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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.

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

Sources: Dell to acquire tracking stock, leave VMware alone for time being | CNBC

When Dell bought EMC in 2015, part of the deal was tied to a VMware tracking stock to make it more palatable for VMware investors. (VMware is a separately traded public company.) This week Dell decided to just buy the tracking stock, and it could be the start of a bigger move around VMware.

Google Cloud executive Bryant leaves after less than a year | Bloomberg

When Intel’s CEO stepped down last month, people pointed out that it was part of an executive exodus over the past year at the company that included Diane Bryant, who had quit to join Google’s cloud unit. Google announced Bryant left the company this week, and perhaps the timing isn’t a coincidence.

Even Morgan Stanley’s conservative estimate of next five years of cloud growth looks pretty good | GeekWire

It’s been clear for some time that companies are shifting at least parts of their computing workloads to various pieces of the cloud (platform, software, and infrastructure). But, Morgan Stanley reported cloud growth over the next five years could be even bigger than a one-for-one transfer, as workloads are growing dramatically.

Report: Containers growing, serverless computing is misunderstood | SD Times

While developers are increasingly making use of containerization, a new report from cloud computing company Digital Ocean found that many developers don’t understand serverless computing. At some point, they should make an effort to figure it out because it could ultimately save them loads of time deploying and managing the underlying infrastructure.

Time split to the nanosecond is precisely what Wall Street wants | New York Times

When executing transactions, fractions of seconds matter. Google and Stanford University are working on a system that tracks time to 100 billionths of a second. In the age of the cloud with data spread out, that could be a huge lift to companies doing computer-driven commerce like stock traders.

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