Showing posts with label Google Cloud. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Cloud. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Google Cloud launches IBM Power Systems as a service

Google Cloud is now offering IBM Power Systems as part of our cloud solutions.  Customers can run IBM Power Systems as a service on Google Cloud whether using AIX, IBM i, or Linux on IBM Power.

Google Cloud said its service helps organizations implement a hybrid cloud strategy, especially where IBM Power Systems are used for mission-critical workloads such as SAP applications and Oracle databases.

Key benefits for IBM Power Systems on Google Cloud:

  • Integrated billing: available through the Google Cloud Marketplace
  • Private API access: Google Cloud’s Private API Access technology provides access to Google Cloud resources privately, while enabling all IBM Power Systems resources (LPARs) to use private IP spaces. 
  • Integrated customer support: Google Cloud manages customer support with one point of contact for any issues.
  • Rapid deployment: An intuitive new management console enables quick ramp and rapid deployment of the solution.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wayfair extends its e-commerce platform on Google Cloud

Wayfair, an $8 billion e-commerce company that sells furniture and home-goods, has selected Google Cloud as the foundation for its new hybrid cloud strategy.

Wayfair is partnering with Google Cloud to handle the burst capacity needed to successfully run Way Day—the company's annual furniture and home decor sale that brings in thousands of new customers and involves millions of transactions. Wayfair now uses several different Google Cloud solutions—including compute, storage, and networking, data and analytics, and G Suite productivity tools—to enhance a shopping experience that delights customers from product discovery to final delivery.

"As an e-commerce leader, Wayfair has always been committed to improving the shopping experience with cutting-edge technologies, and that's why we partnered with an innovator in the retail technology space like Google Cloud," said Steve Crusenberry, vice president, infrastructure and platform engineering, Wayfair. "Google won us over with the speed, reliability and performance of their technology, but more importantly, their team's willingness to work side-by-side with us at every level to solve our trickiest scaling challenges."

"Retailers face urgent challenges whether it's the need to reach consumers on new channels, integrate disparate systems, or build entirely new revenue streams based on new technology tools like AI and ML," said Carrie Tharp, Vice President, Retail at Google Cloud. "We're proud to partner with Wayfair, one of the fastest-moving and most innovative retailers in the world, on their technology transformation journey."

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Google Cloud adds packet mirroring for network troubleshooting

Google Cloud Platform released to beta a new service that provides packet mirroring for troubleshooting existing Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs).

GCP's Packet Mirroring service supports third-party tools to collect and inspect network traffic at scale, provide intrusion detection, application performance monitoring, and better security controls, helping you ensure the security and compliance of workloads running in Compute Engine and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).



https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/networking/packet-mirroring-visualize-and-protect-your-cloud-network

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Google Cloud’s new Network Intelligence Center adds monitoring

Google Cloud introduced a Network Intelligence Center that provides network monitoring, verification, and optimization across the cloud and on-prem data centers. The idea is to provide enterprises with proactive network operations that can predict and heal network failures, driven by AI/ML recommendations and remediation.

GCP's Network Intelligence Center offers four modules: Connectivity Tests and Network Topology, both in beta; Performance Dashboard and Firewall Metrics & Insights in alpha; with several other modules to follow.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/networking/announcing-network-intelligence-center

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Telecom Italia enters partnership with Google Cloud

TIM is forming a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to deliver cloud and edge computing services in Italy.

The companies will offer of Public, Private and Hybrid cloud services. Also, as part of the agreement, the companies will work together on go-to-market initiatives to help accelerate the adoption of digital transformation technology at Italian businesses of all sizes.

In order to support its own business growth, TIM will heavily invest in its innovation and talent. This investment includes building wholly owned, new state-of-the-art data centers, up to Tier IV level, and hiring or training more than 800 cloud engineers in the next few years.

TIM CEO Luigi Gubitosi stated: “Thanks to the partnership with Google, a world leader in innovation, TIM confirms its focal role in promoting the technological progress in Italy. In the next years, Cloud and Edge Computing will represent two of the key markets that will mostly benefit of the new products and services enabled by 5G technology”.

Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud stated: “We look forward to working together with TIM to boost our support for Italian enterprises in their digital transformation journeys.”

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Google Cloud region planned for Warsaw

Google is looking to open a new data center region in Warsaw to better serve the enterprise market in Poland and the broader Central and Eastern Europe. The new Google Cloud region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions, and will launch with a portfolio of key products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

Google has formed a strategic partnership with Poland’s Domestic Cloud Provider (DCP), which was founded jointly by PKO Bank Polski and the Polish Development Fund. DCP become a reseller of Google Cloud services.

Google Cloud customers are currently served by 20 cloud regions and 61 availability zones.

“This is an important moment for the Polish economy. We are very proud to partner with Google Cloud and to see them bring a new cloud region to Warsaw. Global enterprises are already building their competitive advantage on Google Cloud and now we will be able to offer customers in Poland the same advanced technology available worldwide,” said MichaƂ Potoczek, CEO of Domestic Cloud Provider. “We believe in a multi-cloud strategy. A Google Cloud region, together with our own infrastructure, will allow us to build hybrid services which will bring even more value to our customers.”

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Google enhances its Anthos multi-cloud platform

Google Cloud rolled out its next iteration of Anthos (formerly Google Cloud Services), which is its open platform form managing applications, unmodified, on existing on-prem hardware or in public clouds, including third-party clouds like AWS and Azure.

New Anthos capabilities include:

  • Anthos Service Mesh, which connects, manages, and secures microservices. The service mesh uses high-performance and lightweight proxies to bring security, resiliency, and visibility to service communication. It also brings uniform policies for enforcing service aware network security including encryption in transit, mutual authentication and powerful access controls.
  • Cloud Run for Anthos, which runs stateless workloads on a fully managed Anthos environment. This advances the practice of serverless computing.
  • Anthos Config Management enhancements, which now includes capabilities to help your teams automate and enforce org-specific policies. Binary Authorization, meanwhile, helps to ensure that  only validated, verified images are integrated into your managed build-and-release process.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/hybrid-cloud/anthos-simplifies-application-modernization-with-managed-service-mesh-and-serverless-for-your-hybrid-cloud

Google Cloud's Anthos runs apps on-prem or multi-cloud, including AWS and Azure

Google Cloud introduced Anthos, a new open platform form managing applications, unmodified, on existing on-prem hardware or in public clouds, including third-party clouds like AWS and Azure.

Anthos, which is the new name for the Cloud Services Platform that Google announced last year, is generally available both on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and for private data centers with GKE On-Prem.  Anthos Config Management creates multi-cluster policies that set and enforce role-based access controls, resource quotas, and namespaces—all from a single source of truth. Anthos leverages open APIs and is based on GKE, Google's managed Kubernetes service.

Anthos launches with more than 30 hardware, software and system integration partners. Cisco promises integrations between Anthos and its own data center, networking, and security technologies, including Cisco HyperFlex, Cisco ACI, and Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud and Cisco SD-WAN. VMware, Dell EMC, HPE, Intel, and Lenovo have committed to delivering Anthos on their own hyperconverged infrastructure for their customers.

Google Cloud is also introducing Anthos Migrate in beta, which auto-migrates VMs from on-premises, or other clouds, directly into containers in GKE.

Google Cloud also unveiled Cloud Run, a fully managed serverless execution environment for containerized apps. Cloud Run on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) extends the serverless developer experience and workload portability to a GKE cluster. https://cloud.google.com/anthos/

Monday, July 22, 2019

NTT DATA Becomes a Google Cloud Premier Partner

NTT DATA Services is now a Google Cloud Premier Partner, the highest status a Google Cloud partner can achieve. The companies will undertake joint go-to-market strategy to provide consulting, implementation and managed services to clients seeking digital transformation.

