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, DoD won’t budge on winner-take-all cloud contract. The Department of Defense has put a request for bids for a winner-take-all, 10-year cloud contract and won’t budge on that single vendor notion.

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

Where’s the ‘edge’ in edge computing? Why it matters, and how we use it | ZDNet

Edge computing is going to gain in importance as we need more computing done directly on the device when even a little bit of latency matters. This article explains when the edge is important.

Cloud readiness, adoption and benefits: what is the hype all about? | RedPixie

While this is kind of basic at this point because everyone should know what the cloud is about. It’s not hype when it’s proven and real either, but it can give you some understanding of why the cloud is important and what is attracting companies to it in droves.

Amazon IoT: Leading the Pack | Datamation

Everyone wants a piece of the IoT market, and why not? It involves processing oodles of data, and that translates into big fees for cloud providers. Not surprisingly AWS thinks it’s the most viable platform for processing all of that data, but I’m guessing you would hear the same argument from every major cloud provider.

Plenty of growth in store for cloud computing, according to Gartner | Geekwire

It should come as no surprise to anyone looking at the cloud market that it’s growing fast and the numbers for next year are getting bigger. In fact, Gartner is predicting that total cloud spend will reach $186 billion this year led by SaaS with $117 billion in total spend.

Study: How to calculate pricing and resources for cloud computing | Phys.org

With all of that money being spent on the cloud, it would be nice to where it’s going. This article explores how to calculate the pricing for a given set of resources in the cloud. This article is aimed at scientists, but it really could apply to anyone interested in figuring out how much their project is going to cost in 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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