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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Verizon 5G Edge taps Google Distributed Cloud Edge

Verizon and Google Cloud agreed to collaborate on 5G edge services for mobile and connected devices, including autonomous mobile robots, intelligent logistics and factory automation.

Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge, will bring Google’s compute and storage services to the edge of the local network.

The companies also plan to develop public 5G mobile edge computing for developers and enterprises. 

In addition, Ericsson, in collaboration with Verizon, will pilot 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge as part of a proof of concept at its USA 5G Smart Factory. The first trial use case involves Verizon's Sensor Intelligence solution, which involves attaching a camera to an autonomous mobile robot that will scan packages to maintain inventory and location of indirect materials in the factory's warehouse. Then, using computer vision, the robot will communicate the bar code and shipping label data via 5G and mobile edge computing to the inventory management system, providing real-time analytics to improve logistics.

“By working with partners like Google Cloud and Ericsson, we’re building the 5G edge compute ecosystem that will enable enterprises in many industries to benefit from having a completely dedicated private network and edge compute infrastructure on premise,” said Rima Qureshi, Chief Strategy Officer at Verizon. “5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will give our customers the ability to connect and manage a broad range of devices at scale and speed while also providing highly secure, near real-time connectivity. This will allow companies to unlock greater value from data and enable innovative applications involving computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and machine learning.” 

“Through our planet-scale infrastructure and expertise in data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google Cloud is enabling the rapid development and deployment of new services and applications,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. “By bringing intelligence from data centers to the network edge, Verizon 5G Edge with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will allow customers to build new cross-industry edge solutions, unlock new revenue models, and transform the next generation of customer experiences – from AI-driven in-store operations to live inventory management on the factory floor, the possibilities span multiple industries.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-google-cloud-5g-mobile-edge-computing

Verizon Business teams with AWS on mobile edge computing

Verizon Business and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be expanding their 5G collaboration to deliver private mobile edge computing (MEC) to enterprise customers in the U.S. The solution will fully integrate Verizon’s Private 5G networks and Private Edge platform with AWS Outposts, a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to virtually any datacenter, co-location space, or on-premises facility for...

Verizon debuts mobile edge cloud with Microsoft Azure

Verizon is now offering an on-premises, private edge compute solution in collaboration with Microsoft Azure.Verizon 5G Edge with Microsoft Azure Stack Edge is a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network at the customer premises providing enterprises with increased efficiencies, higher levels of security, and the low lag and high bandwidth needed for applications involving computer vision, augmented...

Verizon launches private mobile edge computing with AWS Outposts

Verizon announced the commercial launch if its private mobile edge compute solution with AWS Outposts in the U.S. Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts is a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network on the customer premises for real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, factory automation and robotics. For example, Corning is using Verizon 5G Edge with AWS Outposts and On Site...

Verizon designates AWS as its Preferred Public Cloud Provider

Verizon Communications has designated Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred public cloud provider as part of a corporate-wide initiative to increase agility and reduce costs through the use of cloud computing. Verizon is migrating over 1,000 business-critical applications and database backend systems to AWS, several of which also include the migration of production databases to Amazon Aurora—AWS’s relational database engine. Verizon is also...

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Google Cloud activates Santiago cloud region, expands near Tel Aviv

Google Cloud announced operational status for its new Santiago cloud region. The new infrastructure is Google's first cloud region in Chile and second in South America, complementing São Paulo, which opened in 2017. 

Google also announced that its forthcoming Google Cloud region in Israel will be located near Tel Aviv.  Recently, Google Cloud was selected by the Israeli government to provide public cloud services to all government entities from across the state, including ministries, authorities, and government-owned companies.

Google also announced second cloud region in Germany will be located in Berlin-Brandenburg, complementing our existing cloud region in Frankfurt. Once launched, our cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg will strengthen our safe and secure platform for customers in Germany, including both public sector organizations and businesses like BMG, helping them scale and adapt to changing requirements.

