Cloud 5: Google beefs up AI offerings, Musk chooses Azure for OpenAI

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 18, 2016 9:21:15 AM

5 11-18-16.jpgWelcome 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.

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

Google announces artificial intelligence group for Google Cloud | Reuters

First, Microsoft consolidated its AI pieces under one umbrella group and now Google has followed suit. The approach makes sense. Instead of siloing the different pieces, let them feed off one another.

This little known startup bets on ARM chips to take on cloud giant Amazon | Fortune

A new company is making an odd bet in the cloud using an unusual chip set and running loads on bare metal servers, rather than virtual machines. There are other players out there working a similar strategy, so not sure how they take on AWS with this approach.

Elon Musk’s OpenAI project taps Microsoft Azure as its main cloud partner | Geekwire

Any time Elon Musk's name appears in the context of a story, people seem to take notice, so when he chose Microsoft Azure for his OpenAI project this week, it attracted a fair bit of attention. Chalk it up as another win for Azure though, regardless of who it is.

Google’s Cloud Platform will get GPU machines in early 2017 | TechCrunch

In another move to enhance its AI chops, Google joined Microsoft and AWS in offering GPU machines in the cloud in 2017. The GPU chips process data faster and are helpful in taking advantage of the power of artificial intelligence (and other data-intensive workloads).

Cloud computing’s next gambit: Data as a service | Infoworld

While AI is driven by data, even if you have access to artificial intelligence tools in the cloud, you might not have access to good data. A new idea is forming in the cloud where end users can access data sets in a particular vertical — data as a service, if you will.

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