Showing posts with label GCP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GCP. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Nokia migrates its on-premise IT infrastructure to Google Cloud

 Nokia and Google Cloud entered into a five-year strategic collaboration under which Nokia will migrate its on-premise IT infrastructure onto Google Cloud. Specifically, Nokia will migrate its data centers and servers around the world, as well as various software applications, onto Google Cloud infrastructure. Nokia will also use a suite of Google Cloud products and professional services.  Nokia plans to exit its IT data centers on a rapid schedule. In addition, Nokia’s infrastructure and applications will run in the public cloud or in a Software-as-a-Service model going forward.

Nokia said the deal reflects its operational shift to a cloud-first IT strategy.

Rob Enslin, President at Google Cloud, said: “We are excited to help Nokia revamp its IT infrastructure with our backbone network and our approach to data security, using advanced software-defined networking. We look forward to providing the full menu of our capabilities to help Nokia deliver on its cloud-first strategy and reach its performance requirements.”

Ravi Parmasad, VP Global IT Infrastructure at Nokia, said: “Nokia is on a digital transformation path that is about fundamentally changing how we operate and do business. This is crucial for how our employees collaborate so that we continue to raise the bar on meeting the needs of our customers. 

Monday, December 16, 2019

Google Cloud announces security partnerships

Google Cloud Platform announced more than a dozen new solutions with security partners, including:

  • GCP is working with McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Qualys to help customers manage the deployment of agent-based endpoint security and vulnerability management solutions automatically and at scale.
  • Palo Alto Networks is expanding its usage of services on Google Cloud to jointly develop new solutions for Anthos and threat detection.
  • McAfee will integrate its MVISION Cloud solution for data security, threat prevention, governance, and compliance capabilities for container workloads with Google Cloud, as well as its endpoint security solution for Linux and Windows-based workloads.
  • Citrix Workspace is now available on Google Cloud. This includes integration with G Suite that provides a single sign-on experience, multi-factor authentication, enhanced security policies for G Suite, web filtering policies for G Suite, and end-to-end visibility and analytics. Also, users will be able to seamlessly authenticate using G Suite credentials early next year to provide simple, secure access to the apps and information they need to do their jobs anywhere, on any device.
  • Exabeam, a leading SIEM vendor, will expand its SaaS Cloud security management platform on Google Cloud, helping customers bring the scale and speed of the cloud to their existing, trusted SIEM platform.
  • ForgeRock will deliver its Digital Identity Platform on Google Cloud. ForgeRock’s platform helps customers build and maintain cloud-ready architecture to automate multi-cloud deployments. ForgeRock joins Google Cloud as a Premier Partner in the identity space and has named Google Cloud as its primary cloud provider for its cloud-native suite of identity products.
  • Fortinet will provide a new reference architecture for customers to connect facilities to Google Cloud with secure SD-WAN solutions, to make its FortiWeb Cloud WAF-as-a-Service available on Google Cloud, and to integrate its FortiCWP service with Google Cloud Security Command Center.
  • Semperis and STEALTHbits are working with GCP to enable customers to manage, audit, and protect their Microsoft Active Directory-dependent apps and workloads running on Google Cloud from service outages, data breaches, and cyberattacks.
  • Tanium will integrate its endpoint security telemetry and Chronicle’s Backstory platform with GCP to provide full visibility into endpoint events across an enterprise.

In addition, Google Cloud Platform is expanding its work with leading systems integrators and managed services providers, including: Deloitte, IBM Security, Wipro, Arctic Wolf, Comm-IT, Cyderes, and Optiv.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/identity-security/making-your-cloud-more-secure-through-google-cloud-partners

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Google intros Storage Transfer Service for on-premise data

Google Cloud Platform introduced a managed Transfer Service for large-scale on-premises data.

The Transfer Service helps customers complete large-scale data transfers online, which scale to high-speed network connections—up to billions of files, multiple PB of data, and tens of Gbps. Customers do not need to custom software or off-the-shelf software for managing the large operation. Google's Transfer Service for on-premises data validates data integrity. It also includes performance optimizations from the application to the transport layer.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/storage-data-transfer/introducing-storage-transfer-service-for-on-premises-data

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Google to acquire Elastifile to enable easier petabyte level operations

Google agreed to acquire Elastifile, a start-up provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud.

Elastifile, which is based in Herzliya, Israel with offices in Santa Clara, California, offers a software-defined approach to managed Network Attached Storage (NAS), enabling organizations to scale performance or capacity without cumbersome overhead.

Elastifile will now be integrated with Google Cloud Filestore.

Google said the combination of Elastifile and Google Cloud will bring traditional workloads into GCP faster and simplify the management and scaling of data and compute intensive workloads. Google also expects this combination will empower businesses to build industry-specific, high performance applications that need petabyte-scale file storage more quickly and easily.

