How IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon do machine learning in the cloud

For any cloud to be taken seriously, it has to meet an ever-rising bar of features. Machine learning seems to now be on that list, as all the major cloud providers now feature it.

But how they go about doing it is another story. Aside from the “curated API vs. open-ended algorithm marketplace” models, there are the “everything and then some vs. just enough” variants. Here’s how the four big cloud providers — IBM, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon — stack up next to each other in machine learning.

IBM: Turning the ship with, Watson at the helm

When IBM first announced it would be turning its Watson AI system into a consumable service, the questions piled up. What would it look like? How would it be consumed? But most importantly, how much support would it lend IBM’s effort to reinvent itself as a cloud giant?

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