If your IT department creates a bunch of virtual machines that don't get used then it can become a security risk and a manageability nightmare. However, if you move to the cloud and spin up a bunch of machines that don't get used then the problem is even worse, since you're paying for each one. Amazon Web Services recognized the problem and so it launched a program to alert its customers when they had cloud servers with low utilization, so that the servers could be deactivated and save the company from paying for them. On Monday, AWS CEO Andy Jassy told the audience of technology executives at Gartner Symposium that the AWS initiative has now saved its customers $500 million. "We don't want to make money from customers that aren't getting value from us," said Jassy.
At Amazon re:Invent in Las Vegas today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy introduced three new artificial intelligence and machine learning services to help developers create cool new applications based on images, text, and audio. Jassy said a lot of companies don't realize the heritage Amazon has in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. He said Amazon has had "thousands of people dedicated to AI" for a long time. Their work has resulted in Amazon's recommendation engines for products. The company's fulfillment processes are also driven by machine learning.
AWS fired a shot across Digital Ocean's bow this morning at the AWS re:Invent conference when it announced new virtual private servers starting at just $5 a month. The VPS service, called Lightsail, allows a customer to easily fire up a server in the cloud for a low price and hide the complexity of the underlying services being used. It's been designed, according to AWS CEO Andy Jassy to let customers who don't want to deal with any of the technical details to fire up servers as needed. According to Jassy, it's just a matter of choosing from a menu of options starting with your choice of operating system such as Ubuntu, then choosing from five pre-defined bundles that include the compute, storage, memory and so forth you want to run on your VPS. Finally, you just give it a name and you're good to go.
Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy introduced a bevy of new services and capabilities at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week. The new analytic and artificial intelligence (AI) services aren't unique, but there's little doubt they'll be huge hits. Jassy framed his announcements around the theme of giving enterprises "superpowers." Examples included powerful new compute instances supporting superhero-like speed, new database services enabling "flight" from the high cost of commercial databases, and new IoT services enabling "shapeshifting" out to the edge of the enterprise. I was most interested in the "X-Ray Vision" introductions, which included Athena and QuickSight analytic services and Rekognition, Polly and Lex artificial intelligence (AI) services.