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AWS vs. Azure vs. Google: Cloud storage compared

One of the most common use cases for public IaaS cloud computing is storage and that's for good reason: Instead of buying hardware and managing it, users upload data to the cloud and pay for how much they put there.+MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: Battle of ...

IBM adds API tools to Bluemix serverless framework

Nearly every major cloud now offers a serverless computing option: AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, and IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk, to name a few.

APIs are a common use case for serverless, but few people want to build APIs on a syste...

AWS CodeStar offers templates to ease cloud app deployments

Amazon looks to simplify building and deploying apps on its cloud platform with the introduction of the AWS CodeStar service this week.The cloud service eases project setup by using templates for web applications, web services, and other projects on common development platforms.

Developers can provision projects and resources for software development processes ranging from coding to testing and deployment.

Templates are featured for such AWS options as EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, and Lambda, and supported languages include JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby, and PHP.[ The cloud storage security gap — and how to close it. | The InfoWorld Deep Dive: How to make document sharing really work in Office 365. ]AWS CodeStar was launched in response to organizations facing the challenge of having agile, dynamic software development processes, said AWS Technical Evangelist Tara Walker. "The first challenge most new software projects face is the lengthy setup process that developers have to complete before they can start coding," she said.

This process could include setting up IDEs, accessing code repositories, and identifying infrastructure needed for builds, tests, and production.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Here’s everything announced at Wednesday’s AWS Summit

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels took the stage at the company’s AWS Summit Wednesday to announce a smorgasbord of new features for Amazon Web Services.The functionality included new billing for software-as-a-service applications, a new continuous integration tool, and enhancements to the company’s database services. Here's the rundown of what was announced:[ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations. | Dig into the the red-hot open source framework in InfoWorld's beginner's guide to Docker. ]SaaS Contracts in AWS Marketplace SaaS Contracts give companies the ability to pay for subscription software through the AWS Marketplace on a one-, two- or three-year basis.

Customers are billed for the subscriptions through their monthly AWS bill, rather than on a separate invoice.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

20 years of AWS: Time flies when you’re winning

The world has been agog over Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ most recent shareholder letter, in which he touted AWS’s ability to “lower the costs and barriers to machine learning and AI so organizations of all sizes can take advantage of these advanced techniques,” as well as reiterated the company’s focus on “true customer obsession.” It’s a remarkable document that underlines exactly how central AWS has become to the Amazon mission.For those paying attention to Bezos’ letters over the last two decades, however, the shareholder letter for fiscal year 2016 simply signals a steady continuation of Amazon’s strategy laid out 20 years ago.
Indeed, for customers and competitors, Bezos has made it blindingly clear exactly what Amazon was up to, long before AWS became the $12 billion cloud leader it is today.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Misconfiguration of AWS Services by Users Exposes Cloud Security Risks

Security vendor Threat Stack analyzed AWS usage patterns and found that 73 percent had some form of misconfiguration that could represent a potential security risk.

13 tips to foil cloud lock-in

Last month I noted that the big AWS outage proved one cloud isn't enough.

This week, I'd like to go a bit further into the topic and talk about some of the things you can do concretely to embrace the cloud without betting the farm.It's not just about outages.

Any vendor who has you by the data will eventually extract the maximum value from the relationship.
Sometimes the most important question in a business relationship is: "What's your exit strategy?" Here are my best answers, arranged by cloud type.[ The cloud storage security gap — and how to close it. | 5 ways Microsoft has improved SharePoint security. ]For IaaS Use Docker or a similar solution. You should have relocatable containers that you can rebuild and deploy at a whim.

This is a critical if you want to protect yourself against lock-in.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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$10 in Amazon money for trying out its music platform! What a deal.

Android Gboard smartens up with federated machine learning

Google has begun using a machine learning approach to learn from user interactions with mobile devices.Currently under testing in the Gboard on Android keyboard, Federated Learning lets smartphones collaboratively pick up a shared prediction model w...

After Spark: Ray project tackles real-time machine learning

RISELab, the successor to the U.C.

Berkeley group that created Apache Spark, is hatching a project that could replace Spark—or at least displace it for key applications.Ray is a distributed framework designed for low-latency real-time processing, such as machine learning.

Created by two doctoral students at RISELab, Philipp Moritz and Robert Nishihara, it works with Python to run jobs either on a single machine or distributed across a cluster, using C++ for components that need speed.[ Jump into Microsoft’s drag-and-drop machine learning studio: Get started with Azure Machine Learning. | The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. ]The main aim for Ray, according to an article at Datanami, is to create a framework that can provide better speeds than Spark.
Spark was intended to be faster than what it replaced (mainly, MapReduce), but it still suffers from design decisions that make it difficult to write applications with “complex task dependencies” because of its internal synchronization mechanisms.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

AWS is moving beyond IaaS and PaaS

Last week, Amazon Web Services launched Amazon Connect, a cloud-based contact center service.

The objective is to provide enterprises with an easier-to-use and faster-to-deploy call center system.

But there’s deeper meaning to Amazon Connect than simply a new service from AWS.From a technology perspective, Amazon Connect works the same way as Amazon's customer service system, incorporating its Lex AI technology for natural language processing, which is also used by the Alexa virtual assistant—yes, Alexa from the Amazon Echo.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

What the enterprise cloud really means

For years people like me have carped that not only is the public cloud a small slice of IT spending, but the big public clouds are also much more likely to attract startups or other digital natives as customers instead of conventional enterprises.That begs an important question: What then exactly is the “enterprise cloud”? Recently I interviewed Bob Weiler, executive vice president of global business units at Oracle, to drill into that topic.

As head of Oracle Industries, it’s his job to marshal Oracle’s full portfolio of technologies to serve seven key verticals — and Oracle's cloud is a big part of that push.[ Get started: A developer’s guide to serverless computing. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]When Oracle says “cloud,” one of the first things to remember is that most of the company’s cloud revenue comes from SaaS, despite Larry Ellison’s big talk about going head-to-head against AWS in full-on IaaS combat.
SaaS makes particular sense in serving vertical industries.

Through acquisition and internal development, Oracle has acquired the expertise to serve, say, the utilities or pharmaceutical or financial services industries through vertical SaaS applications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here