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, IBM finally returns to positive revenue driven by cloud biz. After more than five years of negative revenue, the company had a positive quarter, and much of it was driven by the company’s strategic projects including the cloud.

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

Amazon’s cloud business acquires Sqrrl, a security start-up with NSA roots | CNBC

Amazon acquired a Cambridge, Massachusetts security startup with roots in the NSA this week. The tool will be incorporated into AWS and give customers access to sophisticated threat detection.

9 Cloud computing technologies you need to understand for 2018 | Datamation

You won’t find anything you don’t expect in this list, whether it’s containers, Kubernetes, or serverless, but it’s a solid list of the tools and technologies that are going to have a big influence on the cloud in 2018

Now hospitals can keep confidential patient records in the public cloud | ZDNet

This week the NHS, the UK public health service gave the go-ahead for hospitals to store confidential patient records in the cloud. The NHS saw the same advantages of the cloud as everyone else including not having to maintain hardware and software.

Lloyd’s estimates the impact of a U.S. cloud outage at $19 billion | eWeek

Interestingly, British insurance giant, Lloyds of London released a study on the impact of a prolonged public cloud outage, which they define as 3-6 days. They determined it could result in a loss of $19 billion. Keep in mind the study was written by an insurance company trying to sell insurance against an outage.

Inside Seattle’s second gold rush | CMSwire

While the first gold rush wasn’t exactly in Seattle, the city did deal with processing much of the gold. The second rush involves cloud computing. The Seattle area, which is home to Amazon and Microsoft, also boasts a slew of other major technology company data centers attracted by the low cost of hydro-electric power on the Columbia River. You could say they are processing the cloud resources.

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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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