Cloud 5: AWS's latest earnings, how the cloud enables AI

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 3, 2017 8:56:35 AM

FullSizeRender (31).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. 

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

AWS posts $3.53 billion in revenue in Q4 2016, up 47% from last year | VentureBeat

The headline says it all. While the growth percentage has slowed a bit, AWS continues to post big numbers, and the $3.53 billion revenue number translates into a $14.2 billion run rate for AWS.

ARM server chips challenge X86 in the cloud | The Next Platform

When it comes down to it, the cloud still runs on hardware and somebody needs to make the chips to run the underlying servers. Up until now, Intel has dominated that chip market, but ARM is making a new generation of chips that could challenge them.

Accenture CTO Paul Daugherty on how the cloud enables the AI revolution | ZDNet

We've been hearing an awful lot about artificial intelligence over the last year, and as AI enters the mainstream and begins to power more software, it shouldn't come as a surprise that technology that is as compute-intensive as AI will be powered by the cloud.

Senior Google cloud exec departs after reorg | The Information

When Diane Greene came on board to run Google at the end of 2015, she completely reorganized the cloud business under a single division. This week, the company's longest tenured cloud executive, Carl Schachter decided to step down. It's unclear where he's headed just yet, but it does remove an experienced executive from the Google Cloud team.

Dropbox claims $1B revenue run rate | TechCrunch

Dropbox held an event this week, and while it announced some key new features designed to compete with its rivals, the more surprising news was its claim that it's on a billion dollar run rate. If rumors of an IPO prove true later this year, we will get to see the distribution of this revenue when it files its IPO paper work.

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