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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, Data centers became big business in 2017. Data centers were flying off the shelves in 2017 and it was a record year for sales.

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

Amazon, Salesforce would love to move from Oracle databases | ZDNet

Two major tech companies are beholden in a big way to a rival. Amazon and Salesforce both use Oracle databases and have to listen to Oracle chairman Larry Ellison boast about it. A report suggests that both companies are working to change that and build their own.

Microsoft buys Avere in hybrid cloud play | CNBC

This week, Microsoft bought Avere Systems, a Pittsburgh data storage company that helps companies move data between the data center and the cloud. The purchase not only fits nicely with Microsoft’s hybrid strategy, it also was a company that Google had invested in, so it tweaks a rival.

Meet the man tasked with convincing CIOs to move to AWS | Computerworld UK

Stephen Orban helped move his former company, Dow Jones, to the cloud. Today, he works for AWS helping convince other enterprise CIOs that they need to move to  the AWS cloud.

Huawei to create world’s largest OpenStack resource pool | The Stack

Huawei is mostly known as a phone manufacturer, but it’s also a cloud company. It’s in the midst of a project with China Mobile to build a huge private cloud that will eventually be the world’s larges OpenStack resource pool. The goal is to build an enormous private cloud to run China Mobile’s internal operations.

Kubernetes at the core of multicloud future, says Cisco CTO | SiliconANGLE

It’s not exactly a startling revelation, but Cisco’s CTO Lew Tucker believes that the future will involve multiple clouds and that Kubernetes will help pull it all together in a cloud native approach. He wants IT to have many options when it comes to how they run their operations, but a way to manage it in a consistent manner, and Kubernetes provides that.

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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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