Cloud 5: Amazon's voice API and Oracle's latest big boast

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 21, 2017 9:41:09 AM

FullSizeRender (4).jpgWelcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, How the cloud is driving artificial intelligence development. While artificial intelligence has been around in various guises for decades, the cloud has put its capabilities within reach of just about any developer.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Amazon makes Alexa-like voice, AI technology available to cloud customers | Seattle Times

Amazon doesn't want to be left out of any emerging technology, least of all artificial intelligence, so it it enhanced its AI offerings for developers, giving them access to the same tools that run the Amazon Echo, voice-driven device.

Oracle CEO: We can beat Amazon and Microsoft without as many data centers | Fortune

Sometimes when you're way behind, a good way to get some attention is with some old-fashioned big talk. At event in Boston this week, Oracle chief executive Mark Hurd tried to convince reporters that Oracle can beat AWS, Microsoft, and Google  through better technology, rather than building more data centers, but scaling would seem to require actually scaling.

Robots in the cloud: How robotics-as-a-service can help your business | ZDNet

We've seen just about every type of software turned into a cloud service, so it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that we now have Robotics as a Service, a software layer that can handle the transfer of data between robots and a database. Putting the frightening science fiction imagery aside, it could have practical industrial application.

VMware joins Cisco, HPE and Verizon in shifting course on public cloud | DXC Blogs

Could there be life after abandoning attempts to build your own public cloud? All of these companies gave up on their own attempts to build a public cloud, but they all understand the cloud is the future and are trying to carve out various niches for their businesses to get a piece of that action.

OpenStack: Pleeeeease stop panicking, Intel and Rackspace still love us | The Register

When Intel announced it was walking away from its research deal with Rackspace recently, it did send up some red flags around the OpenStack world, but ending one side project between two members does not mean that the whole project is in trouble. In fact, the OpenStack community has its biannual meeting in Boston at the beginning of May.

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