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, As OpenStack grows up, it’s becoming a significant economic engine. OpenStack started as a small open source project to be a check against the growing power of AWS in the cloud, but it’s growing into a pretty significant ecosystem itself.

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

A data center with wings? The cloud isn’t dead because the edge is portable | ZDNet

Devices like self-driving cars and drones are essentially data centers in motion, which require more immediate processing than going to the cloud would allow. Some have suggested that this will push cloud computing to the margins where it becomes a data storage and processing engine, but this writer argues the cloud will find a way to live concurrently with the edge and avoid marginalization.

How the public cloud drives emerging technologies | Datamation

The cloud companies are helping make the latest technologies — whether IoT, AI, or blockchain — more accessible to just about any company by packaging them as services. In doing so, they reduce the underlying complexity and make it easier to use them than individual companies could likely do on their own.

Why Adobe’s Advertising Cloud is (mostly) a private cloud | TechCrunch

Adobe is an unabashed fan of public cloud, but when it came to advertising, it found that the latency in the instant world of online ad buying wasn’t acceptable. Enter OpenStack, which allowed the company to build an ad platform on its term in a private cloud using an open source tool.

Salesforce-Google Cloud partnership touts expanded options, deeper integration | WSJ

This week represented another strange co-mingling in the cloud when Salesforce and Google announced a deep partnership that involved Salesforce using Google Cloud Platform for at least some of its international computing needs. It also includes deep integrations between G-Suite and Google analytics and Salesforce tools.

Alibaba Cloud faces a steep challenge outside China | Infoworld

While Alibaba is growing incredibly quickly, it’s doing most of that growth inside China where it has a distinct market advantage. The real question remains can it continue that growth trajectory and find success outside of China. We won’t know the answer to that question for several years, but this author isn’t so sure.

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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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