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, AWS decides the blockchain is worth a shot after all. After pooh-poohing the blockchain last year at re:Invent, Amazon decides the blockchain may be worth its attention.

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

Amazon cloud revenue jumps 49 percent in first quarter | CNBC

You have to figure at some point, Amazon’s cloud unit growth is going to slow down a bit, but that wasn’t this quarter. The company beat expectations with a 49 percent leap in cloud revenue in its earnings report this week.

Microsoft Intelligent Cloud posts a 17 percent jump, 93 percent growth for Azure | GeekWire

Not to be outdone by its cross-lake rivals, Microsoft had itself a pretty nice cloud quarter too with the overall cloud revenue growing 17 percent and Azure alone growing an eye-popping 93 percent.

New cloud services let IT look beyond simple infrastructure | PCMag.com

If you still think the cloud is about providing convenient, inexpensive infrastructure, you may be missing the true value, using platform services to drive advanced technologies like artificial intelligence to make better decisions.

SAP plans CRM challenge as cloud computing business leaps forward | ZDNet

SAP may not be the first company you think of when you mention the cloud, but the company’s cloud revenue has been steadily rising and it’s thinking about expanding beyond its ERP roots to other tools in the enterprise ecosystem like CRM, putting it in competition with some heady players like Salesforce and Oracle.

Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry grow closer | TechCrunch

Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry are two open source cloud projects that would have cross over on a Venn diagram, but they have danced around one another. At the recent Cloud Foundry Summit, they made a big attempt to emphasize their friendship.

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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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