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Amazon Introduces Rekognition for Image Analysis

by Kent Weare on  Jan 08, 2017 1

At the AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon launched Rekognition, a managed service for Image Recognition and Analysis, powered by Deep Learning. The capabilities that Rekognition provides include Object and Scene detection, Facial Analysis, Face Comparison and Facial Recognition. The service attempts to extract meaning from visual content for the 1.2 Trillion pictures captured annually.

Mathieu Ripert on Instacart's Machine Learning Optimizations

by Alexandre Rodrigues on  Jan 05, 2017

Instacart is an online delivery service for groceries under one hour. Customers order the items on the website or using the mobile app, and a group of Instacart’s shoppers go to local stores, purchase the items and deliver them to the customer. InfoQ interviewed Mathieu Ripert, data scientist at Instacart, to find out how machine learning is leveraged to guarantee a better customer experience.

HashiCorp Release Terraform 0.8, Including an Interactive Console, and Vault and Nomad Providers

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 04, 2017 1

HashiCorp has released v0.8 of Terraform, an open source tool that enables the building, combining and launching of programmable infrastructure providers such as Amazon Web Services, VMware vSphere, and UltraDNS. Major new functionality includes an interactive console, conditional values, and HashiCorp Vault and Nomad providers.

Testimonial on Using F# by Microsoft's Project Springfield Team

by Pierre-Luc Maheu on  Jan 02, 2017

Project Springfield is a fuzz testing service for finding security critical bugs in software. William Blum, principal software engineering manager on the Springfield team at Microsoft Research, explains how adopting F# helped the team build the cloud service.

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) Gains FIFO Queues

by Steffen Opel on  Dec 31, 2016

Amazon's Simple Queue Service (SQS) recently gained FIFO (first-in, first-out) queues, which are designed to "guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the order that they are sent, and without duplicates". AWS rolled out this new queue type in the US East (Ohio) and US West (Oregon) regions and "plans to make it available in many others in early 2017".

Microsoft Launches Cloud Bot-as-a-Service Platform

by Kent Weare on  Dec 28, 2016 1

This past November, Microsoft launched, what it is calling, the Industry’s First Cloud Bot-as-a-Service platform. The Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and has a serverless compute back-end built on Azure Functions. Using the Bot service allows developers to build conversational applications that plug into many popular chat applications.

Google Expands Reach to Enterprise with Machine Learning APIs

by Alex Giamas on  Dec 27, 2016

Enterprise cloud usage has been in the forefront of big players for the past few years. Amazon, IBM, Google and Microsoft are expanding their offerings to serve better the enterprise users and their needs. Google announced a set of machine learning based services focused on enterprise users.

GitLab 8.15 Introduces Auto Deploy and Web Terminal

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 27, 2016

The latest GitLab version, 8.15, provides new CD/CI features aimed to automate deployments on a variety of platforms and to make it easier to reach your staging or production deployments through a command line interface.

Building Conversational Apps Using Actions on Google and API.AI

by Kent Weare on  Dec 26, 2016

Google has introduced Actions on Google which allow developers to build Google Assistant-based conversational apps, including integration with the Google Home device.

AWS Expands Cloud to Canada, United Kingdom

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 19, 2016

Just days after the end of re:Invent, AWS shared news of further geographic expansion.  Amazon added locations in Montréal and London, representing the 15th and 16th regions of the AWS cloud.

Kubernetes 1.5 Released with Improved StatefulSets and Alpha Support for Windows Server 2016

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 18, 2016

The CNCF have released version 1.5 of the Kubernetes container orchestration system. Core improvements focus on beta functionality associated with deployment and scaling of stateful applications, and making it possible to perform cluster operations without disrupting applications. Alpha support has also been added for Windows Server 2016 nodes and the scheduling of Windows Server Containers.

Running Docker Containers Securely in Production

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Dec 17, 2016

Hardening Docker containers in production involves a combination of techniques including making them immutable, minimizing the attack surface and applying both standard Linux hardening procedures as well as ones that are specific to a container environment.

Azure Functions Reach General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 10, 2016 2

Microsoft recently announced an addition to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called Azure Functions. Initially launched as a preview service in March 2016, Azure Functions provide developers with an event-driven serverless compute platform that allow organizations to pay for only what they consume.

Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare on  Dec 09, 2016

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.

AWS re:Invent Recap

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 04, 2016

At their annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS unleashed a flurry of announcements about upcoming cloud services. Amazon outlined over two dozen new capabilities coming to the public cloud, including directly querying data in S3 object storage, building code as part of deployment pipelines, provisioning cheap virtual private servers, and moving data in bulk, ETL-style.

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