This week, one of cloud giant Amazon made a great change to its $12 billion cloud service juggernaut. In 2016, the company sparked a revolution in cloud computing field that not only programmers but also developers can buy Amazon cloud with hourly billing term. Now, this giant announced a subtle but very important change to the way of this game playing – Amazon EC2, the core of its cloud computing services, is going to start to charge users by the second instead of the hour. New billing way reflects the more modern ways that developers create apps today.
After long fighting for Toshiba’s chip unit acquisition, the final result eventually came this week. It is not Western Digital or Foxconn to be the final winner, but a group led by Bain Capital LP, a U.S. private equity firm. According to Toshiba’s spokesman, this deal would boost the company’s finances by $18 billion, and the more important is that the success of Toshiba’s chip unit sales is a key step to pull the company out of the negative shareholder equity.
Google made a big step in cloud computing as well. It announced that its Cloud platform now adds two additional high-power Nividia GPU to greatly boost processing performance. The two Nvidia GPUs are Nvidia Tesla K80 and Tesla P100 GPU, and the former is added with a beta, and the latter is added to Google Compute Engine. Even better, Google is providing sustained use discounts for P100 and K80 GPUs both. As Google introduced, compared with K80 GPUs, the P100 GPUs are able to speed up workloads by 10 times at most.
Just yesterday Microsoft announced that it has started to add Availability Zones to Azure cloud platform, which provide users with an extra tool to ensure their apps state operational. From yesterday, Availability Zones are in preview in 2 cloud districts that are West Europe in the Netherlands and East US 2 in Virginia. The release of Availability Zones is part of the company’s whole redundancy strategy with its Azure.
Chinese search engine firm Baidu now is pushing forward its self-driving program, and yesterday announced a new $1.5 billion autonomous driving fund, named Apollo Fund, as well as released the latest Apollo, Baidu’s open-source autonomous driving platform. In details, the company said that it is planning to invest this fund in one hundred autonomous driving projects in the near future three years.