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Introduction: The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened in Las Vegas from January 8th to 11th, US time. As a global technology wind vane, CES will lead the trend of the new technology industry in the new year.

From January 8th to 11th, US time, the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened in Las Vegas. As a global technology wind vane, CES will lead the trend of the new technology industry in the new year.

2019CES, from virtual home to AR/VR and other virtual reality technologies, wearable/health devices, and self-driving cars are receiving attention... In addition to these popular products, from Baidu, Huawei, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, International technology giants such as Panasonic have also changed their focus. The combination of cutting-edge technologies such as AI, big data, IoT, blockchain, and edge computing with cloud computing has become the new focus of this year's CES.

Unlike the past, this cloud computing boom and revolution is no longer dominated by international giants. Baidu and other Chinese technology companies have begun to lead the new track. The eyes of the world have also changed. More and more people are investing in China, focusing on the Chinese AI team like Baidu.

The annual CES is also the highlight moment for technology companies to highlight "transcripts" on the international stage. Looking back at China's cloud computing In the past year, cloud computing has entered the deep waters to fight the battle, and almost all players are spared no effort to "grab the ground."

This year, the global cloud computing market is expected to reach US$139.2 billion, up 25.41% year-on-year. Gartner gave the forecast of “Quasi-trillion market” in a timely manner;

One year, the Matthew effect in the cloud computing market began to occur. The top 15 cloud computing vendors in the world are still growing, but the market share after 15 is down by 5%.

This year, cloud computing The industrial structure has not changed much. IaaS is still the largest market segment. PaaS and SaaS are increasingly favored by the capital market.

This year, the price war of cloud services is further fermented, but the giants have been difficult to suppress. Passion for "differentiation"...

His "hard bones"

about the layout of cloud computing, Baidu, Ali, Tencent, ChinaFor a large number of entrepreneurs, the early style of play is not much different: on the one hand, the scale of the data center is continuously expanded, and the “infrastructure” is steadily stabilized; on the other hand, market education is actively carried out to attract as many cloud services as possible. Partner.

However, throughout 2018, AI has become the "biggest common divisor" of cloud giants.

1, Baidu intelligent cloud strategy. At the 2018ABC SUMMIT Baiyun Yunzhi Summit in September 2018, Baidu Smart Cloud officially released the ABC 3.0 strategy to create the most A+ safest B+ state-of-the-art C and launched the AI ​​to B platform with deep learning. AI capabilities such as conversational search and natural language processing cover the model labeling platform, ABC integrated machine, and customized training platform.

On December 18, 2018, Baidu founder and chairman Li Yanhong adjusted the organization framework, upgraded the "ABC Smart Cloud" business strategy, accelerated the integration of AI and industry, and promoted the industrial intelligence process. In the context of industrial intelligent transformation, AI, which is good at home, has become the vanguard of Baidu's intelligent cloud for the enterprise-level market.

2. Ali used AI to drive cloud computing. Also in September, Alibaba Cloud identified a new direction at the Yunqi Conference: cloud computing + IoT + artificial intelligence combination boxing, IoT data acquisition, artificial intelligence responsible for understanding and judgment, cloud computing to meet the calculations in data processing. Prior to this, Alibaba Cloud's key words were "computation", and now it is beginning to hope for artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to expand business boundaries.

3. Huawei Cloud proposed the concept of “Inclusive Praise AI”. At the fully-connected conference in October, Huawei launched the artificial intelligence development strategy and solution. The theme of the cloud computing business is “Pu Hui AI”. Corresponding to this is Huawei's EI service, which exports image recognition, video analysis, image search and other services in the form of cloud services.

4, Tencent Cloud's AI is the service. After the third structural adjustment, Tencent began to transform into the industrial Internet. The first battlefield was cloud computing. In 2017, Tencent proposed the goal of AI in All. Although it did not use high-level artificial intelligence like other cloud computing platforms, it was frequently used as an intelligent cloud endorsement for AI in 2018, pushing a series of AIs such as speech recognition and machine translation. shouldUse the service.

