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, Google Cloud looks ready to board the blockchain train. Google has been conspicuously absent from the blockchain service game, but if reports are correct, that could be about to change.

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

AI providers will increasingly compete with management consultancies | Economist

There is a battle going on among cloud vendors to be your AI app building platform. The problem is that the offerings are often similar and the differentiators are subtle. It takes work to find the right one. Enter a new market for consultants who can help you choose the perfect algorithm.

Pentagon cloud bid in Congress’s crosshairs amid Amazon concerns | Datacenter Knowledge

The Pentagon cloud bid has gotten complicated. First, they awarded a contract worth close to a billion dollars to a Maryland MSP, then they pulled a lot of that money back when the bigger players complained. Then they announced a winner take all bid. Now Congress is stepping in because they are concerned about the single winner approach to such a large contract.

GoDaddy signs multiyear deal with Amazon Web Services | Geekwire

AWS got itself a big win this week when GoDaddy, an internet domain name registrar, web host, and one-time cloud services provider announced it was moving the bulk of its computing operations to Amazon. It is apparently very interested in AWS’s managed Kubernetes product announced last year.

Nvidia using cloud to simulate self-driving vehicles | Reuters

Nvidia continues to insert itself in all things AI, and this week it announced a cloud-based autonomous driving simulator. It consists of two servers, where one simulates the sensors that would be involved in driving the car, and the other the software in collecting and processing that data — all without an actual physical car.

Azure CTO: open source is key to machine learning in the cloud, or on edge | The New Stack

It’s increasingly clear that open source tools are playing a key role in the public cloud and it’s a match that makes a lot of sense. Azure’s CTO sees it as a key relationship for delivering machining learning either in the cloud or on the edge.

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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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