Cloud Swarm: Google Open Sources "Sandbox" API, Amazon's "Pro-Rata" Program Leaked + more

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NEW YORK - March 19, 2019 - Amzeal -- Here's our top story: Google has open sourced its Sandboxed API tool. "Sandboxing" refers to running an app or source code inside a "sandbox", or in other words, separating a process inside a tightly controlled area of the operating system that gives that process access to limited disk and memory resources. Sandboxing prevents bugs. "Many popular software containment tools might not sufficiently isolate the rest of the OS, and those which do, might require time-consuming redefinition of security boundaries for each and every project that should be sandboxed," says Google's Sandboxing team.

Meanwhile, Amazon is experimenting with a new way to link up startups and private investors in an effort to strengthen its relationship with the startup ecosystem, reports CNBC. The program, believed to be called "Pro-Rata", is intended to bring together companies that use AWS with investors and venture funds that hold portfolios full of potential cloud customers. It is reportedly headed by Brad Holden, a former partner at Tomorrow Ventures, and Jason Hunt, both members the AWS business development team with whom they focus on angel and seed relationships.

In other news, Gravitational has updated its open source packaging tool for deploying Kubernetes clusters, reports Container Journal. Now you can enable packaging multiple Kubernetes applications into a single image file that can be replicated across multiple clusters. In addition, version 5.5 of the Gravity packaging tool for Kubernetes has been integrated with Helm, the open source packaging tool being developed under the auspices of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). That capability will make it simpler for DevOps teams employ Gravity as an extension to a Helm project that is starting to be widely adopted by IT teams that have adopted Kubernetes, says Gravitational CEO Ev Kontsevoy.

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In another interesting blurb, Avaya and Google Cloud are continuing to develop artificial intelligence with regards to virtual agents and conversational modeling. Their unique collaboration offers a differentiated contact center solution with a simpler, but more efficient and architecturally superior approach via native gRPC integration for voice. "Partnering with Avaya helps us deliver on our goal to make the contact center experience easier and more efficient," said Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management at Google Cloud. "We're excited to work with Avaya so enterprises can keep customers happy with faster call resolution, and we look forward to building on this partnership as technology and customer's expectations evolve."

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In other news, AWS is introducing EC2 instances with Tesla T4 GPUs that will be available to users in the coming weeks in G4 instances. T4 will also be available through the Amazon Elastic Container service for Kubernetes. "It will be featuring Nvidia T4 processors and really designed for machine learning and to help our customers shrink the time that it takes to do inference at the edge where that response time really matters, but also reduce the cost," said AWS VP of compute Matt Garman.

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And lastly, Microsoft has launched new data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. With the new data centers, Azure resellers in South Africa are now able to provide enterprise-grade reliability and performance using local data residency. MSFT said the data centers take the benefits of the cloud a step further, bolstering the technology ecosystem that supports local innovation and business, and offering enterprise-grade reliability and performance with local data residency.

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