Machine Learning Cloud Platform Comparison

Last updated on August 6, 2018.
Published on August 6, 2018.

Forward-thinking organizations are increasingly including Machine Learning capabilities as part of their overall digital business strategy. When used effectively, Machine Learning can enhance existing products and services with new smart features, or reduce operating and production costs.

As organizations proceed from strategy development to implementation, Machine Learning platforms and their services support numerous intelligent applications for lightweight, agile POCs as well as highly scalable production deployments, with all the benefits expected from a cloud-based infrastructure.

The top cloud platform providers we evaluated are Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP. We assigned the intelligent services from each cloud provider to a service category when the services offered similar capabilities. Please see the table below.

Machine Learning Cloud Platform Comparison

ServiceAWSGoogleIBMMicrosoft AzureOracleSalesforceSAP
Machine LearningAmazon Machine LearningCloud Machine Learning EngineWatson Machine LearningMachine Learning Studio and Machine Learning ServicesOracle AI Platform Cloud Service (Coming Soon)Salesforce EinsteinSAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation
ML Model BuilderAmazon SageMaker
SuiteCloud AI,
Cloud AutoML (Beta)
Watson Studio SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation
Image / Video AnalysisAmazon Rekognition,
AWS DeepLens
Cloud Vision,
Cloud Video Intelligence
Watson Visual RecognitionComputer Vision API,
Video Indexer,
Custom Vision Service (Preview)
Einstein VisionSAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation
Image / Video SearchBing Video Search API,
Bing Image Search API
Einstein VisionSAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation
Personality / Emotion DetectorWatson Personality InsightsEmotion API (Preview)
Face DetectorAmazon Rekognition,
AWS DeepLens
Cloud VisionFace APISAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation
Pre-config. EnvironmentAmazon Deep Learning AMIs
Training FrameworkApache MXNet on AWS
Open Source Deep LearningTensorFlow on AWS
Content AnalysisWatson DiscoveryContent ModeratorSAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation
FAQ BuilderQnA Maker API
CatalogWatson Knowledge Catalog
Job DiscoveryCloud Talent Solution

All providers offer a scalable, high-performance Machine Learning service for creating models and generating predictions. Amazon offers a product, Amazon SageMaker, in addition, which is specifically geared toward building Machine Learning models. With Amazon SageMaker you can choose any framework or algorithm, train and deploy models, and integrate with existing workflows.

Google, IBM, and SAP offer a suite of products. A suite is a combination of tools and services bundled together and sold as one. Google’s Cloud AI suite includes Cloud AutoML, Cloud TPU, Cloud ML Engine, and more. IBM’s Watson Studio provides a suite of tools to collaborate and work with data to build, train and deploy models. SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation includes services for image processing, natural language processing, time-series processing, and custom ML models.

Many companies also offer services for image and video analysis for classifying images, detecting objects and faces, gaining insights, moderating content, and extracting text. Some offer personality/emotion and face detectors, which are beneficial in finding psychological traits, personalizing the user experience, and organizing and tagging faces in photos. IBM and Microsoft also offer specific services for moderating text and images, content analysis, through Machine Learning.

Unique offerings:

  • Amazon offers a training framework, Apache MXNet on AWS, an open-source Deep Learning framework, TensorFlow on AWS, and pre-configured environments for deep learning, Amazon Deep Learning AMIs.
  • Google offers a service, Cloud Talent Solution, which powers job sites with Machine Learning.
  • Microsoft Azure offers an FAQ builder that extracts questions and answers and uses testing and training techniques to publish frequently asked questions.
  • IBM offers a catalog, Watson Knowledge Catalog, which is used for accessing, creating, organizing, and sharing data and models.

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