| GeekWire

While AWS remains the clear market leader in the cloud, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has changed the perception of Microsoft as a key player in the space. When he came on board in 2014, Microsoft was still very much a Windows/Office company. That’s not the case anymore.

How Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM sell AI-as-a-Service | Fast Company

AI isn’t just powering the tech giants’ products anymore. The biggest companies are also packaging these tools and exposing them as services to customers. This gives any company, no matter the size, access to some of the most advanced intelligence tools on the planet.

Cloud computing spending is growing even faster than expected | ZDNet

For a market that’s been around  for more than a decade, the cloud is still very much in the early stages in terms of overall adoption, and that means there’s still plenty of opportunity for extraordinary growth.  In fact, according to Gartner, it’s expected to grow to $260 billion in 2017, up from $219 billion last year. Whether you believe their numbers or not, it’s clearly an expanding market.

Cloud Foundry adds native Kubernetes support for running containers | TechCrunch

Cloud Foundry, the open source Platform-as-a-Service from Pivotal announced this week that it will support Kubernetes for running containers. Given the popularity of Kubernetes, this announcement shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention.

Microsoft is becoming a renewable energy provider in Ireland | Fortune

Microsoft and GE teamed up this week in a deal where Microsoft will be using all of the wind power generated from GE’s newest Irish wind farm for the next 15 years. This clean energy will be used to help power Microsoft’s cloud computing data centers Ireland.

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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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