AWS Introduces New EC2 Instances
AWS has introduced new general purpose and memory-optimized instance types with AMD EPYC processors. AMD EPYC processors are 10% less expensive than AWS’s current M5, T3, and R5 instances. The new instances will provide additional options for customers looking for cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a multitude of workloads such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, and business applications. The instances, which can be launched via the AWS Management Console or Command Line Interface, are currently available in the US East, US West, Europe, and Asia Pacific AWS regions. Additional region availability is planned for the near future.
Microsoft and Walmart Partner Up
Microsoft announced in a blog post that they will be partnering with Walmart for cloud services early next year right here in Austin, Texas. The companies will expand Walmart’s existing technology center in Austin to include a section dedicated to 30 technologists and engineers from both companies. This new team will develop cloud services around IoT and IT modernization. This move shows a united push from these two rivals of Amazon to compete with the cloud retail giant.
Microsoft also won the cloud business of retailer Gap. The companies will partner for a five-year deal that will include Azure cloud, the Microsoft 365 package, and the Power BI business intelligence software.
OVH Becomes Available to the US
OVH, the French cloud provider has announced that their public cloud built on OpenStack is now available in the U.S. The platform offers block, archive, and object storage powered by OpenStack Swift and Ceph. Their company executives claim it’s a more open, transparent alternative to AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud for enterprises that don’t like proprietary lock-in. OVH’s public cloud is available in the company’s East Coast datacenter and will be coming to the West Coast in January.
Liftr Cloud Insights will be tracking additional news from the OpenStack ecosystem at OpenStack Summit in Berlin this week.
This Week’s Cloud Events
Alibaba’s 10th annual Singles Day, their global shopping festival was held on Sunday which the company touts to be the largest shopping event in terms of “scale and reach”. Last year Alibaba Group cashed in $25.3 billion, 168.2 billion yuan, in gross merchandise volume, breaking their 2016 sales by 39 percent. This year the company expects to double those sales.
Their sales success has been, and continues to be, reliant upon the company’s AI and cloud computing infrastructure.
Alibaba’s AI-powered customer service robot handles 95% of customer service inquiries during Singles day, according to a release from the Chinese behemoth. The company’s AI-based marketing platform also handled advertising surrounding the event, generating 400 million custom banner ads and 60 billion personalized pages. To take a deeper dive into Alibaba’s Singles Day and machine learning, check out our Alibaba Report available now on liftrnews.com under resources.
Also this week, Supercomputing 18, will be held from November 11-16 in Dallas, Texas. Liftr Cloud Insights Principal Analyst Paul Teich will be there to analyze the convergence of High Performance Computing and Cloud at this year’s event.
On November 14th, Tencent and Cisco will be releasing their earnings call reports. We will be tracking Tencent’s cloud business and other areas of focus as the company looks to expand beyond its consumer-oriented roots.
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