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AWS to Oracle: Now it's our turn and we got next


AWS CEO Andy Jassy took a few jabs at Oracle CTO Larry Ellison during his AWS re:Invent keynote address on November 30, 2016. Ellison's face briefly appeared on screen next to this slide. Earlier this year, Oracle CTO Larry Ellison aggressively went after Amazon Web Services, suggesting the database giant could overtake the dominant cloud leader. On Wednesday at the AWS re:Invent conference, it was AWS CEO Andy Jassy's turn to hit back. Characterizing AWS' capabilities as "super powers," Jassy's keynote address repeatedly took jabs at Ellison.

Amazon AWS has saved its customers $500M by alerting them when they're overpaying


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.

AWS Offers Its Artificial Intelligence Expertise to Developers


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.

Amazon launches AWS Greengrass for IoT


Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unveiled Greengrass, allowing local compute, messaging, and data caching for the Internet of Things (IoT). Launching the service at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, AWS CEO Andy Jassy said Greengrass will allow users to run IoT applications across the AWS cloud and local devices using AWS Lambda and AWS IoT. "Device manufacturers and chipmakers will be able to build Greengrass into devices from the get go," Jassy explained. Using AWS Lambda, Jassy said Greengrass ensures that IoT devices can respond quickly to local events, operate with intermittent connections, and minimise the cost of transmitting IoT data to the cloud. Greengrass is already available in limited preview, with the cloud giant explaining it will allow developers to build IoT solutions that connect different types of devices with the cloud and also each other.

AWS not buying into the blockchain hype


On the official first day of AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy unveiled a slew of announcements, with over 20 new features and services fired out over the duration of his opening keynote.