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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, How MSPs can help secure the power grid. It’s a long hot summer, and the power companies are suffering. It’s possible that MSPs could help monitor critical systems.

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

Internal documents show how Amazon scrambled to fix Prime Day glitches | CNBC

Amazon had its annual Prime Day this week when it puts thousands of products on sale and attracts millions of shoppers. You figure a company like Amazon that operates at crazy scale and runs AWS could handle the volume. It turns out though they had some serious issues keeping up with demand as it appears their auto scalers might have failed them.

Microsoft’s focus on cloud, partnerships paying off | Reuters

Microsoft released its earnings yesterday and the results were pretty impressive. The Intelligent Cloud generated $6.9 billion on its own for the quarter, and part of that success according to this article is an increased focus on the cloud and partnerships.

MLB partners with AWS to predict pitches and analyze live games with robots | Geekwire

Does it get any better than the cloud and baseball? In this instance, AWS is expanding its partnership with MLB to bring more artificial intelligence to in-game analysis including predicting pitches.

Walmart and Microsoft expand cloud deal as they compete against Amazon | Seattle Times

Walmart doesn’t like Amazon, so it wasn’t about to give its rival its cloud online retail business. Instead, as you might expect it turned to the next best thing. It made a deal with Microsoft and kept that business away from AWS.

Google’s Cloud Launcher is now the GCP Marketplace | TechCrunch

Google has cloud news too. It changed the name of its cloud app store today to GCP Marketplace, a much better name than the previous one: Google Cloud Launcher. It also introduced containerized applications to said marketplace for those who are so inclined to launch applications other than traditional virtual machines.

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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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