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Google Cloud Vision API is a REST API that will help developers analyse images like never before. It supports various features like Entity identification, Facial Detection, Landmark Detection, Logo Detection, OCR and Identifying Explicit content. It is available in Limited Preview for now.
One of the big debates these days when it comes to cloud computing center around portability and interoperatbilty between providers. That is, if you build an application on Amazon's EC2 or Google's AppEngine or Force.com, or store your data on Box.net or Amazon's S3, how hard is it to port your application or move your data to another cloud provider? If you develop on a given platform, how locked-in, or not, are you? And beyond that, could developers benefit from having standardized APIs to develop to without having to learn a new model and interface each time. As you'd expect, there's no easy answer to this.
Applications have not historically been designed to leverage third party cloud services. With the rise of cloud platforms has come new ways of managing and deploying applications in the cloud. The floodgates are open, and services are emerging to complement the capabilities of these cloud platforms.