Last year, Google unveiled plans to deploy and operate a cloud region in Saudi Arabia, while a local strategic reseller, sponsored by Aramco, will offer cloud services to businesses in the Kingdom. The location for this region will be in Dammam.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/infrastructure/google-cloud-platform-region-updates


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Telenor enters partnership with Google Cloud

Telenor is exploring how to leverage Google Cloud’s expertise in data management, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI/ML), as well as the company’s infrastructure, to bring together the complimentary technologies to Telenor’s customers and society overall.

Specifically, Telenor and Google Cloud will collaborate the following key areas:

  • Strengthening Telenor’s technology capabilities to make an impact: Both companies aspire to transform and modernise Telenor’s IT and networks by looking into how Google Cloud’s services, global data centre network, and security capabilities can be used. Both companies will also look to drive better customer experiences by leveraging Google Cloud’s data, analytics and AI/ML intelligence technologies. Telenor and Google Cloud’s collaboration aims to support customers and industries to face their digital transformation challenges.
  • Delivering growth through joint go-to-market activities: Telenor and Google Cloud will collaborate on expanding both horizontal and vertical services through joint go-to-market activities, creating new scalable revenue streams.
  • Joint innovations: Telenor and Google Cloud will innovate and enhance the capabilities of current and future products, develop new modern industry solutions and services, and drive cost efficiencies. This may include developments to the next generation of virtual network function and edge computing, focusing on IoT and 5G.
  • Bringing digital to all: Google Cloud and Telenor are committed to bringing digital to all customers. The two organisations will join forces to support these businesses, helping to get them online and guiding them through their digital transformations by providing access to support teams and next-generation solutions. The aim is to look at how solutions are developed, how businesses are responsibly run, diverse ways of working and ultimately empower societies.

“Telenor wants to work with leaders in the tech industry and stay committed to being at the forefront of modernisation and digitalisation. As connectivity is the foundation for building trust, we believe that together we can go beyond connectivity to enhance our offering to our customers with new and innovative solutions, whilst improving the overall experience of our current portfolio,” says Sigve Brekke, president and CEO of Telenor Group.


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Google announces Android 5G slicing for enterprises

Google Cloud announced a 5G network slicing capability for Android that enables virtual mobile networks to be created dynamically with varying properties utilizing shared underlying physical resources. 

Google said 5G slicing will let CSPs earn a return on their investments in 5G, by offering a secure and dynamic network platform to enterprises. For enterprises 5G network slicing can boost application performance through a dedicated network channel that’s optimized for higher bandwidth, lower latency, higher reliability, and increased security and isolation. 

The new capability in Android enables 5G enterprise network slicing routes application traffic on managed devices on CSPs’ 5G networks. For devices provisioned with a work profile, data from work apps will be routed over an enterprise network slice. CSPs looking for more in-depth information on Android’s 5G network slicing implementation can visit the Android SAC site. 

Google also notes that its support of 5G network slicing capabilities for enterprises was validated in partnership with both Ericsson and Nokia through a successful integration of 5G radio access networks (RAN) and 5G core network solutions with test units of the recently released Pixel 6 smartphone running the Android 12 operating system. Additionally, Far EasTone (FET), Android, and Ericsson collaborated on an end-to-end demonstration of 5G Network Slicing with 5G URSP. This demonstration showcased URSP capability on the Google Pixel 6 to direct work apps traffic over the enterprise slice.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/telecommunications/5g-network-slicing-with-google-android-enterprise-and-cloud

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Google develops Anthos for Virtual Machines w support for VNFs

Google released a preview of Anthos for Virtual Machines, a new capability allowing developers to standardize on Kubernetes while continuing to run some workloads that cannot be easily containerized in virtual machines. 

The idea is to allow developers to standardize on Anthos as their operational model while still supporting VMs for traditional workloads like Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) or stateful monolithic workloads. Google Cloud describes this as an incremental modernization effort.

Developers can take advantage of Anthos for VMs in two ways – either by attaching vSphere VMs, or shifting VMs as-is. For customers with active VMware environments, the Anthos control plane can now connect to your vSphere environment and attach your vSphere VMs, allowing you to apply consistent security and policies across clusters, gain visibility into the health and performance of your services, and manage traffic for both VMs and containers. Alternately, Anthos for VMs allows you to shift VMs as-is onto Anthos with KubeVirt, an open-source virtualization API for Kubernetes. 