“Being named a Google Cloud Premier Partner highlights our commitment to innovative, strategic relationships that allow us to deliver cloud insights and solutions that drive meaningful outcomes for our clients. Google Cloud’s ecosystem of partners will be strengthened by our vertical industry expertise and technical knowledge, as well as our cloud intellectual property, accelerators and tools,” said Eric Clark, Chief Digital Officer, NTT DATA Services. “Our relationship with Google Cloud underscores our ability to assess cloud maturity, create a strategic plan and architect a cloud transformation that helps maximize business value with responsive, performance-driven digital technology."

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Google to acquire Looker for cloud analytics

Google agreed to acquire Looker, a start-up with a platform for business intelligence, data applications and embedded analytics, for $2.6 billion in cash.

The Looker platform integrates data at web scale. The company claims 1,700 customers, including Amazon, Etsy, IBM, Kickstarter, Lyft, Sony, Spotify and The Economist. Looker is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. Investors included CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Premji Invest, Redpoint Ventures and Goldman Sachs.

“Google Cloud is being used by many of the leading organizations in the world for analytics and decision-making. The combination of Google Cloud and Looker will enable customers to harness data in new ways to drive their digital transformation,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “We remain committed to our multi-cloud strategy and will retain and expand Looker’s capabilities to analyze data across Clouds.”

“The combination of Looker and Google Cloud advances our mission that we undertook from the beginning — to empower humans through the smarter use of data,” said Frank Bien, CEO, Looker. “Now, we’ll have greater reach, more resources, and the brightest minds in both Analytics and Cloud Infrastructure working together to build an exciting path forward for our customers and partners. Together, we are reinventing what it means to solve business problems with data at an entirely different scale and value point.”

https://looker.com/

Monday, June 3, 2019

Google Cloud outage attributed to configuration change

The widescale outage experienced by Google Cloud Platform on 02-June-2019 was caused by a configuration change that was intended for a small number of servers in a single region but was mistakenly applied to a larger number of servers across several neighboring regions, according to a blog posting by Benjamin Treynor Sloss, VP, 24x7, Google.

Google says the disruption caused a 10% drop in global views of YouTube during the incident, while Google Cloud Storage measured a 30% reduction in traffic.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/inside-google-cloud/an-update-on-sundays-service-disruption

In a follow-up report tracking the Google Cloud outage, ThousandEyes said its monitoring data indicate that connectivity and packet loss issues impacted Google network locations in the eastern US, including Ashburn, Atlanta and Chicago. High packet loss conditions radiated out to Google’s network edge.  However, most GCP regions were unaffected by the outage, including regions in the US as well as in Europe and elsewhere.

More: https://blog.thousandeyes.com/google-cloud-platform-outage-analysis/



Sunday, June 2, 2019

ThousandEyes captures visualization of Google Cloud outage

From its monitoring network of 249 global vantage points, ThousandEyes detected the global outage with Google Cloud Platform beginning around 12-12:15pm PT.

ThousandEyes experienced 100% packet loss trying to reach a service hosted in GCP USwest. All traffic dropped at the edge of Google's network.

Angelique Medina, ThousandEyes product marketing director, stated: “ThousandEyes can confirm Google’s report of network congestion as a likely root cause of Sunday’s massive 4-hour outage, as we started seeing elevated packet loss in Google’s network as early as 12pm PT between sites on the eastern US, including Ashburn, Atlanta and Chicago, and various Google-hosted services. These issues started to impact users globally approximately 20 minutes prior to their public announcement of the issue, showing an early indication of what was to come. For the majority of the duration of the 4+ hour outage, ThousandEyes detected 100% packet loss for certain Google services from 249 of our global vantage points in 170 cities around the world. Starting at around 3:30pm PT, we started to see services slowly become reachable again, and the issue appeared to fully resolve by 4:45pm PT.”

https://www.thousandeyes.com/






Monday, May 6, 2019

ServiceNow form strategic partnership with Google Cloud

ServiceNow and Google Cloud announced a strategic partnership for delivering native support for ServiceNow’s IT Operations Management (ITOM) in Google Cloud Platform. The partnership will also deliver real-time language translation in ServiceNow’s IT Service Management  (ITSM) solution leveraging Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities.

