In front of an audience of thousands of tech professionals, for almost three hours Tuesday Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy extolled the benefits of cloud computing.

The marathon talk was part of the online giant’s annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, where attendees have grown accustomed to Amazon detailing of dozens of new tech features for IT professionals and developers.

But unlike previous years, the company is facing some of the most intense competition it’s ever felt. Still considered by analysts to be the biggest force in cloud computing, Amazon is hearing the footsteps and drumbeat of Microsoft and Google.

In October for instance, Microsoft won the Pentagon’s coveted Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract worth up to $10 billion. An Amazon spokesperson has since claimed that the bidding process for the cloud contract was tainted with “clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias,” and the company filed a lawsuit in late November to overturn the award.

Here are the most noteworthy takeaways from Jassy’s talk:

Building a machine learning machine

Like its cloud rivals, Amazon is trying to build tools to help non-tech companies more easily make complicated machine-learning models, a task …read more

Source:: Fortune.com – Tech

      

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