"While we have seen many customers make the leap to containerization, some are not quite ready to move completely off of virtual machines (VMs). They want a unified development platform where developers can build, modify, and deploy applications residing in both containers and VMs in a common, shared environment."

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/hybrid-cloud/introducing-anthos-for-vms-and-other-app-modernization-tools



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  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    Google Distributed Cloud extends Anthos to edge and RAN

    At its virtual Next'21 event, Google introduced a portfolio of solutions consisting of hardware and software aimed at extending its infrastructure to edge locations and into private data centers.

    Google Distributed Cloud is powered by Anthos, the open-source-based platform that unifies the management of infrastructure and applications across on-premises, edge, and in multiple public clouds.

    The key advantage is a consistent management and security framework extending across Google's infrastructure, operator edge facilities connected by 5G, enterprise data centers, and enterprise remote locations such as retail stores, factory floors, or branch offices with local compute/storage resources. Using Google Distributed Cloud, customers can migrate or modernize applications and process data locally with Google Cloud services, including databases, machine learning, data analytics and container management.


    At launch, Google Distributed Cloud is supported by a number of top tier partners, including Cisco, Dell, HPE, and NetApp, which is Google's primary partner supporting Google Distributed Cloud's storage infrastructure.

    "Each year at Next we celebrate the achievements of our customers and partners, and the many ways they have transformed their businesses digitally," said Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO. "We also look forward to sharing our latest cloud innovations and providing a view into the future—what we think will drive business transformation for the decades to come."

    Also being introduced is Google Distributed Cloud Edge, a fully managed service with the ability to run 5G Core and radio access network (RAN) functions at the edge, alongside enterprise applications on Intel and/or NVIDIA, to support use cases such as computer vision and Google AI edge inferencing. Google Distributed Cloud Edge is positioned for running local data processing, low-latency edge compute workloads, modernizing on-premises environments, and deploying private 5G/LTE solutions across a variety of industries.

    Google said its Distributed Cloud Edge builds on its previously announced global, strategic partnerships with both Ericsson and Nokia to bring new solutions built on a cloud-native 5G core and develop the network edge as a business services platform for enterprises.

    “This announcement builds on our on-going partnership with Google Cloud to develop Nokia cloud-native 5G core and Nokia radio solutions for Google’s edge computing platform. By extending this relationship into Google Distributed Cloud Edge, we will increase customer choice and flexibility, ultimately helping our global customer base with multiple cloud-based solutions to deliver 5G services on the network edge,” said Nishant Batra, Nokia Chief Strategy and Technology Officer.

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/hybrid-cloud/announcing-google-distributed-cloud-edge-and-hosted

    Google Cloud builds a universal Network Connectivity Center

    Google Cloud launched a preview of a new Network Connectivity Center for providing "planet-scale network management" to simplify complex networks for on-prem and cloud connectivity.

    The idea is a single interface for creating, connecting, and managing heterogeneous on-prem and cloud networks leveraging Google’s global infrastructure. Network Connectivity Center aims to seamlessly connect VPNs, partner and dedicated interconnects, as well as third-party routers and Software-Defined WANs.


    Google Cloud also announced an expanded partnership with Cisco. Their joint solution leverages Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub and Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center to connect branch sites and on-prem data centers to the cloud using Google’s high performance, global infrastructure and Cisco SD-WAN’s vManage. Via Cisco Cloud OnRamp, users can also extend Cisco SD-WAN’s fabric through an automated process to Google Cloud.

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

    T-Systems teams with Google Cloud on sovereign cloud for Germany

    T-Systems announced a strategic, long-term partnership with Google Cloud to provide a sovereign cloud for German enterprises, the public sector, and healthcare organizations. 

    The companies agreed to develop a large spectrum of next-generation sovereign cloud solutions and infrastructure where customers can host their sensitive workloads whilst continuing to leverage the scalability, elasticity and reliability of public cloud services. Service management and operation of the sovereign cloud will be supervised by T-Systems.

    The new joint offering that will be available as of mid 2022 and then upgraded over the following months. In addition, T Systems will exercise a control function over relevant parts of the German Google Cloud infrastructure. 

