Amazon bolsters its cloud with generative AI as it embraces frugality
Not for the first time, this week was all about the quickening battle for leadership in artificial intelligence, especially the generative variety.
That was abundantly clear at Amazon Web Services Inc.’s annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, which SiliconANGLE and its livestreaming video studio theCUBE, as well as our newly constituted market research arm theCUBE Research, covered closely in our most intense editorial coverage since we first attended it more than a decade ago. The AI imperative was also apparent across the pond at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s annual Discover conference in Barcelona, HPE outlined a hybrid cloud vision for enterprises.
For more this weekend, check out theCUBE Research Principal Analyst Dave Vellante’s latest, not-to-be-missed deep-dive Breaking Analysis, this one analyzing the upshot of re:Invent: AWS’ new simplicity mandate.
Here’s this week’s news and analysis:
Supercloud 5: The Battle for AI Supremacy
First catch up on our special report and get the full story list so far, with more to come in the coming days and weeks from our Supercloud 5 event. Among the many highlights, mostly from AWS re:Invent, is this sampling of our coverage:
It’s no longer OpenAI and everyone else. Suddenly the game is wide open: Breaking Analysis: The OpenAI meltdown: Winners and losers in the battle for AI supremacy and Who will win the battle for AI in the cloud? Maybe everyone
Amazon left no doubt it has no intention of being an also-ran in generative AI: Re:Invent exclusive: AWS CEO Adam Selipsky to reveal a new generative AI stack
The full exclusive Q&A with Adam Selipsky (pictured): Ahead of re:Invent, AWS chief Adam Selipsky lays out a broad AI strategy
We had the news first on a bold gambit by AWS: AWS debuts Amazon WorkSpaces Thin Client device for virtual desktop access
John Furrier reads between the lines on Selipsky’s plans for leading the battle for AI supremacy: Inside AWS re:Invent: Adam Selipsky’s keynote and the battle for AI supremacy
Dave Vellante’s and George Gilbert’s great analysis of essential re:Invent takeaways and AWS’ essential challenge in the generative AI era: AWS has its work cut out to turn software that has been developed with a primary objective of making infrastructure run better to developing software that is composable and ultimately drives user productivity: Breaking Analysis: re:Invent 2023 underscores a new simplicity mandate for AWS
AWS’ AI chip design expertise is still underestimated: AWS debuts next-generation Graviton4 and Trainium2 chips for cloud and AI workloads
Amazon Q looks very promising, but AWS has a lot of work to do to make it real across so many use cases: AWS previews Amazon Q: an AI-powered business assistant coming first to IT pros and developers and AWS re:Invent up close: A deep dive on Amazon Q And not to mention, Q apparently doesn’t escape the hallucination problems of other chatbots.
In his re:Invent keynote, AWS’ CEO tells the world how the company is building an entire generative AI stack, from chips to applications: Rethinking IT at re:Invent: AWS bets the stack on generative AI
Amazon AI aims to catch up in multimodal: AWS rolls out new Titan AI models for image and text generation
Intellyx’s Jason Bloomberg calls out some expo hall highlights: Not all generative AI: Highlights from AWS re:Invent
In his usual entertaining keynote, Vogels laid out a broader view of the AI opportunity — it’s not just gen AI — but mostly emphasized the need for a continuing focus on architectural and engineering frugality and how it’s also crucial for sustainable IT going forward: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels architects a more frugal future for the enterprise cloud
In other AI news
From HPE Discover: HPE, Nvidia partner on AI-optimized platforms and services
Sam Altman is now back officially as CEO, but we don’t know much more about why he was canned in the first place, and things still sound unsettled. OpenAI reinstates Altman as CEO with changes to the governing board
This will have to change: Making an image with generative AI uses as much energy as charging your phone
In the enterprise and the cloud
Still a slowdown in mainstream tech: Hardware sales trough sends Dell’s sales down for the fifth straight quarter
But others are doing just fine: Shares of UiPath spike 27% on strong earnings and revenue beat, upbeat forecast
Mark Albertson gets an exclusive interview with the founder who sued his former company alleging fraud: Cloudbrink’s co-founder takes his company to court over allegations of financial fraud
I suppose no surprise: Broadcom to let go 1,800+ VMware employees amid push for increased profitability
Hedge Fund Anson Builds Stake in Twilio, Pushes for Sale (from The Information)
Elsewhere around tech
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