AWS: Amazon's launches own cloud computing chips

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We are giving customers tools that remove the cost and complexity of building applications at the edge with rich data sources to drive better business decision-making, said Dirk Didascalou, VP of IoT, AWS. The new processor will power the Amazon Web Services cloud computing services EC2. Guardian has been a trusted insurance company for more than 150 years, withstanding the test of time and embracing new technological advances to provide services that deliver financial confidence to customers.

"We are using the most comprehensive set of cloud services to evolve our customer service models, and help us meet the rigorous requirements of stakeholders and regulators who need transparency into and proof of robust security architectures that protect both our customers and proprietary data".

"This offering that they're doing is just an extension" of Amazon's cloud service, Spire CEO Peter Platzer told CNBC.

AWS RoboMaker extends Robot Operating System (ROS), which is the most widely used open source robotics software framework, with connectivity to AWS services including machine learning, monitoring, and analytics services to enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn.

For space agencies and companies, AWS Ground Station will be "a game changer in how people can interact with satellites", Jassy said. "That also means if you want to take that data and use it, you need infrastructure to store, process and do analytics, which is all hard and expensive".

Amazon's space-age service will take advantage of a strategic collaboration with Lockheed Martin to talk to the thousands of satellites in Low Earth Orbit.

Digital Globe Founder Dr Walter Scott, also CTO of Maxar Technologies, said, "Using AWS helps crunch data at speed and helps governments and companies use lossless data to study incidents and expand operations".

Executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Rick Ambrose said that his company would develop a network of low-priced ground-based antennas that could help deliver the new service. Their satellite receivers will connect directly to AWS Ground Stations, managing data downloads in real time and meeting unexpected demand.

Furthermore, customers would need antennas in multiple countries to download data as ground stations need to wait for a satellite to pass over the desired location before being able to downlink.

Last month, AWS announced plans to bring its data centres to South Africa, opening an infrastructure region in SA in the first half of 2020.

One of the use cases highlighted for the new satellite service was for when natural disasters strike. They can get access to a ground station on short notice to handle a special event such as severe weather, a natural disaster, or a sporting event.