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 makes a play for developers with GitHub acquisition. Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub was all about attracting developers to the Azure cloud platform.

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

Microsoft launches underwater data center off Scottish coast | VentureBeat

Microsoft apparently wants to bring the cloud underwater. This week it opened an experimental underwater data center off the coast of Scotland. The idea is part of their “moonshot” projects, which look at wild ideas and try to make them reality.

Amazon EKS is GA, bringing fully-managed Kubernetes to AWS | ZDNet

Containers are a big deal. They provide a new way to launch programs that allow developers to control how they get deployed with great precision. Kubernetes has become a standard way to manage the container deployment operation. This week, Amazon made its own flavor of Kubernetes called Amazon EKS generally available.

Let cloud orchestration tools do the hard work | TechTarget

Regardless of how you choose to deliver your applications in the cloud, the process can be simplified if you can automate the operations part of the equation. One way to do that is using orchestration tools, which help the operations team control deployment.

Apple’s Create ML is a nice feature with an unclear purpose | TechCrunch

Apple unveiled some new machine learning capabilities this week at the WWDC keynote. This writer wondered how it would be useful when much of the machine learning’s heavy lifting is done in the cloud because it requires so many resources to do. Perhaps Apple has come up with a better way to do it locally.

Jeff Bezos on lock-in: ‘You never want your customers to be trapped’ | Geekwire

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recognizes (or at least he pays lip service to the idea) that customers need to be able to move to another service if something better, cheaper, and faster comes along. Perhaps he truly believes it’s up to the vendor to keep innovating to keep you on board, but it’s also part of the cloud ethos that you need to be able to move between services with relative ease. This is in stark contrast to the 90’s stack players who longed to lock you in and keep you there.

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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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