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, Car companies are increasingly becoming software companies. As we move ever closer to autonomous vehicles, it’s going to require all kinds of software and cloud resources to make it all work, and as such, car companies are becoming more like software companies than manufacturers.

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

Microsoft says AI and machine learning driven by open source and the cloud | ZDNet

As Microsoft continues to shift its focus from a stack mentality of the 90’s to a cloud integration one today, it is seeing what the rest of are too. As AI and machine learning become underpinnings of just about all software, this move is being fueled by the cloud and open source.

VMware tackles complexity of multi-cloud environments | Networkworld

For a time it seemed like VMware would be consumed by the shift to the cloud, but what we have seen instead is a renaissance for the company that popularized the virtual machine. As it turned out, their large company customers weren’t simply lifting and shifting to the cloud. They needed to do it more slowly resulting in a hybrid world that VMware has been happy to manage.

Pentagon kicks off a winner-take-all for multibillion-dollar cloud-computing contract | Washington Post

The Pentagon is in the midst of becoming a cloud organization and when a government agency of this size and complexity makes a fundamental change, it’s going to generate some eye-popping contract numbers. The agency is pitting the biggest names in cloud technology in a high stakes game to win this huge chunk of business.

Salesforce CEO Benioff: Our $20 billion revenue target just became more attainable | CNBC

Salesforce has been on an unsurpassed growth trajectory over the last five years, getting to $10 billion in yearly revenue faster than any software company ever. But there is no rest for this company as they turn to the next milestone of $20 billion in revenue — to infinity and beyond.

Edge computing won’t kill the cloud, say analysts – SiliconANGLE

Video might have killed the radio star, but edge computing won’t kill the cloud say some analysts, at least. We know that as computing grows increasingly complex, that at least some of it is going to have to shift to the edge because even a little bit of latency is too much in certain situations. But the cloud won’t fade to irrelevancy just yet. It will still have a large role to play even as this shift happens.

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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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