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Cloud news: Amazon targets high-speed graphics; Rackspace boosts VM performance

Brandon Butler | Nov. 6, 2013
Rackspace has a new default higher-performing VM, while Amazon releases graphic processing unit-based virtual machines, which are ideal for streaming high-definition content.

The timing of the announcements is of note as well: Amazon Web Services is hosting its second annual re:Invent customer conference next week in Las Vegas. Perhaps Rackspace was attempting to get its news out before major announcements from Amazon next week.

Rackspace officials said the new high-performance VMs are a major upgrade to the company's platform that it has been working on for months.

AWS officials said they will release new features to its cloud as soon as they're available; this year alone there have already been more than 200 feature upgrades to its cloud, says Matt Wood, AWS's GM of Data Science. "The earlier we can get features into customers' hands, the sooner we get the feedback," he says. Will there be more announcements at re:Invent? "We'll just have to wait and see," he says.


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