Our roving video reporter Rex Moore recently visited a real cloud in order to highlight the investing opportunities involved. Now, Rex digs deeper into the stocks involved in a five-part series with cloud expert Max Keeler. Today's installment: Which hardware makers are poised to best benefit in this sizzling sector?

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