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SUSE, which probably is best known for its Linux distribution, has long been a quiet but persistent player in the OpenStack ecosystem. Over the last few months, though, the German company has also emerged as one of the stronger competitors in this world, especially now that we are seeing a good bit of consolidation around OpenStack. Today, SUSE announced that it is acquiring OpenStack and Cloud Foundry (the Platform-as-a-Service to OpenStack’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service) assets and talent from the troubled HPE. This follows HPE’s decision to sell off (or “spin-merge” in HPE’s own language) its software business (including Autonomy, which HP bought for $11 billion, followed by a $9 billion write-off) to Micro Focus. And to bring this full circle: Micro Focus also owns SUSE, and SUSE is now picking up HPE’s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets.
At the AWS re:Invent event, Amazon has announced a host of new services that highlight its commitment to enterprises. Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, emphasized on the innovation in the areas of artificial intelligence, analytics and hybrid cloud. Amazon has been using deep learning and artificial intelligence in its retail business for enhancing the customer experience. The company claims that it has thousands of engineers working on artificial intelligence to improve search and discovery, fulfillment and logistics, product recommendations, and inventory management. Amazon is now bringing the same expertise to the cloud to expose the APIs that developers can consume to build intelligent applications. Dubbed as Amazon AI, the new service offers powerful AI capabilities such as image analysis, text to speech conversion, and natural language processing.
While sales growth slows or even reverses at traditional hardware and software giants, sales of Amazon’s subscription-based, on-demand services ballooned 55% in the third quarter to $3.2 billion. The quarter’s rise was fueled not only by startups but also by big companies including Unilever PLC, Merck & Co., Coca-Cola Co. and Capital One Financial Corp., according to Amazon. And the list is growing. Amazon is expected to announce on Monday that shipping company Matson Inc. has closed its four data centers and moved core computing operations to AWS. The Honolulu-based company expects the shift to slice its information-technology operating costs in half, freeing up money to invest in innovations that might spur its business, said Peter Weis, Matson’s chief information officer.
Amazon Web Services used to be the public cloud of choice for scrappy cash-strapped startups. Small companies liked that they could buy (or rent) computer servers, networking, and storage as needed, typically with a credit card. Tiny companies are unlikely to spend much on VMware data center software or Workday human resource and financial applications. And yet at this week’s AWS Re:Invent tech conference in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri will share the stage with AWS CEO Andy Jassy.
Just over a month after announcing its key strategic partnership with VMware, Amazon Web Services on Tuesday announced that the two companies will be rolling out an integrated partner program in 2017. The announcement came during the keynote address of the Global Partner Summit at the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, where several other enhancements to the partner program were announced. Terry Wise, director of the Amazon Web Services worldwide partner ecosystem, announced AWS is launching a new public sector public program. Calling it an extension of AWS' work in the public sector, Wise said there will be more go-to-market funding and that it is extending the program to partners in the nonprofit and educational institutions as well.