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, not Salesforce owns SaaS marketshare lead says Synergy Research. While Salesforce holds the SaaS revenue lead, it is Microsoft that is marketshare leader for several reasons.

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

What Box and Workday earnings may signal for private SaaS companies | Crunchbase News

Is the SaaS market losing steam with investors? If this week’s Box and Workday results are any indication, it could be. One quarter doesn’t make a trend, but it is certainly worth noting and watching.

Walmart to go big with Nvidia-based cloud to take on Amazon | Fortune

Perhaps Walmart decided if Amazon was getting into the brick and mortar retail business, it would get into the data center business. A report this week says the retail giant is building a substantial data center that will run on Nvidia GPUs.

Target reportedly checking out of Amazon Web Services | Geekwire

Meanwhile, Target has decided to quit AWS, which in light of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, it now sees as a direct competitive threat (as though it wasn’t before).

OpenStack sees new use cases in edge computing | TechCrunch

OpenStack has always had the broad ambition to be the private cloud yin to AWS’s public cloud yang. This week, the OpenStack organization came out with of their regular updates with a focus on letting IT pick and choose the features they want. It also starts making a nod to the growing need for edge computing requirements.

VMware embraces cloud during VMWorld | Networkworld

This week at VMworld, VMware made the deal with AWS announced last year official. The alliance enables customers to run legacy applications on VMware virtual machines on AWS and helps eliminate a huge management headache for IT pros, who previously had to leave the applications on-prem or alter them to work on AWS VMs.

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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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