This partnership aims to make the Now Platform truly multi-cloud with the ability to support customers wherever their workloads reside - on-premises and across the major cloud vendors.

The companies said they are also working on additional AI and ML capabilities around document, speech and image understanding.

“This partnership is designed to accelerate our customers’ shift to the cloud and deliver digital workflows that unlock productivity and create great experiences for employees and the enterprise,” said Pablo Stern, senior vice president and general manager of IT Workflows at ServiceNow. “Joint customers will get the best of both worlds: a seamless experience that maximizes the value of cloud investments and the ability to harness the power of artificial intelligence for everyday work. I look forward to continuing the drumbeat of innovation as we work together to make the world of work, work better for people.”

“This partnership is natural; Google Cloud and ServiceNow will deeply integrate, enabling enterprises to optimize their cloud investments,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Partner Ecosystem at Google Cloud. “Our customers will be able to seamlessly connect what’s happening across IT and take action across Google Cloud.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Google Cloud offers ice cold archive storage

Google Cloud announced new archive class of Cloud Storage designed for long-term data retention as an alternative to tape storage.

Pricing starts at $0.0012 per GB per month ($1.23 per TB per month).

Access and management are performed via the same APIs used by Googles other storage classes, with full integration into object lifecycle management. Data in Cloud Storage is always redundantly stored across availability zones with 11 9’s annual durability.

Google Cloud also announced the general availability of Cloud Filestore, a managed file storage system that’s built for high performance. Cloud Filestore’s premium instances will now provide increased read performance up to 1.2 GB/s throughput and 60k IOPS.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/storage-data-transfer/whats-cooler-than-being-cool-ice-cold-archive-storage

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Google Cloud teams with partners for "Open Cloud"

Google Cloud committed to bring open source to the next level by announcing strategic partnerships with the following companies

Confluent: Founded by the team that built Apache Kafka, Confluent builds an event streaming platform that lets companies easily access data as real-time streams.

DataStax: DataStax powers enterprises with its always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra and designed for hybrid cloud.

Elastic: As the creators of the Elastic Stack, built on Elasticsearch, Elastic builds self-managed and SaaS offerings that make data usable in real time and at scale for search use cases, like logging, security, and analytics.

InfluxData: InfluxData’s time series platform can instrument, observe, learn and automate any system, application and business process across a variety of use cases. InfluxDB (developed by InfluxData) is an open-source time series database optimized for fast, high-availability storage and retrieval of time series data in fields such as operations monitoring, application metrics, IoT sensor data, and real-time analytics.

MongoDB: MongoDB is a modern, general-purpose database platform that brings software and data to developers and the applications they build, with a flexible model and control over data location.

Neo4j: Neo4j is a native graph database platform specifically optimized to map, store, and traverse networks of highly connected data to reveal invisible contexts and hidden relationships. By analyzing data points and the connections between them, Neo4j powers real-time applications.

Redis Labs: Redis Labs is the home of Redis, the world’s most popular in-memory database, and commercial provider of Redis Enterprise. It offers performance, reliability, and flexibility for personalization, machine learning, IoT, search, e-commerce, social, and metering solutions worldwide.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/open-source/bringing-the-best-of-open-source-to-google-cloud-customers

Thursday, April 4, 2019

CoreSite offers 10G access to Google Cloud’s Dedicated Interconnect

CoreSite is now supporting Google Cloud’s Dedicated Interconnect product in both their Los Angeles and Denver markets. This service from Google Cloud allows enterprise and network service providers that are collocated with CoreSite to directly connect to Google Cloud Platform through 10 Gbps  fiber interconnects.

The  dedicated Interconnect offers guaranteed uptime of 99.99%.

