AWS launches Amazon Kendra, an ML powered enterprise search service
AWS, announced the general availability of Amazon Kendra, a highly accurate and easy to use enterprise search service powered by machine learning. When users ask a question, Amazon Kendra uses finely tuned machine learning algorithms to understand the context and return the most relevant results, whether that be a precise answer or an entire document.
Amazon Kendra reinvents enterprise search by allowing end-users to search across multiple silos of data using real questions (not just keywords) and leverages machine learning models under the hood to understand the content of documents and the relationships between them to deliver the precise answers they seek (instead of a random list of links).
Currently, Amazon Kendra supports industry-specific language from IT, healthcare, and insurance, plus energy, industrial, financial services, legal, media and entertainment, travel and hospitality, human resources, news, telecommunications, mining, food and beverage, and automotive, with additional industry support coming in the second half of this year.
Microsoft partners with Redis Labs to improve its Azure Cache for Redis
For a few years now, Microsoft has offered Azure Cache for Redis, a fully managed caching solution built on top of the open-source Redis project. Today, it is expanding this service by adding Redis Enterprise, Redis Lab’s commercial offering, to its platform. It’s doing so in partnership with Redis Labs and while Microsoft will offer some basic support for the service, Redis Labs will handle most of the software support itself.
Last year, Redis Labs partnered with Google Cloud to bring its own fully managed service to its platform and so maybe it’s no surprise that we are now seeing Microsoft make a similar move.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft will support Redis Labs’ own Redis modules, including RediSearch, a Redis-powered search engine, as well as RedisBloom and RedisTimeSeries, which provide support for new datatypes in Redis.
Apple Goes on Cloud Computing Hiring Spree
The range of employees Apple has hired has created "a stir" in the "tight-knit cloud community," and is a sign that Apple is perhaps planning to build serious cloud infrastructure to compete with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Employees have expertise in containers and Kubernetes.
Apple already has a huge cloud-based platform that encompasses iCloud, the App Store, Apple TV+, Apple Music, and more, but it is not up to par with the cloud technology used by companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Netflix.
Lidl owner set to launch own rival to AWS
German-based Schwarz Gruppe recently acquired software firm Camao IDC, according to Lebensmittel Zeitun, and is now looking to build a rival to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The acquisition is alleged to have brought 70 cloud computing specialists into the Schwarz Gruppe, which is seen as a key part of the strategy. The company's head of strategy and business management, Stefan Herold is said to be heading up the new cloud division, which is thought to have been accelerated due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
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