Ama­zon adopts open cloud tech­nol­ogy as com­pe­ti­tion heats up

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Ama­zon.com Inc an­nounced its adop­tion of Ku­ber­netes, a pop­u­lar open-source tech­nol­ogy, in a sign of in­creased com­pe­ti­tion in the cloud com­put­ing business, which Ama­zon Web Ser­vices has long dom­i­nated.

Ku­ber­netes has emerged as a stan­dard among com­pa­nies as they build more ap­pli­ca­tions on pub­lic clouds, the big com­puter data cen­ters that are dis­plac­ing tra­di­tional cus­tomer-owned com­puter sys­tems.

Ear­lier this year com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Mi­crosoft Corp , Or­a­cle Corp and IBM Corp an­nounced their sup­port for Ku­ber­netes, which was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped by a team at Google. AWS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Andy Jassy made the Ku­ber­netes an­nounce­ment at Re:In­vent, AWS’s an­nual conference in Las Ve­gas which this year at­tracted more than 40,000 at­ten­dees.

Ama­zon also an­nounced a mar­ket­ing deal with the U.S. Na­tional Football League and a flurry of other AWS fea­tures, in­clud­ing ma­chine learn­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence al­go­rithms. One of Ku­ber­netes key ad­van­tages is its abil­ity to run an ap­pli­ca­tion on any pub­lic cloud, in­clud­ing Mi­crosoft´s Azure and Al­pha­bet Inc’s Google Cloud Plat­form, mak­ing it eas­ier to mi­grate from one cloud ven­dor to an­other.

Ama­zon had pre­vi­ously of­fered a ser­vice of its own that was sim­i­lar to Ku­ber­netes, but the Google tech­nol­ogy has es­tab­lished it­self as the stan­dard for such so-called “con­tainer” tech­nolo­gies and AWS ul­ti­mately had lit­tle choice but to sup­port it, an­a­lysts said. “This is an ex­am­ple of AWS look­ing out­side of their own world in re­sponse to cus­tomer need,” said Joe Beda, one of the cre­ators of Ku­ber­netes and the chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of Hep­tio, a Seattle startup that builds soft­ware around Ku­ber­netes tech­nol­ogy.

GROUNDAWS pi­o­neered the cloud com­put­ing business in 2006 with a ser­vice touted as a quick and easy way for smaller business to get af­ford­able, high-powered com­put­ing ser­vices. It soon be­gan to catch on among larger com­pa­nies and con­tinue to grow very rapidly, hit­ting $4.6 billion in rev­enue on 42 per­cent year-over-year growth in the most re­cent quar­ter.

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