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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, Microsoft bolsters Azure AI toolset with Bonsai acquisition. Just weeks after buying GitHub, the company makes another play for developers on the Azure cloud platform with the Bonsai acquisition.

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

After 20 years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud | TechCrunch

There is little doubt that Marc Benioff was a visionary when he imagined a world of Software-as-a-Service 20 years ago, but even Benioff couldn’t have envisioned every change in a tech world moving too fast for anyone to imagine.

CIA tech official calls Amazon cloud project ‘transformational’ | Bloomberg

At a time when the big cloud companies are engaged in a fierce battle for the Department of Defense winner-takes-all cloud contract, AWS got an unexpected boost from another government cloud customer. The CIA called its own mega project with AWS “transformational” at  a recent AWS government event in Washington.

Former Citrix chief Mark Templeton takes over at cloud start-up DigitalOcean | CNBC

DigitalOcean makes a good living at the bottom of the cloud market. It’s not making the money that the big guys are, but it does just fine, thank you very much. This week it hired former Citrix CEO Mark Templeton to help take it to the next level.

A Spotify for video games? Companies look up to cloud for game services | WSJ

As gaming moves to the cloud with everything else, companies like Nintendo are offering their customers cloud-based game services. While delivering high-end games in the cloud presents some technical challenges, Japanese game publisher Capcom is helping by delivering some popular titles. It could just be the start of a broader move to the cloud.

IBM brings cloud private platform to cloud managed services offering | eWeek

IBM is offering a new managed service to help companies interested in using Kubernetes. The idea is to hide some of the complexity of implementing and running Kubernetes by offering it as a service on the IBM cloud platform.

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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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