Deep breath. That was fairly a deluge of bulletins this week on the AWS:reinvent buyer convention in Las Vegas. The tempo left journalists overlaying the occasion dripping in sweat as they put us by our paces like a coach at a brutal exercise with one announcement after one other.
To provide you a way of the breadth of protection, we had 25 tales on TechCrunch this week simply associated to this occasion — and we didn’t cowl every part by any means. It actually reveals that despite its commanding lead within the infrastructure market, AWS has no intention of sitting nonetheless and ready for the competitors to catch up.
Because the Seattle Instances put it, Amazon unveils new cloud providers on the tempo of a startup. But this can be a division of an enormous on-line retail large, not a stand-alone cloud providers firm, and positively not a startup. It’s one which’s on an $18 billion income run price and nonetheless rising at over 40 p.c. The way in which it retains that type of sustained development is by by no means taking something with no consideration.
If the corporate is working behind on a very sizzling space prefer it appears to have been in machine studying and synthetic intelligence, it is going to throw assets on the drawback. Whereas Amazon has cracked product-specific AI with Alexa voice recognition and the Echo product line, it nonetheless has lacked basic function AI and machine studying instruments.
Worry not although, because it launched quite a few new providers this week to fill within the machine studying gap. There was a brand new translation service, a nifty transcription service and Amazon Rekognition Video service, which offers builders real-time evaluation of video content material.
The corporate additionally launched a chunk of known as AWS Deeplens, a wise video digital camera aimed toward builders with built-in picture recognition algorithms.
And if you happen to needed some assist producing your individual machine studying fashions, Amazon had one thing for you there too when it launched SageMaker, a software for constructing and deploying your individual machine studying fashions utilizing pre-configured algorithms (or bringing you personal).
There have been additionally a number of updates to Alexa together with a push to carry it into enterprise with a number of partnerships introduced together with Microsoft, Capital One and Concur, amongst others.
In contrast to machine studying, AWS has been embracing containerization and micro-services for a while, nevertheless it lacked its personal model of Kubernetes, the favored container orchestration software. That drought ended this week with the Amazon EKS announcement, a model of Kubernetes of its very personal.
There was additionally Amazon Neptune, a brand new graph database that gives the way in which to indicate connections between knowledge in a short time. It’s truly shocking that this product is simply being launched this yr as a result of it’s the identical type of know-how Amazon has been utilizing for years to let you know if you happen to purchased one product, you may like different comparable merchandise.
The corporate pushed additional into IoT with new working system, safety and analytics providers. It prolonged its attain into databases together with a brand new serverless selection. Very like Lambda, the serverless computing service AWS launched final yr for functions that don’t want a steady connection to a server, the Aurora Serverless database is designed for functions that don’t want a steady connection to a database.
There was lots extra, actually one thing for each buyer and each sizzling space of tech, apart from maybe blockchain, which for some purpose Jassy says his firm has chosen to not embrace as a service at the moment. That didn’t cease them from having a number of companions displaying off their wares on the present this week.
And the corporate even took trip of its busy week to set a Guinness world report for the biggest hen wing consuming contest.
Whereas some will rightly complain that Amazon merely waits for others to create one thing after which makes use of their huge assets to swoop in and create an analogous service, the very fact is that Amazon retains on working as quick at it might, as if it hears the footfalls of its opponents off within the distance.
In some ways, AWS displays the persona of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who famously has said that every single day is Day One. In different phrases, don’t get too comfy or your competitors will eat your lunch. If this week was any indication, the cloud providers division has taken that directive very severely.