"Helping our customers solve difficult storage challenges for their most critical workloads has enabled these enterprises to unleash the full benefits of the cloud,” said Erwan Menard, CEO at Elastifile. “We’re excited to join Google for the next part of our journey, building on the success we’ve had together over the past two and a half years. File storage is essential to enterprise cloud adoption and, together with Google, we are well-positioned to serve those needs."

Earlier this year, Google launched Elastifile File Service on GCP, a fully-managed version of Elastifile integrated with Google Cloud. Customers like Appsbroker, eSilicon and Forbes have already taken advantage of the latest Elastifile solutions on GCP.

“In recent years, we’ve seen enterprises increasingly deploy traditional applications as well as new performance sensitive applications to the cloud,” said Deepak Mohan, Research Director at IDC.  “These applications require on-premises level of performance for latency and consistency alongside of the scalability benefits of the cloud. The acquisition of Elastifile will better enable Google Cloud customers to meet this mix of needs, as they deploy such workloads to the Google Cloud Platform.”

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/inside-google-cloud/expanding-our-enterprise-file-storage-offerings-to-simplify-the-management-and-scaling-of-data

https://www.elastifile.com

Google to acquire Alooma to simplify cloud migration

Google agreed to acquire Alooma, a start-up specializing in cloud data migration. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alooma, which is based in Tel Aviv with an office in Redwood City, California, helps enterprise companies streamline database migration in the cloud with an innovative data pipeline tool that enables them to move their data from multiple sources to a single data warehouse. Alooma was backed by Sequoia and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Alooma was co-founded by Yoni Broyde and Yair Weinberger.

Google said the acquisition enables it to ofer customers "a streamlined, automated migration experience to Google Cloud, and give them access to our full range of database services, from managed open source database offerings to solutions like Cloud Spanner and Cloud Bigtable."

Monday, May 6, 2019

CenturyLink teams with Google Cloud Platform

CenturyLink is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud, enabling it to combine a leading public cloud, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with CenturyLink IT consulting services.

By joining the Google Cloud Partner Program, CenturyLink said it will be able to provide implementation, sales and technical support to enterprises as they accelerate innovation with cloud solutions. CenturyLink has established a Google Cloud center of excellence with certified Google Cloud Architects and Engineers who are highly skilled in cloud infrastructure, networking, migration and managed services.

In June 2018, CenturyLink announced it could connect customers to Google Cloud globally through Google Cloud Partner Interconnect. This provides enterprise-grade, dedicated connectivity from offices and data centers on enterprise wide-area networks (WAN) to Google Cloud Platform in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. In addition, CenturyLink’s global broadcast fiber network, Vyvx Cloud Connect, provides access to GCP by offering multi-site, diverse connectivity paths into GCP for high-bandwidth, high-quality video feeds.

“Our work with CenturyLink is a prime example of our fast-growing cloud ecosystem and Google Cloud’s commitment to support the technology needs of enterprises today,” said Carolee Gearhart, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at Google Cloud. “We look forward to continuing to expand our partnership with CenturyLink, which brings a wealth of expertise in SAP consulting, big data analytics and secure private networking to public and hybrid cloud workloads.”

“This partnership enables global enterprises to leverage the power of CenturyLink’s diverse global network combined with our innovative thought leadership in optimizing application deployment and advanced IT services that help meet the full range of their hybrid cloud needs,” said Mahesh Dalvi, vice president, Global IT Solutions and Managed Services, CenturyLink. “Both Google Cloud and CenturyLink are highly focused on tackling complex enterprise needs, including the optimization of critical workloads such as SAP and Big Data.”

"AT&T provides organizations globally with secure, smart solutions, and our work to bring Google Cloud's portfolio of products, services and tools to every layer of its customers' business helps 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Optiva's BSS Revenue Management Suite now on Google Cloud

Optiva's end-to-end  BSS solution is now available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

As the next generation of the Optiva Turnkey Converged Billing (TCB) solution, Optiva Revenue Management Suite offers CSPs tools to retain and increase their customer base. The suite provides features for charging, billing, product catalog and order management and is available for deployment in both private and public cloud environments. When deployed on the public cloud via GCP, Optiva Revenue Management Suite provides up to 80 percent lower total c
ost of ownership (TCO) by leveraging the auto-scaling capabilities of the public cloud.

Optiva said its BSS suite is ideally suited for CSPs looking for a solution that is quick to deploy, easy to upgrade and runs natively in the cloud as a turnkey solution.

