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Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS

Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period. Management beat the cloud drum for Wall Street on Thursday, talking across-the-board growth. Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 commercial saw the biggest revenue growth, according to Microsoft – 93 per …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2017
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Washing machine AI? You'll thank AWS, Microsoft, Google (eventually)

There's a war brewing in the cloud, and machine learning may well determine the outcome. With infrastructure services trending toward commoditisation, each of the big-three cloud purveyors is racing to augment vanilla IaaS and PaaS with not-so-vanilla machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) smarts. Sure, they're way …
Matt Asay, 27 Apr 2017

Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

Updated Developers trying to integrate their applications with the Amazon Echo have suffered headache after headache for the past week, thanks to mystery problems with Alexa APIs. For several days now, third-party apps have been unable to use Amazon's Skills Kit as expected, and thus are unable to receive voice commands via Alexa …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2017
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Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

Amazon's won a patent for “Hard disk drive assembly with field-separable mechanical module and drive control”. In Amazon's world disk drives have two distinct systems. There's a “drive mechanical module” comprising a drive's arms, heads, spindle, motor and platters. And there's a “control module”, basically the drive's …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2017
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The pain in your chest? That'll be Big Tech's AI arrow of love

If you couldn't feel the love this week, you're lacking a heart. Tech firms threw AI code and services at devs in a further attempt to secede and ultimately tie them into their respective ways of talking to machines. Facebook open-sourced its Caffe2 deep-learning framework – open-sourcing of code being a proven way in tech of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2017
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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud

Google has released another piece of its in-house software-defined networking (SDN) system for public use on the Google Cloud service. The Chocolate Factory said that Espresso functions as the edge-facing component of the Google network, linking its own machines up with the interconnect facilities of backbone providers and …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2017
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Thank Souq for that! Jeff Bezos now world's second richest

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has surpassed clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person. That is richest in terms of net worth, as each of Bezos' shares in Amazon rose $18.32 yesterday, netting him $1.5bn after his company announced its plans to acquire …
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BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You still won't catch AWS

Open source wasn’t supposed to matter in the cloud. After the Free Software Foundation’s failed attempt to rein in network-delivered software services, some wrung their hands and waited for the open source apocalypse. Instead of imploding, however, open source adoption has exploded, with ever more permissive licenses rising to …
Matt Asay, 30 Mar 2017
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Press 1 for bill shock, 2 for outages... AWS touts call-center management-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services on Tuesday introduced Amazon Connect, a hosted contact center service that allows any business to consign customers to voice jail with minimal effort. Based on the contact center technology used by Amazon customer service personnel, Amazon Connect presents companies with a comparatively painless alternative …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2017
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Amazon relinquishes data from Echo that could have dropped eaves on a killing

We'll have to wait a little longer for a test case on the use of data collected by Amazon's eavesdropper Echo in criminal investigations. Authorities in Arkansas served a search warrant on Amazon to obtain the data from an Amazon Echo device in a murder that took place in the state in November 2015. Police believe the murder …
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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

Amazon, the target of multiple lawsuits alleging labor law violations and the subject of criticism over cutthroat work culture, appears to be pilot testing its tough-love approach to worker management in its burgeoning media production business. Marvelous Solano-Rodriguez – who may or may not live up to his name – on Thursday …
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AWS's Kubernetes dilemma: It's a burden and a pleasure

Amazon Web Services became the 800-pound cloud gorilla by catering to developers. It expects to own the container crown with the exact same strategy, touting convenience and productivity gains to users of its EC2 Container Service (ECS). There are signs, however, that this fight won’t be as simple, and that a cross-cloud …
Matt Asay, 28 Feb 2017
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Nimble offers AWS and Azure cloud-wrapper

Nimble Storage claims Azure and AWS clouds aren't ideal for enterprise transaction apps but says it can fix that by wrapping them inside Nimble Cloud Volumes for a $0.10/GB/month starting price. Nimble says it'll provide customers with its Cloud Volumes, which come with six nines (99.9999 per cent) measured storage …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017
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Your IDE won't change, but YOU will: HELLO! Machine learning

Machine learning has become a buzzword. A branch of Artificial Intelligence, it adds marketing sparkle to everything from intrusion detection tools to business analytics. What is it, exactly, and how can you code it? Programs historically produce precise results using linear instructions. Fetch that file, open it, alter this …
Danny Bradbury, 23 Feb 2017
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UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

Amazon has announced its intention to increase its UK workforce to over 24,000 this year. The company said it would be welcoming an additional 5,000 staff to its UK headcount, with the majority expected to be staffing its warehouse “fulfilment centres” dotted around the nation, although no breakdown was provided. Amazon told …
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Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

Those of you contemplating a cloud startup have two options: get acquired by one of five companies or build an automatic sueball flinger. So says Sam Altman, president of startup factory Y Combinator, in his annual letter describing the organisation's activities. The letter's full of StartupLand cliches - “Our mission is to …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2017

Yee-haw! It's the Friday storage round-up

Not every story is NetApp making a hyperconverged product, or Oracle possibly canning tape products. Here's a roundup of several pieces of news that are nevertheless significant. We wrote about data management startup Komprise some time ago. It tells us it released its product last year, has partnerships with NetApp, EMC, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017
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Amazon Chimes into video-conferencing: Look out, Skype, Google

Amazon has opened a new front in its battle for enterprise applications against Microsoft, Google and Cisco. The giant has unveiled Chime – a cloud-based unified voice, video and chat communications service targeting corporate IT as much as end users. Chime will, Amazon claims, eliminate common frustrations found in video-chat …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2017

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