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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, Report finds Chinese companies dominate China’s cloud infrastructure market. China represents a large and growing market, but it’s not the usual US tech companies who dominate there.

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

AWS says its new monster GPU array is ‘most powerful’ in the cloud | ZDNet

In a world where machine learning requires processing tons of data and uses substantial computing resources, GPU chips have become the processor of choice. This week, AWS announced a new product that uses custom CPUs based on Intel Xeon E5 Broadwell processors for those times when you feel the need for extra speed.

New version of Microsoft’s Azure Container Service offers managed Kubernetes | Geekwire

Everybody is jumping on the Kubernetes bus these days, and Microsoft is no exception. The company launched a new Azure containers service that offers a managed version of  Kubernetes designed to reduce the complexity associated with implementing the open source version of the tool.

Cisco and Google find mutual interest in cloud computing | New York Times

We know by now that the cloud creates strange and wonderful alliances. Just this week, Google and Cisco announced a partnership and it was the cloud that brokered the relationship. Customers want compatibility and companies of all likes are ready to find ways to give it to them.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds two security projects | TechCrunch

The CNCF is best known for housing the Kubernetes project, originally developed by Google, but its mission is more broadly stated to support cloud native computing and all of the open source technologies associated with that. This week, it welcomed two separate but related security products into the fold.

Amazon cloud revenue soars 42 percent, topping analyst estimates | CNBC

Amazon had a pretty good quarter yesterday, and AWS as usual led the way with $4.58 billion in total revenue. That not only beat industry estimates, it put the company firmly on track for an $18 billion run rate.

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