Amazon Polly


Turn text into lifelike speech with Amazon Polly.

When it comes to using technology, sometimes using a screen is not an option. Text to speech technology is useful in these situations. However, older early day text to speech solutions can sound more like a robot and makes it difficult to understand and tiresome to listen to over extended periods of time. Amazon Polly, an AWS managed cloud service, provides an artificial intelligence service whose job is to translate text information into speech. Polly focuses on converting text into speech using national sounding lifelike voices.

Amazon Polly is a best in class solution. Its top features are as follows:
• Create applications that talk and increase accessibility
• Provides an easy to use and device-independent solution
• Voices are high quality and as good as natural human speech
• Supports 24 languages with multi voices per language
• Store and distribute the generated speech as an audio file
• Accurate text processing
• Highly intelligible
• Supports speech synthesis markup language (SSML)
• Supports dictionaries (Lexicons)
• Natural sounding speech generation from text

Let’s talk a little about Amazon Polly and SSML. It is a speech synthesis markup language. It is XML based markup language, and tags comply with SSML 1.0. The SSML start with and end with . You can modify aspects of the speech output, such as the expansion of abbreviations and acronyms as well as control of pitch, volume, and speed of speech. For example, if you wanted your text to speech solution to have a Boston accent, this would be possible.

Amazon Polly can be used in many cases. Here are some typical applications:
• Education – It provides language learning applications that support 24 languages. Listening to actual spoken languages is very important for language learning, and accurate pronunciation is even more critical. With the use of speech marks, Amazon Polly can provide more immersive storytelling and better reading experience for anyone struggling with reading and writing.
• Gaming – It can be used to test in-game dialogs without needing a voice actor.
• Content Creation – Amazon Polly can be used to read news channels out loud.
• Telephony – Polly is used in the form of a phone call to an interactive voice response system, it enables automated self-service call center operations as well.

Amazon Polly provides real-time streaming at a low cost. The audio can be streamed so you can play the sound immediately, in a real-time scenario. Besides, you pay by the character and only the characters you use. This allows unlimited replays, making it an effective way to voice your applications. You can go as far as creating a custom brand voice for your organization.

Amazon Polly is an AWS cloud service that is used to translate text into speech using natural-sounding lifelike voices. It provides many features and benefits that may help set your organization apart. If you think Amazon Polly may be right for you, contact Cloud Rush today. We offer complimentary consultations for all AWS cloud services.

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Amazon Redshift – AWS Analytics Tool

Amazon Redshift - AWS Analytics Tool

Amazon Redshift is a fast, scalable data warehouse that makes it simple and cost-effective to analyze all your organization’s data across your data warehouse. It will deliver ten times faster performance than other data warehouses by using machine learning, massively parallel query execution, and columnar storage on high-performance disk.

First, let’s start with the basics. Data warehouses are databases that are designed and used as depositories for analytical data. Data warehouses share many characteristics to relational databases but serve different purposes. A relational database is used to store individual records, while data warehouses are used to store and maintain aggregate values generated from relational databases.

Amazon Redshift automatically provisions the infrastructure and automates administrative tasks such as backups, replication, and fault tolerance. With concurrency scaling, you can support virtually unlimited concurrent users and concurrent queries. When enabled, it automatically adds additional cluster capacity when you need it to process an increase to concurrent read queries. When the demand decreases, the additional capacity is automatically removed.

The Amazon Redshift Spectrum is an optional feature that allows you to query all types of data stored in Amazon simple storage service or Amazon S3 buckets. You don’t need to load that data into the Redshift database to work. One of the advantages of Amazon Redshift is that it uses a massively parallel columnar architecture. This means the data is indexed in the same way that analytical queries are written.

How Does Amazon Redshift Work?

Internally Amazon Redshift is broken down into nodes. There is a single leader node and several compute nodes. Clients access it via a SQL endpoint on the leader node. The client then sends a query to the endpoint. The leader node creates jobs based on the query logic and sends it in parallel to the compute nodes. The compute nodes contain the actual data the queries need. The compute nodes find the required data, form operations and return results to the leader node. The leader node then aggregates the results from all of the computer nodes and sends a report back to the clients.

Amazon Redshift Data Warehouse Uses

You can use Amazon Redshift to build a unified data platform. Creating multiple copies of data is a massive waste of time and money. However, traditional data warehousing requires the data to be loaded into the data warehouse. Redshift Spectrum can run queries across your data warehouse and Amazon S3 simultaneously. This will save you time and money.

Amazon Redshift Costs

Amazon Redshift costs have been simplified to help you determine your overall costs. You start by choosing the cluster nodes that meet your needs. Each cluster node includes memory, storage, and IO. The node type is billed per hour. There are 4 types of pricing:
1. On-Demand Pricing
2. Concurrency Scaling Pricing
3. Reserved Instance Pricing
4. Amazon Redshift Spectrum Pricing

Whether you are a startup to a Fortune 500 company, this tool will help save your organization time and money. Contact Cloud Rush today to get started with a complimentary consultation.

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