    "Our joint strategic goal is to support the digitalization of European companies and the public sector as they move operations to the cloud," explained Adel Al-Saleh, member of the Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems. "Together with Google Cloud, we will build a sovereign cloud services portfolio that provides clients with full control over their data, software and operations whilst leveraging the full power of Google Cloud. Even stricter compliance requirements for public sector institutions will be addressed. We are happy that we’ll be able to offer customers a cloud solution that is secure and sovereign, but also gives access to the innovation and scalability of Google Cloud in Germany. We are also considering Austria and Switzerland as a next step," he added.

    "We’re committed to helping enable Germany’s digital transformation,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. “Data privacy, security and control are vital to European and German organizations as they digitize their operations. The sovereign cloud solution we are partnering with T-Systems to create will provide public and private-sector organizations with an additional layer of technical and operational measures and controls that ensure German customers can meet their data, operational, and software sovereignty requirements." 

    https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/sovereign-cloud-from-t-systems-and-google-cloud-635314

    T-Systems enters strategic collaboration agreement with AWS

    T-Systems and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement to manage the digital transformation of companies more quickly, efficiently and securely. 

    T-Systems said the agreement will spur it to build out capacity in both solutions and people through a strong training and enablement program. The ICT service provider intends to train 3,000 additional AWS experts as part of the new collaboration.

    Regarding security, AWS and T-Systems agreed to closely collaborate to achieve the targets recently set by the European regulation.

    “Since the beginning of our relationship with AWS, we have built up expertise in AWS technology and combined it with our extensive experience from major transformation projects. Our customers appreciate this,” explained Adel Al-Saleh, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and CEO T-Systems.

    https://www.t-systems.com/us/en/about-t-systems/news/t-systems-and-aws-expand-collaboration-365120

    Deutsche Telekom aligns with Microsoft Azure

    Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft announced a seven-year strategic agreement to help customers of all sizes accelerate their cloud transformation initiatives. 

    "We have agreed on the framework for joint strategic growth with our long-term partner Microsoft. We are delighted," said Adel Al-Saleh, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems. "This partnership will enable us to enhance services for our customers. We will also be supporting each other with digitalization and network build-out." 

    Highlights

    • Telekom plans to migrate the majority of its internal IT workloads to the public cloud by 2025 and Azure is a central part of that strategy. Through a companywide training program, thousands of Telekom employees will learn how to maximize the benefits of Azure. 
    • Telekom will also offer its customers direct access to the Microsoft cloud through Azure ExpressRoute. 
    • Telekom will offer Microsoft 365, including Microsoft Teams. As part of this, the companies have started a project for German schools to reimagine traditional approaches to education, enabling remote learning through cloud-based IT infrastructure, modern devices and the cloud productivity and collaboration applications within Microsoft 365. 
    • Telekom will help its customers with moving their SAP environments to Azure. SAP solutions on Azure offer enterprise-grade security, and business continuity and reduce hardware expenses, making it easier for start-ups and smaller organizations to get started. 

    Tuesday, August 24, 2021

    Keysight joins Google Cloud Partner Initiative

     Keysight Technologies has joined Google Cloud’s partner initiative to support agile orchestration of 5G services at the network edge.

    Keysight offers a wide range of solutions for validating early designs, system interoperability and performance, network and end-point security, as well as compliance to 3GPP and O-RAN specifications. Keysight’s end-to-end solution portfolio, built on common hardware and software platforms, enables a cloud-centric ecosystem to speed deployment of multi-access edge computing (MEC), network function virtualization (NFV) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology. This allows mobile operators to confidently orchestrate innovative wireless connectivity services at the edge of the network.

    “As a Google Cloud partner, Keysight will support service providers transitioning to cloud and edge computing, which are needed for delivering advanced applications and use cases such as streaming media, cloud gaming, connected vehicles, private wireless networks and immersive experiences,” said Scott Bryden, vice president of Keysight’s operator industry solutions group. “Keysight’s solutions across wireless and wireline technologies enable hyperscalers and mobile operators to create unified, heterogenous networks that support a wide range of use cases, requirements and applications.”


