Amazon Considering New Cloud Service to Combat Google

Executives at Amazon Web Services used to pride themselves on ignoring products offered by rivals like Microsoft and Google. Not anymore.

AWS is considering developing a new cloud service based on a Google-created software tool called Kubernetes, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. Used to run many applications at the same time, Kubernetes is increasingly popular with developers. It helps companies increase the number of applications and servers they manage without hiring a lot of extra staff. It also has become popular with artificial intelligence researchers who use the software to manage experiments spanning large numbers of machines.

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AWS has a track record of packaging open source software into successful cloud services, and it would likely follow a similar path with Kubernetes, said the person. This includes building application programming interfaces to make the software easy for developers to work with, and integrating the software with other AWS services, the person said. Examples include AWS’s Aurora MySQL, AWS Kinesis and ElastiCache services.

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“AWS is feeling threatened” by Kubernetes’ popularity “and they don’t own it.”