I vowed I wouldn’t write about AI in this space again today, but I feel compelled to point out there was a lot of cool AI news and research on Wednesday. Be sure to check it out below. Also, this (only somewhat unrelated) take on the unique challenges of innovating in consumer hardware is worth reading.
Growing its piece of the cloud pie will require Google to not just add capacity and expand globally, but also to add the right
capacity. While Google has optimized its overall infrastructure to run its core search-plus business as efficiently as possible, serving cloud customers’ wide-ranging workloads probably requires some different gear. On Wednesday, for example, Google announced the availability of SQL Server instances on Compute Engine
—not novel workloads by any stretch, but maybe relatively novel to Google.
If Google wants to compete with AWS in the cloud, it’s going to need the infrastructure to handle all those enterprise workloads it wants to run.