“This is another significant step forward in Optiva’s $100 million cloud transformation plan, bringing innovation and big savings to telcos,” said Danielle Royston, CEO of Optiva. “Optiva now has two cloud offerings for CSPs: the best-in-breed Optiva Charging Engine for CSPs who need 10x faster transaction processing speed and, now, the best-in-suite Optiva Revenue Management Suite geared for CSPs looking for the lowest cost, end-to-end turnkey solution. Cloud is coming to telco — not in 2029 — but today, in 2019. Soon CSPs of all sizes will be embracing the benefits of the public cloud.”

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Google Cloud intros container-native load balancing

Google Cloud Platform is launching container-native load balancing for applications running on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Kubernetes on Compute Engine.

Customers are able to program load balancers as IP port pairs using network endpoint groups (NEGs), and load balancing directly to the containers. The new NEG abstraction layer that enables container-native load balancing is integrated with the Kubernetes Ingress controller running on GCP.

This represents a new data model abstraction layer on GCP, which Google says reaffirms "containers as first-class citizens on GCP."

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/containers-kubernetes/introducing-container-native-load-balancing-on-google-kubernetes-engine


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Google Cloud builds deeper integrations for SAP

Google Cloud Platform announced new capabilities and integrations for SAP workloads.

The new functionality includes SAP workload sizing, and SAP HANA dynamic tiering, which provides disk-based, large-volume extended storage for SAP HANA warm data.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/partners/google-cloud-platform-your-cloud-destination-for-mission-critical-sap-workloads

Monday, July 9, 2018

Google Cloud adds cost forecast tool

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) introduced a cost monitoring and forecasting tool to help customers manage their bill.

The tool tracks all services and projects managed inside of GCP.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Google Cloud offers TensorFlow processors, delivering teraflops for ML

Cloud Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) are now available in beta on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The Cloud TPUs are a family of Google-designed hardware accelerators that are optimized to speed up and scale up specific machine learning (ML) workloads programmed with TensorFlow.

Google's TPUs are built with four custom ASICs. Each Cloud TPU packs up to 180 teraflops of floating-point performance and 64 GB of high-bandwidth memory onto a single board. The boards can be connected via an ultra-fast network to form multi-petaflop ML supercomputers. These "TPU pods" will be available on GCP later this year.

The Cloud TPUs can be programmed with high-level, open source TensorFlow APIs. GCP is making a number of reference Cloud TPU model implementations available, including:

  • ResNet-50 and other popular models for image classification
  • Transformer for machine translation and language modeling
  • RetinaNet for object detection

Google adds that its cloud TPUs can also simplify the planning and management of ML computing resources. By purchasing the service, users benefit from the large-scale, tightly-integrated ML infrastructure that has been heavily optimized at Google over many years. The cloud TPUs are protected by the security mechanisms and practices that safeguard all Google Cloud services.

Google Builds a Custom ASIC for Machine Learning

Google has developed a custom ASIC for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) is tailored for TensorFlow, which is an open source software library for machine learning that was developed at Google.

In a blog posting,  Norm Jouppi, Distinguished Hardware Engineer at Google, discloses that the TPUs have already been in deployment in Google data centers for over a year, where they "deliver an order of magnitude better-optimized performance per watt for machine learning." The stealthy project to develop in-house silicon has been underway for several years.

A number of Google applications are already running on the Tensor Processing Units, including RankBrain, Street View, and the AlphaGo application that recently defeated the Go world champion, Lee Sedol.

Google plans to deliver machine learning as a service on its Google Cloud Platform by providing APIs for computer vision, speech, human language translation, etc.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/05/Google-supercharges-machine-learning-tasks-with-custom-chip.html


  • TensorFlow was originally developed by the Google Brain team and released under the Apache 2.0 open source license in November 2015. At the time, Google said TensorFlow can run on multiple CPUs and GPUs.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

GCP trims pricing for cloud GPUs, SSDs

The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is trimming the cost of NVIDIA Tesla GPUs attached to on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines by up to 36 percent. In US regions, each K80 GPU attached to a VM is priced at $0.45 per hour while each P100 costs $1.46 per hour.

This lowers the cost of running highly parallelized compute tasks on VMs and GPUs.

GCP is also lowering the price of preemptible Local SSDs by almost 40 percent compared to on-demand Local SSDs. In the US this means $0.048 per GB-month.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Google Joins Cloud Foundry

The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is now part of Cloud Foundry.

Google noted that it has been very active this year with the Cloud Foundry community, including the delivery of the BOSH Google CPI release, enabling the deployment of Cloud Foundry on GCP, and the recent release of the Open Service Broker API. The efforts have led to custom service brokers for eight of GCP services:

  • Google BigQuery
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Google Cloud SQL
  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub
  • Google Cloud Vision API
  • Google Cloud Speech API
  • Google Cloud Natural Language API
  • Google Translation API


https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/