Cloud 5: Docker opens container core, AWS freebies for Alexa

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 17, 2017 9:28:56 AM

5 3-17-17.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, Google Cloud gets its 15 minutes. Google held its cloud conference last week, and it had chance to shine a spotlight on its cloud strategy.

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

AWS starts offering free cloud storage and computing for Alexa skills | GeekWire

In order to encourage developers to build more sophisticated Alexa skills for the Amazon Echo, AWS announced this week it was going to offer $100 per month in free cloud storage and compute for developers whose skills' data usage exceeds the free tier limits.

Oracle's Larry Ellison Belittles Amazon and Microsoft | Fortune

Larry Ellison was at it again this week bashing his rivals at the company's quarterly earnings call. For whatever reason, he thinks the best way to build up his company's cloud business is by putting down the competition.

Teams, Microsoft’s Slack rival, opens to all Office 365 users | TechCrunch

Microsoft released Teams, its communications and collaboration tool, created to compete with Slack. The Microsoft version is taking aim at Microsoft users, as you would expect. Toward that end, Teams is now included for free for all Office 365 users.

Intel's Mobileye purchase may be about thwarting Nvidia's car to cloud connection | ZDNet

Intel bought Mobileye last week for an eye-popping $15.3 billion. The purchase could be about getting ahead of the next wave of computing, which instead of having the cloud at the center, could be processing data on an edge device like a smart or self-driving car. Nvidia is already working on this, so you see where this is going.

Docker frees container core for Cloud Native Computing Foundation | InfoWorld

Docker released its container core to open source this week, choosing the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the same one that Google has used for some of its most important open source tools. It's probably not a coincidence.MSP Health Check

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