    Sunday, August 8, 2021

    Google Cloud opens in Melbourne

    A new Google Cloud region in Melbourne is now open. 

    The new facility is the second Google Cloud region in Australia after Sydney and 11th to open in Asia Pacific. Google Cloud now has 27 regions worldwide. 

    The new Google Cloud Melbourne region opens with three zones to protect against service disruptions, and offers a portfolio of key products, including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery. 

    Google said it will "continue to invest in expanding connectivity across the Australia and New Zealand region by working with partners to establish subsea cables and new Dedicated Cloud Interconnect locations and points of presence in major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Auckland."

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/infrastructure/the-google-cloud-region-in-melbourne-is-now-open

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    Google extends depreciation lifecycle for servers and networking gear

    Alphabet reported Q2 revenue of $61.880 billion, up 62% over the same period last year.

    Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said: “In Q2, there was a rising tide of online activity in many parts of the world, and we’re proud that our services helped so many consumers and businesses. Our long-term investments in AI and Google Cloud are helping us drive significant improvements in everyone’s digital experience.”

    “Our strong second quarter revenues of $61.9 billion reflect elevated consumer online activity and broad-based strength in advertiser spend. Again, we benefited from excellent execution across the board by our teams,” said Ruth Porat, CFO of Google and Alphabet.

    Google noted an accounting change regarding is networking and server equipment depreciation. The company has adjusted the useful lives of  servers from three years to four years and the estimated useful life of certain network equipment from three years to five years. 

    https://abc.xyz/investor/

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    Google Cloud launches Cloud IDS with Palo Alto Networks

    Google Cloud introduced a Cloud IDS service that delivers cloud-native, managed, network-based threat detection. The service was built with Palo Alto Networks' threat detection technologies.

    Google Cloud said customers can leverage Cloud IDS to gain deep insight into network-based threats and to support industry-specific compliance goals that call for the use of an intrusion detection system.  Cloud IDS has visibility into traffic to and from the Internet. It can also monitor east-west traffic, which includes both intra- and inter-VPC communication for suspicious lateral movement. 

    Additionally, because Cloud IDS is an end-to-end cloud-native solution, customers can leverage an extensive, continually updated, built-in catalog of attack signatures from Palo Alto Networks’ threat analysis engine to detect the latest threats, as well as anomaly detection for unknown threats. 

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/identity-security/detect-complex-network-threats-with-cloud-ids

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    Google Cloud opens in Delhi National Capital Region

    Google Cloud inaugurated its new Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), its second Google Cloud region in India and 10th to open in Asia Pacific. 

    Google Cloud region highlighted several major customer already active in the Delhi NCR, including InMobi, Groww, HDFC Bank, and Dr. Reddy's Lab.

    Delhi NCR joins 25 existing Google Cloud regions connected via Googles high-performance network.

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/infrastructure/google-cloud-region-in-delhi-ncr-is-now-open

    Google Cloud Platform expands to Delhi, Doha, Melbourne, and Toronto

    Google Cloud Platform will open new regions in Delhi (India), Doha (Qatar), Melbourne (Australia) and Toronto (Canada). Each region will have three zones (data centers) to protect against service disruptions. Each will launch with a portfolio of key GCP products,. Delhi, Melbourne and Toronto are the second regions within those markets enabling in-country disaster recovery for mission-critical applications. As previously announced, GCP this year...


    Bell Canada enters strategic partnership with Google Cloud

    Bell Canada has entered into a multiyear strategic partnership with Google Cloud to power Bell’s company-wide digital transformation, enhance its network and IT infrastructure, and enable a more sustainable future. 