“CoreSite is pleased to announce the availability of direct fiber interconnection to Google Cloud Platform, providing our customers with a dedicated, flexible and high-performance solution to optimize their evolving cloud and connectivity requirements,” said Maile Kaiser, Senior Vice President of Sales at CoreSite.

In addition to Dedicated Interconnect in CoreSite’s Los Angeles and Denver markets, CoreSite customers are able to connect directly to Google Cloud Platform via the CoreSite Any2Exchange in Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. Additionally, customers may access Google Cloud Platform from all of CoreSite’s markets via its network-rich ecosystem of providers or through its inter-site connectivity in select markets. CoreSite offers numerous inter-site connectivity options including lit transport solutions and dedicated dark fiber.

CoreSite’s Any2Exchange is the second-largest Internet exchange in the United States and is the largest Internet exchange on the West Coast. With CoreSite’s Any2Exchange, customers can make secure, SLA-backed, low-latency connections over one port and at a variety of speeds (including 1Gbps, 10Gbps, and 100Gbps) with direct peering to Google Cloud Platform. Customers connecting directly to Google Cloud Platform benefit from reduced congestion and routing issues, reduction in transit costs, lower latency and reduced complexity, all while having access to connect and peer with over 400 participating members.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Google encrypts Kubernetes secrets with Cloud KMS

Google Cloud, which was already encrypting data at rest by default, including data in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), is adding application-layer secrets encryption using the same keys in its hosted Cloud Key Management Service (KMS).

Application-layer secrets encryption, which is now in beta in GKE, protects secrets with envelope encryption: secrets are encrypted locally in AES-CBC mode with a local data encryption key, and the data encryption key is encrypted with a key encryption key managed in Cloud KMS as the root of trust.

Google Cloud said the new capability provides flexibility for specific security models.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/containers-kubernetes/exploring-container-security-encrypting-kubernetes-secrets-with-cloud-kms


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene at Google Cloud

Thomas Kurian will succeed Diane Greene as head of Google Cloud beginning in January.

Kurian currently serves as President of Product Development at Oracle. He has an MBA from Stanford and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton.

Greene has led the division since December 2015. In a Google blog post, Greene says she will now dedicate time to mentoring women entrepreneurs and focusing on education.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Google Cloud Platform expands its enterprise networking

Google Cloud Platform introduced several additions to its enterprise networking portfolio.

Cloud NATBeta - a Google-managed Network Address Translation service that lets enterprises provision application instances without public IP addresses while also allowing them to access the Tnternet for updates, patching, config management in a controlled and efficient manner. Outside resources cannot directly access any of the private instances behind the Cloud NAT gateway, thereby helping to keep your Google Cloud VPCs isolated and secure.

Firewall Rules LoggingBeta - allows enterprises to audit, verify, and analyze the effects of firewall rules. For example, it provides visibility into potential connection attempts that are blocked by a given firewall rule. Logging is also useful to determine that there weren't any unauthorized connections allowed into an application. Firewall log records of allowed or denied connections are reported every five seconds, and can be exported to Stackdriver Logging, Cloud Pub/Sub, or BigQuery.

Managed TLS Certificates for HTTPS load balancersBeta - load balancing customers can now deploy HTTPS load balancers, Google taking care of provisioning root-trusted TLS certificates for you and manage their lifecycle including renewals and revocation.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/networking/simplifying-cloud-networking-for-enterprises-announcing-cloud-nat-and-more

Google Cloud Storage adds regional replication

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) introduced more data storage replication options within regions and between regions. This allows customers to move large data sets across regions using Google infrastructure for ensuring availability and business continuity.

Some highlights:

  • A new dual-regional option for replicating data, which is especially beneficial for analytics or big data workloads. Customers are able to write to a single dual-regional bucket without having to manually copy data between primary and secondary locations. 
  • Nearline and Coldline data now geo-redundant in multi-regional locations, raising the availability of archival data stored this way. 
  • A new look coming for Cloud Storage choices.
  • A new Cloud Storage C++ library so developers can customize their applications.
  • A new dual-regional option available in beta



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