Cloud Patches: AWS Machine Learning, Azure DocumentDB

The latest updates and additions for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

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  • AWS is introducing its own Machine Learning capability for analytics applications. The AWS blog has a thorough overview of how to get started with it — but note that it only runs in the US Virginia East region right now. Azure already has a machine learning capability, but the same problem exists: it only operates in one region, and that region is not Australia.
  • Similarly, because the world would not be complete without a confusing array of file systems, AWS has announced its plans for Elastic File System, an optimised storage platform for high-volume AWS-based applications. It's not open for preview just yet, though, so you can save your precious brain cells for other storage-related tasks.
  • Azure DocumentDB has been in testing for close to a year, but has finally hit general availability.
  • Google's Cloud Platform developer console is being updated, with a more compact interface and easier list-editing options. The new interface is being trialled as a prototype and Google is actively soliciting feedback.
  • Amazon's WorkSpaces desktop virtualisation platform has added WorkSpaces Application Manager, which creates a centralised user-accessible list of approved and licensed applications. There's a free basic version and a pay-for release with finer administrative controls. Have fun building those catalogues, people.
  • The preview version of Amazon's EC2 Container Service has been around since November; now the service has moved to general availability — though not, we must note, in Amazon's Sydney region.
  • Also announced in November and now hitting general availability: the AWS Lambda tool for developers.
  • Amazon has added three new training courses to its training roster, offering options for DevOps engineers, advanced system architecture design and general business IT managers.
  • Google Compute Engine can now add the Chef configuration and deployment tools with a single click. You can think up your own cooking-related gag to go here.

Cloud Patches rounds up new features and services added to major cloud computing platforms each week..


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