AWS re:Invent 2018 Conference: Major Keynote Addresses and Product Announcements

AWS re:Invent 2018 Conference: Major Keynote Addresses and Product Announcements

AWS CEO Andy Jassy & CTO Werner Vogels Headline Premiere Cloud Industry Event

Last month AWS held the 7th annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas with 50,000 attendees &100,000+ more tuning in on live stream. The conference featured over 2,100 break-out sessions, seminars, & presentations. Twelve & a half years after the launch of AWS, the company has millions of active hosting customers in startup companies, enterprise corporations, retail, small business, & the public sector. Major startups who build on AWS are AirBNB, Pinterest, & Stripe. In financial services, AWS powers Goldman Sachs, Capital One, & Barclays in cloud data center operations. AWS is the preferred service provider for Fortune 500 companies like J&J, GE, Shell, BP, Halliburton, Netflix, Disney, Fox & Expedia. AWS dominates every vertical in enterprise with a $27 billion revenue run rate and 46% YoY growth. AWS currently holds a 52% total share of the cloud market worldwide with main competitors Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, & Ali Baba. AWS also inspires a broad ecosystem which includes companies like Infosys, Acquia, Adobe, Accenture, WorkDay, VMware, & Rackspace. Customers want access to widest range of tools for software development when building web/mobile applications, where AWS has the most options for programmers. Industry competitors are currently chasing & imitating AWS cloud hosting services w/out being able to offer the same platform capabilities.

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FutureStack 2018: New Relic Cloud-Native Monitoring Tools for Kubernetes, Docker, & Microservices

FutureStack 2018: New Relic Cloud-Native Monitoring Tools for Kubernetes, Docker, & Microservices

Monitoring, Visibility, & Metrics for DevOps - Improved Production Efficiency for Web/Mobile Apps

New Relic is a cloud software analytics company founded in 2008 by Lew Cirne. New Relic raised $214 million in venture capital funding before going public with an IPO in 2014. Now listed on the New York Stock Exchange ($NEWR), the company has a valuation of $5.4 billion USD. The New Relic network monitoring tools for data centers and web/mobile software applications in production have been widely adopted as enterprise solutions. Each year the company holds a FutureStack conference for programmers, developers, & ecosystem companies to present seminars on various technical issues or announce new product releases. At the FutureStack 2018 convention in SF, Cirne noted that 50% of global GDP will be digitized by 2021, representing a total of $52 trillion USD which "drives world's brightest minds to focus on the problem." The question for enterprise corporations is how to move faster and accelerate the future. The solution New Relic is promoting is based in the use of Microservices, Kubernetes, & Docker containers. New Relic has 50 Agile teams with over 400+ programmers working on building new software for monitoring, visibility, & metrics, as well as enabling devops teams to automate repetitive tasks. The key to this is New Relic's "Four Pillars of an Observability Platform," where cloud metrics, network routing, & data analytics software must all be "Application Centric, Cloud Native, Intelligent, & Programmable." Cirne announced new tools for programmers and systems administrators at FutureStack 2018, including distributed tracing, the Elixir agent for APM, Kubernetes monitoring, & GraphQL API support. The FutureStack 2018 keynote address also included featured showcase presentations from major New Relic partners IBM & USA Today using the software at scale with thousands of active elastic cluster node servers.

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VMworld 2018: VMware AWS Cloud, RDS, & Project Dimension

VMworld 2018: VMware AWS Cloud, RDS, & Project Dimension

Partnership with Amazon for Hybrid Cloud & SDDC Outsourcing on VMware Tools

The main announcements from VMware at their VMworld 2018 conference in Las Vegas were made by CEO Pat Gelsinger this year, who unveiled a more advanced partnership with AWS for complete data center outsourcing & hybrid cloud management. VMware has made significant upgrades to their platform to simplify IT management for enterprise data centers across a combination of on-premises & public cloud hardware resources. VMware-Cloud-on-AWS will become available globally in 2018 with an additional relational database service (RDS) integration.

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GoDaddy to Shift Web Hosting Data Centers to AWS Cloud

GoDaddy to Shift Web Hosting Data Centers to AWS Cloud

Cloud Transition: Majority of GoDaddy Web Hosting Services to Run on AWS with Kubernetes

GoDaddy made a joint announcement with AWS in a press release this week stating that the company, known as the world's largest domain name registrar and most recognized brand in the web hosting industry, would be conducting a multi-year transition from independent private cloud data center management to investing in public cloud hardware and software services from Amazon.com for business operations.

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Cognitive Computing: AWS, Google, & IBM Introduce New AI/ML/DL Servers

Cognitive Computing: AWS, Google, & IBM Introduce New AI/ML/DL Servers

Cloud HPC w/ NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs + AWS P3, Google TPU2, & IBM Power9 Processors

Cognitive Computing includes elements from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning (DL), and Machine Learning (ML), primarily through a combination of training neural networks from data sets and processing information through established algorithms. Decades of research in computer science internationally has led to major advances in using this technology in practical ways, for example: robotics, data mining, speech recognition, autonomous or self-driving vehicle navigation, pharmaceutical discovery, image/video processing, risk management, complex system modeling, meme generation, customer behavior pattern discernment, product recommendations in ecommerce, etc. Neural Networks date back as far as 1944 to the work of Warren McCullough & Walter Pitts (University of Chicago/MIT), forming key aspects of the Cybernetics (1940-60s), Connectionism (1980-90s), and Deep Learning (2006-present) movements. Recent developments in cloud computing and hardware design have led to IT majors and Fortune 500 corporations implementing an "AI-First" strategy, where companies like eBay, Uber, SAP, Dropbox, AirBNB, Snapchat, Twitter, Qualcomm, ARM, and many others have already invested heavily in launching live production applications. In 2017, NVIDIA, Google, AWS, IBM, Facebook, AMD, and Microsoft all made major announcements about new AI/ML/DL platform technology, including for the first time making this advanced hardware available to businesses, researchers, and developers on the cloud computing model to integrate with existing web hosting and data center tools. These platforms also scale to perform as supercomputers in High Performance Computing (HPC) applications, processing "big data" in real-time and solving complex math, science, and research problems through the power of new GPU/TPU chip designs optimized for ML requirements.

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