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 game, but if reports are correct, that could be about to change.

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

Salesforce makes a $6.5B bet on hybrid with the acquisition of MuleSoft | Geekwire

Salesforce bought MuleSoft, the enterprise API integration company, for a cool $6.5 billion this week. It’s a lot of money, but Salesforce sees a company that can help it access data wherever it lives to help fuel its many services.

How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever | MIT Tech Review

AI is really just at the beginning of its mainstream business adoption, and the cloud is a big part of its growing popularity. Most companies are not going to roll their own AI. They are going to take advantage of the services offered by cloud providers, and the ones who lure the most customers to this data and resource intensive activity could be very wealthy indeed.

IBM & Apple partner on AI & cloud  | Light Reading

IBM and Apple extended their partnership this week, allowing enterprise companies to build complex machine learning models in the IBM cloud, then moving those algorithms to Apple Core ML to run smarter apps on Apple devices.

Slack Technologies builds engineering team to combat outages | Reuters

As Slack has grown, it has experienced growing pains that have resulted in outages. According to data provided in this article, it has experienced some level of outage over 50 days since last April. The company recognizes it has a problem and is forming a dedicated team of engineers to solve the problem.

Amazon’s cloud is looking at building a corporate training service | CNBC

Amazon could be looking at a training delivery service. This idea of a stand-alone service is a bit of a departure from delivering the nuts and bolts computing services and letting customers have at it. If this is accurate, it could mark a shift for Amazon into a new area of enterprise software services.

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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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