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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, Rackspace fortifies its position in the managed cloud market with Datapipe acquisition. Rackspace became quite a force in the managed cloud market when it purchased Datapipe last week.

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

Tech’s old guard continues to embrace Kubernetes, as Oracle joins the CNCF | Geekwire

Hell froze over last week, or so it seemed, when Oracle became the latest tech company to join the CNCF, the organization that oversees the open source Kubernetes project. It’s a clear sign that customers want to use Kubernetes and they want all of their vendors supporting it.

Cloud computing spurs hybrid architecture adoption | InformationWeek

It’s not exactly a secret that many larger companies are not going all in the cloud, but instead are taking a hybrid approach where some applications go to the cloud and some stay on-prem. This requires an architecture to support and manage such an arrangement — and vendors are happy to accommodate.

Why Fortune 500 companies are trusting the cloud more than ever | Fortune

While hybrid may rule the day, the fact is that the largest companies are moving some of their workloads to the cloud. Gone are the days when the cloud was seen as a less secure option.

Salesforce millions have S.F., Oakland schools trying innovations | San Francisco Chronicle

Salesforce is easily the most successful pure SaaS company ever, but CEO Marc Benioff has often said that it’s up to corporate America to help out in its communities. His company has put its money where its mouth is over the years donating millions to Bay area schools, while employees have volunteered hundreds of hours.

Cisco strategy bets on software to deal with cloud shift | TechTarget

Over the last several years, Cisco has been using its considerable cash-on-hand to buy one SaaS company after another. While the company has traditionally focused on networking hardware, it sees a future with the cloud and a software defined data center where hardware will play a lesser role. The software strategy is about moving to a more services-oriented model.

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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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