Microsoft And Google Race To Build The World’s Smartest Cloud – Forbes

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There’s no shortage of reasons for moving your business to cloud storage, provided that you haven’t already done so. Cloud-based platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure offer a multitude of advantages to the more traditional methods of data storage, including added security, increased flexibility, better accessibility and reduced expenditure. What’s more, these cloud-based storage platforms allow companies to tap into the huge processing power that is made available via their data centres, greatly superior to your average workstation computer. Alphabet’s Google, a leading provider of cloud-based services for businesses across the world, is working on providing an additional edge to users who subscribe to its platform.

At I/O 2017, the annual developers’ conference held by Team Google in Mountain View, California, the company unveiled the new invention that will herald the next stage in the evolution of cloud-based services. Google’s next generation of tensor processing units, powerful data processors created specifically for the training and development of machine learning technologies, will soon be made available to organizations and individuals across the world via Google Cloud. How powerful is a tensor processing unit, you ask? Each TPU is capable of no less than 180 teraflops of processing power, with each TPU pod containing a total of 64 TPUs. Together, they can deliver as much as 11.5 petaflops of processing power. With performance such as this, Google’s new Cloud TPU is easily a dozen times more powerful than some of the best chips available in the market, designed specifically for the kind of machine learning tasks that require this amount of power.

“A relatively new technology that has made itself familiar only in the last few years, the cloud is already a massive platform for boundless opportunity and experimentation. With the power of artificial intelligence to back it up, the cloud can easily rise to be the most powerful computing platform of the time. That is certainly good news for cloud-based application providers such as ourselves.” – Jeff Klem, CEO of HR Software

Google, however, is not the only tech tycoon interested in the development of artificial intelligence in the cloud. As of this moment, Microsoft offers over twenty different intelligent services, such as image recognition and language comprehension, to every subscriber of Microsoft Azure. Now, it is taking that a step further. Project Brainwave is working on the development of a new series of field-programmable gate array chipsets to power real-time artificial intelligence in its many data centres, a platform which has been predicted to be even more powerful and versatile than Google’s artificial intelligence services.

For designers and developers across the world, artificial intelligence is already ushering in the next big revolution is software development, application creation and web designing. The three most famous voice assistants set aside, app stores across platforms are filled with new and rising applications that make use of artificial intelligence technology to take a selfie, arrange your data or provide useful information. To developers of cutting edge software, artificial intelligence, today, is a must-have. By making their machine learning solutions available via the cloud, companies like Google, Microsoft and even Amazon, are making sure that they don’t lag behind in the race to come up with the most versatile cloud services platform.

“A bigger race is raging within the technology sector around who can commoditize machine learning as a service. Prebuilt machine learning models are worth billions of dollars. This competition pits the largest technology companies on the planet.” – Terren Peterson, Technology Enthusiast at Free Code Camp

Gone are the days when clouds were used simply as a storage mechanism. Cloud services, today, are used to run businesses, manage operations, develop software and even play video games on the fly. With the demand for more cloud-based applications always on the rise, now is probably the best time to invest in the development of machine learning technologies that help supply artificial intelligence on the cloud. While Microsoft and Google race to become the next big name in artificial intelligence, and, Amazon prepares to hold fort as the leader in cloud services, only time will tell which one of them will come on top. Over to you.

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