Google ramps up channel focus with partner program revamp; specialisations

Now, it's adding data science provider Kaggle, which runs contests related to machine learning and provides services for data discovery and analysis, to the fold.

While Google Cloud services have already been available in Canada, having a local region means organizations that deal with sensitive data or are heavily regulated - such as financial institutions or the health care sector - are more comfortable and able to use online storage.

At its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today, Google announced the launch of a new discounting system for its Google Cloud Platform public cloud offering.

Kaggle, the data science platform set up by former government economist Anthony Goldbloom in his Sydney bedroom, has been acquired by Google. Google claims its Video Intelligence API is the first of its kind; there are demonstrations of it in action here.

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The partnership was disclosed at Google Cloud Next 17, which is now taking place in San Francisco.

What's more, Google will be able to get its name circulating within the data scientists community.

"Kaggle is going to maintain independent brand for a while. what Kaggle has contributed to the community is democratisation of data, developer community. partnership with Kaggle is going to be very positive for us", said Chief Scientist Google Cloud (artificial intelligence and machine learning) Fei Fei Li here.

"It's Google's time to bring what we have to the enterprise", Diane Greene, senior vice president and head of Google Cloud, said at Cloud Next.

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VentureBeat noted that Google's biggest cloud competitors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, do not now offer this type of API, though similar technologies exist for both image and speech recognition.

Sweet, sweet data.REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins " I'll bet the rest of my professional career that the future of your business is big data and machine learning [a form of AI] applied to the business opportunities, customer challenges, and things before you".

"I was a frustrated statistician speaking to all these companies and I wanted access to their data and their problems", he said in the earlier interview.

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