In addition to the above four examples, Jinshan Yun, Netease Cloud, and Inspur Cloud all started to aim at artificial intelligence, and many cloud computing entrepreneurs also played the idea of ​​artificial intelligence. In the "hard bones" of cloud computing AI, although the layout of the major cloud computing platforms on AI is different, there is almost no objection in the future direction of cloud computing.

Three engines of intelligent cloud

Cloud computing is still a business in essence. The giants invest billions or even billions of funds, and naturally do not want to see cloud business. Only contributed a few thousandths of revenue. And unlike the To C products, one or two event marketing, or a few press conferences, I am afraid it is difficult for enterprise customers to pay for it.

As far as the business model is concerned, To C has the potential to create demand, and To B is to meet demand. The decision of several major cloud computing giants to start or deepen the AI ​​of cloud computing in 2018 is by no means the result of brainstorming. To be precise, smart clouds are inseparable from three driving engines:

First, the big industry trend.

When the consumer-grade giant Tencent gave a message to the transformation of the industrial Internet, the second half of the Internet has already occurred, which may be a last resort when the traffic dividends peaked. The more certain reason is that these technology giants saw the industry. Gold mine on the internet.

After entering 2018, the voices of autonomous driving, smart city, and industrial Internet are getting louder and louder, and the reactions of the giants are rare and rapid. Taking Shanghai as an example, after proposing the goal of building a “smart city”, Baidu, Ali, Tencent, and Xiaomi have successively taken root in Shanghai, signed a series of strategic cooperation covering AI, and accelerated transportation, urban governance, and industrial intelligence. Infiltration of smart life and other aspects. The positives of the giants are not unreasonable. At the beginning of the industrial Internet, the giants can get the tickets first by virtue of their own advantages. This is also a fleeting window.

As the first battleground of the industry Internet, cloud computing plays an indispensable role. For example, in the field of intelligent transportation, Baidu, Ali, Tencent, and Huawei have put forward new ideas of “car-way coordination”, creating intelligent cars in the fields of automatic driving and car networking, and laying smart in wireless communication and sensing. Road, and all data collection and analysisManagement, machine learning, etc. are all based on cloud computing and become an invisible highway.

In the face of big trends, cloud computing only provides basic services such as computing, storage, and database. It is far from enough, and the integration of artificial intelligence is inevitable.

Second, IoT and edge calculation.

According to the timetable given by the three major operators, the commercialization of 5G networks will begin in the second half of 2019. It is expected that the popularity of 5G will be completed in 2-3 years. Communication technology is like a bridge between the smart world and the physical world. Every iteration of the communication network can always bring new business opportunities.

Cloud computing vendors maintained a keen sense of business, and began to make a sneak peek a year or two before the vent, especially IoT and edge computing. Alibaba Cloud launched the "Darwin Plan", trying to deliver a self-controllable Internet of Things through a series of full-link ecosystem services including platforms, chips and micro-base stations; Huawei seems to have this intention, one breath The launch of the two models of the Shengteng 910 and the Shengteng 310, behind Huawei's full-stack full-scenario AI solution; even Tencent, which has always been slow and half-shot, is also fully deploying the Internet of Things, launching the IoTSuite suite...

Baidu Smart Cloud wants to be a guide in this direction. As early as 2016, ABC (AI, Big Date, Cloud computing) strategy was put forward, and the three-in-one style of artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing was staged. In early 2017, IoT was added to the ABC strategy. It was launched in 2018. The mode of "ABC + Edge Computing".

On January 9th, at 2019CES, Baidu Smart Cloud released China's first intelligent edge computing product BIE (Baidu Intelligent Edge) and intelligent edge computing open source version OpenEdge, which is the first commercial in China. The open source and edge computing products have opened the curtain for AI's large-scale application in 2019. Baidu's smart cloud architecture upgraded 2019CES trip, undoubtedly led the new track of intelligent cloud era AI empowerment.

Cloud computing is a marathon, there are also many episodes, IoT may be one of them, at least the cloud computing giants are starting to race against time to compete for the first mover advantage.

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