Formula One Races to AWS
Formula One announced that it has selected AWS as its official cloud and machine learning provider. The sport will utilize a variety of products that Amazon has to offer, in order to improve broadcasts, data tracking, and race strategies.
One of the key services that Formula One is hoping to capitalize on is Amazon Sage Maker, a service designed to help developers build, train, and deploy machine learning models. Data will be collected in real time using Amazon Kinesis and then crunched to extract performance statistics and make predictions for upcoming races.
The sport will also utilize AWS Elemental Media Services for better video options. The Formula One director released a statement in which he declared that, “For their needs, AWS outperforms all other cloud providers in speed, scalability, reliability…” and a number of other areas.
Alibaba to Partner with France’s Bollore Group
Alibaba has landed a partnership with France’s Bollore group, a conglomerate run by billionaire businessman Vincent Bollore. The conglomerate runs a large logistics business in a number of former French colonies in Africa and has a stake of around 20% in the French media giant Vivendi.
The group will use Alibaba for cloud computing services, clean energy, logistics, and eventually new digital technologies and innovations. This partnership will be a huge break for Alibaba, which is pushing to break outside of its heavy domination in the Asian Pacific. To take a deeper look at Alibaba as a growing cloud company, check out the Alibaba Cloud Report on Liftrnews.com.
Also keep an eye on the Liftr Index to see how this partnership affects Alibaba’s scoring. Last week the company did have an increase in their sentiment score, but this change was due heavily to a live tweeting session of the Alibaba Cloud Eco Summit in Paris.
Microsoft Launches New Chinese Azure Regions
Microsoft launched two new regions this week, both in China. The new regions, located in Beijing and Shanghai, signal that Azure may be interested in moving further into the Chinese market. The company already has two existing regions set up in the country. Microsoft has been rapidly growing in the Chinese region since it became the first international cloud provider in China when it launched the first region in 2014.
Microsoft stayed busy this week, also launching a new availability zone for its Netherlands region. This roll-out brings the number of locations with availability zones, a safeguard feature that divides a region into multiple independent zones to three; the others being in Paris and Iowa. Though availability zones are a standard for most big cloud providers, Microsoft is trailing others, having just rolled out this feature earlier this year.
Google Cloud COO Says Goodbye
Google Cloud COO, Diane Bryant, who just joined the company last November, is planning to leave Google. The news was first announced by Business Insider and then confirmed in a statement from the company. Bryant is the former Intel executive who helped the software giant capture nearly all of the market for data center processors. Bryant’s reason as to why she is leaving Google is still a mystery, but some analysts speculate she’s vying for another position elsewhere.
There is word that Bryant may return to Intel, as she is on the shortlist to replace the former CEO after his departure several of weeks ago; however, the COO isn’t the only employee to jump ship recently. Over the past 6 months, Google has had growing employee dissent over Google’s work to pursue the $10 billion Department of Defense Cloud contract. It will be interesting to see how this major executive change affects Google’s Liftr Index score in the future.
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