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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, When cloud companies partner, customers usually win. Cloud partnerships provide ways to share data and functionality across products in ways that weren’t possible (or at least were much harder) in the previous generation of proprietary stacks.

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

Google’s new cloud service lets you train your own AI tools | The Verge

Google wants to put AI and machine learning tools in the hands of every company, and to that end, they released a machine learning tool this week that doesn’t require any coding.

Apple will boost its spending on data centers by $10 billion over next 5 years | CNBC

Apple announced a series of investments this week as it puts some of its repatriated cash to work. Part of that includes building several new data centers over the next five years. Locations were not specified in the announcement.

Google announces plans for new undersea cables | GeekWire

This week Google announced a huge expansion of its worldwide cloud infrastructure including five new regions and 3 undersea cables that should provide a much broader coverage area for the company’s cloud services around the world.

Defense Department’s $500 Million Cloud To Go Live In February | Nextgov

The defense department is expected to go live with a half billion dollar private cloud initiative next month. The first workloads will involve unclassified materials, but by next year they expect to move classified materials as well.

Facebook and Amazon are causing a memory shortage | Networkworld

The growth of hyperscale data centers around the world is having an unintended consequence. As companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon continue to build these massive data centers, it is causing a worldwide memory shortage and driving up the price of computer memory.

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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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