    Bell is looking to Google Cloud to drive operational efficiencies, increase network automation, and deliver richer customer experiences through the following initiatives:

    • Shifting critical workloads to the cloud
    • Unlocking multicloud, next-generation network technology -- with the combined power of Bell’s 5G network and Anthos, Google Cloud’s multicloud solution, Bell will deliver a consistent customer experience with greater automation and enhanced flexibility that scales with customer demand. The increased speed and bandwidth capacity of the Bell 5G network will support applications that can respond faster and handle greater volumes of data than previous generations of wireless technology.
    • Leveraging the power of AI, data and analytics -- Bell will leverage Google Cloud’s expertise in AI and big data to gain unique insights through real-time network data analytics that will enhance the customer experience, improve service assurance, and assist with network capacity planning.
    • Google Cloud will contribute to Bell’s target of achieving carbon neutral operations by 2025

    “We’re excited to partner with Google Cloud as part of our ongoing digital transformation and take Bell’s 5G network leadership to the next level,” said Mirko Bibic, CEO, BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. “Supporting Bell’s goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, Google’s proven expertise in cloud and leadership in sustainability will provide our customers with even faster, more reliable access to the best broadband network and communications services in Canada.”




    “The acceleration of 5G has created new opportunities for industry leaders like Bell to redefine their business and create richer customer experiences,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “We’re proud to partner with Bell to support their transformational shift to the cloud, and power a better network experience for people and businesses across Canada.”

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021

    AT&T integrates its 5G MEC with Google Cloud

    AT&T and Google Cloud are announcing new integrated solutions including AT&T’s on-premises Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) solution, as well as AT&T Network Edge capabilities through LTE, 5G, and wireline.

    The company say the AT&T Network Edge (ANE) with Google Cloud solution will enable enterprises to deploy applications at Google edge points of presence (POPs), which will be connected to AT&T’s 5G and fiber networks. In this low-latency compute and storage environment, businesses can deliver faster, more seamless enterprise and customer experiences. AT&T and Google Cloud are focusing on a multi-year strategy to bring the solution to 15+ zones across major cities, starting with Chicago this year. We expect to roll out the solution next in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and San Francisco.

    “By combining the power of AT&T 5G and Google Cloud technologies, we are helping enterprises create new customer experiences and business services that were previously impossible,” said George Nazi, Vice President, Global Telecom, Media and Entertainment Solutions, Google Cloud. “Together with AT&T, we are committed to enabling our customers to build and deliver next-generation applications, whether on-premise or on AT&T’s leading mobile network.” 


    “With premises-based 5G and network edge computing, we give our customers even greater control of where their data goes and how they use it – at higher speeds and with lower latency. These capabilities allow businesses to deliver unique experiences to their customers, today and into the future,” said Rasesh Patel, Chief Product and Platform Officer, AT&T Business. “We’re bringing forth a new era where the latest technological advancements, including 5G and edge computing, make it possible to transform, innovate and prepare for whatever the future holds.”

    The companies are also working together to evaluate how network APIs could optimize applications, using near real-time network information at the Google Cloud edge. 

    https://cloud.google.com/press-releases/2021/0706/att-google-cloud-5g-edge

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

    Google Cloud expands its network edge ecosystem

    Google Cloud has added more than 20 new partners to its network edge ecosystem, bringing the program to over 50 partners. 

    The partner solutions leverage Google Cloud services and capabilities including Anthos, for use cases like video analytics and smart surveillance, edge data storage infrastructure, artificial intelligence, as well as network management and control. Anthos acts as a consistent platform to deliver these solutions to the network edge.

    New Google Cloud partners include:

    • AirHop Communications will provide its real-time, AI and ML-driven 4G/5G RAN automation and optimization solutions on Google Cloud, helping communications service providers deliver greater spectral efficiency and improved end-user experiences, while helping to reduce costs.
    • Arrikto will deliver its MLOps platform on Google Cloud, helping teams bring models to market more quickly, and deploy ML to the network edge with Anthos and Kubeflow.
    • BitBrew, a Danlaw company, will deliver its Cognitive Edge Compute and 5G Connectivity solutions on Google Cloud, simplifying the connectivity and management of edge devices with Data, OTA (Over The Air) & Analytics services for mobility and smart city initiatives.
    • CARTO will bring its cloud-native geospatial platform to the edge on Google Cloud, enabling communications service providers to accelerate spatial analysis and application development by leveraging data at the network edge, Google BigQuery, and CARTO’s Spatial Extension.
    • Casa Systems is bringing its cloud-native 5G Core with ultra-low latency and multi-gigabit edge computing services to Google Cloud, helping communications service providers reduce end-to-end transport costs and converging mobile and fixed broadband user experiences at the service edge.
    • Ciena will deliver its Adaptive Network and network automation software on Google Cloud, providing secure, high-speed, and elastic connectivity between customers and Google’s edge network.
    • FogHorn is bringing its Lightning Edge Platform and Solutions to Google Cloud, with native integrations providing edge-to-cloud AI and ML services, model retraining and auto publishing to FogHorn edge nodes.
    • F5 will deliver its BIG-IP, NGINX, Shape, and Volterra solutions on Google Cloud, extending secure application delivery, insights, and scale for any edge environment.
    • Highway9 Networks, Inc. will deliver its 5G-ready edge cloud solutions for enterprises on Google Cloud.
    • Keysight will provide its Edge-to-Core test solutions for O-RAN and 5G Core to help customers quickly validate new, cloud-native technologies and will deliver its comprehensive systems analysis capabilities to ensure end-to-end performance and operational efficiency.
    • Kognition AI, a provider of enterprise cyber-physical threat detection systems, will deliver its patented AI software on Google Cloud, helping customers improve operations, increase security, and lower costs.
    • Leverege will deliver its low-cost, massive-scale enterprise IoT solutions for asset tracking, remote monitoring, workflow optimization, and process automation on Google Cloud, with edge use cases across multiple industries.
    • NetApp will help customers manage and access data at the edge by delivering its edge storage infrastructure on Google Cloud.
    • NXN will offer its smart digital services integration and delivery platform, as well as its Command and Insights platform on Google Cloud, providing seamless access to its smart city control platform at the edge.
    • Phenix Real Time Solutions will bring its real-time streaming platform to Google Cloud, enabling customers to deliver broadcast quality content with sub-second latency at a global scale.
    • Prosimo.io will bring its cloud-native Application eXperience Infrastructure to the edge on Google Cloud, helping enable secure and optimized access to applications for users, and simplifying operations and application delivery for businesses.
    • Quantiphi Inc. will deploy its intelligent video analytics and low-latency edge AI solutions on Google Cloud, enabling smart surveillance, improved customer experience, and intelligent operations for 5G service providers and enterprises.
    • Section, an Edge as a Service provider, will apply its capabilities in infrastructure provisioning, workload orchestration, scaling, monitoring, and traffic routing to Google Cloud, helping customers accelerate their edge strategies.
    • Sigmoid will deliver its open-source, real-time analytics and custom-AI solutions for enterprise customers on Google Cloud.
    • Vapor IO will bring its edge-to-edge automation, intelligent colocation, networking, and interconnection services to customers via Google Cloud, helping enable seamless, high-performance delivery of applications to the network edge.
    • VoltDB is bringing its 5G- and IoT-optimized data platform to Google Cloud, empowering companies to deliver game-changing applications that unlock new revenue streams or prevent revenue loss through single-digit millisecond contextual decisioning.
    • ZEDEDA will provide its zero-trust, cloud-based orchestration solution for distributed edge computing to help Google Cloud customers securely scale deployments of any edge application including AI/ML on choice of hardware.

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/anthos/expanding-partner-solutions-at-the-network-edge

    Google Cloud launches IonQ's quantum computing

    Quantum computers from IonQ, a start-up specializing in trapped-ion quantum computing, are now available from Google Cloud Marketplace.

    IonQ’s recently unveiled a 32 qubit system that boasts an average two-qubit gate fidelity of 99.9%, random access, all-to-all gate operations, and an expected quantum volume greater than 4,000,000.

    IonQ's design leverages a linear ion trap that uses tiny electrodes precisely designed, lithographed, and controlled to produce electromagnetic forces to hold ions in place. The company says that because qubits aren't connected by physical wires, every qubit can interact with every other with no intermediary steps. The company has previously disclosed plans to develop modular quantum computers small enough to be networked together in 2023, which could pave the way for broad quantum advantage by 2025.

    “We’re thrilled to make our hardware available for purchase on the Google Cloud Marketplace, and we can’t wait to see the different workloads that developers start running,” said Peter Chapman, CEO & President of IonQ. “This partnership expands the availability and use of quantum computing ten-fold and brings us that much closer to the first killer quantum application.”

