Amazon Web Services Extends Deal With Zoom

(RTTNews) – Amazon’s cloud platform Amazon Web Services or AWS announced an extension to its agreement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. to be its preferred cloud provider.

The multi-year agreement is expected to enable Zoom to rise to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoom will continue to leverage AWS’s global infrastructure and portfolio of services, including capabilities in compute, storage, content distribution, and security.

With AWS’s portfolio of services, Zoom could grow its core video meeting platform and innovate new customer experiences for its corporate and individual customers, Amazon said in a statement.

The companies are also collaborating to develop new solutions for Zoom’s enterprise users.

Zoom, which was in partnership with AWS since 2011, expanded its relationship earlier this year to keep up with surging demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. According to the company, hundreds of millions of new Zoom participants began to use the platform

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Save big on computer desks with these Amazon discounts

Let’s face it: You may still be working from home well into 2021. But you can still improve your at-home workstation for the new year with the help of a new desk. Today on Amazon, you can get one on sale with discounts on Halter desks, with pricing ranging from 20 to 40 percent off. You can choose from a variety of desk styles and types, so no matter what your dream setup looks like, you can find a desk to suit your needs. 

On the lowest end price-wise, you can grab a 39-inch folding writing desk for $55.19, down from a $69 list price. Promising easy assembly and a compact, minimalist design, you can set it up in even small home office spaces. If you’re looking for something a bit more feature-rich, you can grab an adjustable sit-or-stand desk converter for $120, down from a list price of $200.

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Amazon Pushing to Develop an In-House Quantum Computer

As a company built and maintained on a deep foundation of technology, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) is always looking to hone its competitive edge. Its latest attempt in this regard is, apparently, the development of proprietary quantum computing.



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Report: Amazon Pushing to Develop an In-House Quantum Computer

According to a report from Bloomberg published on Tuesday, internal job postings the media company had gained access to and information on LinkedIn strongly suggest that Amazon aims to build a quantum computer. The company is seeking to hire experts for a quantum hardware team, which will be housed inside its Amazon Web Services Center, said the report.



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Additionally, the LinkedIn page of a current company employee named Marc Runyan describes him as “Quantum Research Scientist at the Amazon Center for Quantum Computing.”

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BlackBerry Teams Up With Amazon Web Services to Manage Vehicle Sensor Data

Shares of security software specialist BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) soared on Tuesday, following the company’s announcement of a collaboration with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). The former smartphone giant has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop a platform that helps automakers collect and analyze data from vehicle sensors.

What is BlackBerry IVY?

The BlackBerry IVY system is a scalable software platform with deep roots on AWS cloud computing services. This vehicle data platform provides consistent and secure methods for gathering vehicle sensor information, packaging it into a normalized format, and preparing the data blobs for real-time analysis running on the car’s own processors as well as deeper dives through AWS-based cloud computing services.

BlackBerry’s role in this partnership consists of using machine learning tools to collect and normalize data from thousands of parts made by dozens of different manufacturers. In many cases, there are no industry standards available, and BlackBerry IVY

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Amazon Is Laying the Groundwork for Its Own Quantum Computer

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is laying the groundwork for a quantum computer, deepening efforts to harness technology that can crunch in seconds vast amounts of data that take even the most powerful supercomputers hours or days to process.



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Amazon has been hiring for a Quantum Hardware Team within its Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing, according to internal job postings and information on LinkedIn. Marc Runyan, a former engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, lists his title on the professional social network as senior quantum research scientist at Amazon and describes his role as “helping to design and build

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Amazon debuts Trainium, a custom chip for machine learning training in the cloud

Amazon today debuted AWS Trainium, a chip custom-designed to deliver what the company describes as cost-effective machine learning model training in the cloud. It comes ahead of the availability of new Habana Gaudi-based Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances built specifically for machine learning training, powered by Intel’s new Habana Gaudi processors.

“We know that we want to keep pushing the price performance on machine learning training, so we’re going to have to invest in our own chips,” AWS CEO Andy Jassy said during a keynote address at Amazon’s re:Invent conference this morning. “You have an unmatched array of instances in AWS, coupled with innovation in chips.”

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Amazon claims that Trainium will offer the most teraflops of any machine learning instance in the cloud, where a teraflop translates to a chip being able to process one trillion calculations a second. (Amazon is quoting 30% higher throughput and 45% lower cost-per-inference

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Walmart beat Amazon on Black Friday by one important metric

Volumes of future marketing analysis will surely be written about this year’s unprecedented holiday shopping season, but for now we’ll have to make do with industry reports that reveal people’s pandemic-era spending habits in dribs and drabs.

The latest drib (or drab?) comes from analytics firm Sensor Tower, whose new dispatch shows a record surge in new downloads of shopping-related mobile apps. Black Friday alone saw more than 2.8 million first-time installs of shopping apps, the largest ever in a single day, according to Sensor Tower’s preliminary estimates. Year-over-year growth, the report says, was about the same as last year at 8%, but it was more substantial when you look at the entire month of November—with 59.2 million shopping app installs compared to 51.7 million for the same period last year.

However, things get even more interesting when you look at the top 10 apps. Amazon may be the largest

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Amazon Web Services adds macOS on bare metal to EC2

Amazon Web Services adds macOS on bare metal to EC2

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David Brown, Amazon’s Vice President of EC2, runs through a skit with Filmic CEO Kevin Buonagurio sketching the company’s evolution from running Mac Minis on wire shelves in a closet to macOS instances in Amazon EC2.

Amazon Web Services and Apple have partnered to bring modern cloud-provisioning capabilities to the macOS platform, with Tuesday morning’s launch of the new mac1.metal ECS instance type. In something of a departure from Amazon’s usual cloud fare, the new instance types aren’t virtual machines at all—they’re Mac Mini systems, bolted in pairs to 1U rack-mount sleds.

No, these aren’t Apple Silicon systems—the Minis in question are the Intel-based model, each with a Core i7-8700B 6c/12t CPU, 32GiB RAM, and 10Gbps network interface. The mac1.metal instances don’t offer local storage, instead relying on Elastic Block Storage (EBS) accessed at 8Gbps via high-speed Thunderbolt 3. Customer provisioning, billing, and out-of-band management are handled via

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Amazon Web Services has created a new ‘inside sales’ team

  • Amazon Web Services has created a new sales team responsible for deepening its relationship with customers — more specifically, helping sell more cloud services.
  • Inside sales representative share sales quotas with account managers and are an addition to customer account teams, meant to expand AWS’s reach, according to one company insider.
  • The new team is run by former Comcast VP Mike Eastman, director of Americas inside sales, who joined the company in September in Matt Garman’s sales and marketing organization, according to an org chart viewed by Business Insider.
  • Microsoft has long held up its deep relationships with its customers as an advantage in the cloud wars, where it’s considered a strong second-place player to Amazon Web Services.
  • Are you a Amazon Web Services employee? Contact reporter Ashley Stewart via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]).
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services partner on IVY tech for your car

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It’s tough to get around the fact that Big Data has its claws in just about everything, up to and including your personal vehicle. That’s about to become even truer thanks to the Tuesday announcement of a partnership between Amazon Web Services and BlackBerry.

The partnership involves BlackBerry’s in-car data integration and monitoring platform, IVY. What does this mean for you, the consumer? On a surface level, nothing. But for automakers, it’s a different story. IVY will let them collect sensor data and offer up insights based on that data.

Those insights could be used to improve safety tech in cars, speed up self-driving car development or possibly even warn drivers about hazards on their route. IVY will also allow vehicle developers to more

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