    “With availability on the Google Cloud Marketplace, IonQ is making its solution accessible to more customers and developers,” said Amy Bray, Global Head, Google Cloud Marketplace. “We’re committed to making it easy for customers to access, subscribe to, and benefit from partner solutions via our Marketplace, and look forward to working with IonQ.”

    https://ionq.com/

    • IonQ recently entered into a merger agreement with dMY Technology Group to go public at an expected valuation of $2 billion.
    • IonQ’s 11 qubit system is also available via the cloud on both Amazon Braket and Microsoft Azure. 
    • IonQ's co-founders, Jungsang Kim and Chris Monroe, were recently named to the White House’s National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC).
    • IonQ was founded in 2015 by Chris Monroe and Jungsang Kim with $2 million in seed funding from New Enterprise Associates. The company licensed core technology from the University of Maryland and Duke University. 
    • IonQ has also received funding from GV, Amazon Web Services, Samsung, and Mubadala.

    Monday, May 17, 2021

    Colt appoints Google Cloud exec as EVP of Strategy and Transformation

    Colt Technology Services appointed Jaya Deshmukh as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategy and Transformation, reporting to Colt’s Chief Executive Officer, Keri Gilder.

    Jaya joins Colt from Google Cloud, where most recently she held the position of Head of Strategy – EMEA, responsible for creating and curating Google Cloud’s EMEA strategy. She has also recently held roles at Microsoft, PwC and Cognizant, where she was responsible for implementing digital solutions and accelerating cloud consumption to drive customer success.

    Jaya’s appointment follows Colt’s recent announcement of its new three-year strategy, aiming to further develop Colt’s IQ Network through innovation and digitisation.

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    SpaceX to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data centers

    SpaceX will begin to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data center properties, enabling the secure, low-latency, and reliable delivery of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to-date to locations at the network edge via Google Cloud. 

    Under a new strategic partnership announced by the companies, Google Cloud's high-capacity private network will support the delivery of Starlink's global satellite internet service. The partnership will be especially relevant to organizations with broad footprints, like public sector agencies, businesses with presences at the network edge, or those operating in rural or remote areas. Starlink's constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites provides a path for these organizations to deliver data and applications to teams distributed across countries and continents, quickly and securely.


    "Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they're operating in a highly networked or remote environment," said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure at Google Cloud. "We are delighted to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure, and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams up and running."

    "Combining Starlink's high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google's infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect," said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. "We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world."

    This new capability, delivered by Google Cloud and Starlink to enterprise customers, is expected to be available in the second half of 2021.

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Google Cloud hits revenue of $4 billion with a $1 billion operating loss

    Citing elevated consumer activity online and broad based growth in advertiser revenue, Alphabet reported total revenues of $55.3 billion in the first quarter, up 34% yoy. Net income amounted to $17.930 billion for the quarter. 

    Google Cloud revenue amounted to $4.047 billion, up from $2.777 billion a year ago. There was a $1 billion loss for the quarter. The company said it remains focused on revenue growth for Google Cloud. 

    Google Cloud includes Google’s infrastructure and data analytics platforms, collaboration tools, and other services for enterprise customers. Google Cloud generates revenues primarily from fees received for Google Cloud Platform services and Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) collaboration tools.


    Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said: “Over the last year, people have turned to Google Search and many online services to stay informed, connected and entertained. We’ve continued our focus on delivering trusted services to help people around the world. Our Cloud services are helping businesses, big and small, accelerate their digital transformations."

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Google Cloud region opens in Warsaw

    Google Cloud activated a new region in Warsaw, Poland.

    The Google Cloud Warsaw region has three availability zones and offers a portfolio of key Google Cloud products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

    Warsaw joins the existing 24 Google Cloud regions.

    In 2019, Google announced a strategic partnership with Poland’s Domestic Cloud Provider (DCP), which was founded jointly by PKO Bank Polski and the Polish Development Fund.

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/infrastructure/accelerating-cloud-adoption-in-poland-with-key-partnership-and-a-new-cloud-region