Getting past cloud cost confusion: How to avoid the vendors' traps and win

Cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google were created to provide compute resources to save enterprises money on their infrastructure. But cloud services pricing is complicated and difficult to understand, which can often drive up bills and prevent the promised cost savings. Here are just five ways that cloud providers obscure pricing on your monthly bill.

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By Jay Chapel, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Monitoring, Vendors.

Intel, Google, Microsoft and more team up for CXL consortium to supercharge data centre performance

Intel, Google and Microsoft are among nine tech giants who have teamed up to launch a new industry group to advance data centre performance.

The group, which also includes Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, HPE and Huawei, is looking at solidifying Compute Express Link (CXL), an emerging high-speed CPU-to-device and CPU-to-memory interconnect. The particular focus is on high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Google Cloud launches new cloud storage plan to give enterprises more scalability options

Google Cloud is looking at helping enterprise organisations avoid bill shock with the launch of a storage growth plan for Google Cloud Storage.

The launch came about after Google noted the ‘astonishing and unpredictable’ rate at which data is created in its storage offerings. This is evidently not for a handful of photos and videos; companies who sign up to Storage Growth Plan are expected to hand over $10,000 per month...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Software, Storage.

Google Cloud acquires Alooma to bolster enterprise data migration capabilities

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian promised an aggressive approach to enterprise cloud strategy going forward – and the company has immediately put its money where its mouth is with the acquisition of California and Tel Aviv-based startup Alooma.

Alooma aims to solve a key problem for enterprise organisations in their move to the cloud by offering a single data pipeline which is able to crunch data from various...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Google, Infrastructure, M&A.

Google Cloud chief Kurian advocates aggressive enterprise sales strategy in opening salvo

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian is looking to give his new employer a stronger enterprise presence – by using old-school sales tactics.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, the former Oracle veteran noted his plan to hire more salespeople, focus more aggressively on large traditional companies, as well as look at fresh deals with systems integrators.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game

American professional basketball team Golden State Warriors will use Google Cloud’s data-crunching technology to improve the performance of the players.

Apart from improving their game on court, the NBA champions will also use Google Cloud to track analytics to crunch scouting reports and better rope in athletes. According to Google Cloud, this data can easily be shared with coaches, staff and players.

It is also reported that the basketball team is planning to host a mobile app on the Google Cloud...

By Cloud Tech, 07 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google.

Google boasts strong cloud performance in Q4 – but is shy over revealing specifics

Updated 1820 GMT Google has claimed that the number of its cloud deals exceeding $1 million has ‘more than doubled’ over the past 12 months in what it called a ‘strong’ year – yet remained reticent in disclosing details over run rates.

The company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results, published late yesterday, saw Google’s ‘other’ revenues – of...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud acquires DORA to bolster DevOps expertise

Google has added a little app expertise to its skillset with the acquisition of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment). The move will aim for the research firm to help ‘continue to create delightful experiences for developers and operators’, in the company’s own words.

DORA said the company’s positioning was a ‘natural fit’ for Google Cloud with both organisations “known for mutual commitment...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Google, M&A, Platform.

Diane Greene to step down as Google Cloud CEO: Analysing the past three years – and the future

Analysis Diane Greene is to step down as Google Cloud’s CEO after three years, the company has announced – with former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over the reins.

Kurian, whose more than 20-year stint at Oracle culminated in leading product development, resigned from the Redwood giant last month having taken a period of leave. In a blog post

By James Bourne, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

ThousandEyes assesses the key performance differences between AWS, Azure and GCP

Plenty of factors have to be taken into account when choosing a cloud provider, from performance to price and everything in between. Indeed, many organisations have gone ahead of this process and are now weighing up more than one cloud provider, assessing which workloads fit best.

When it comes to the combination of price and performance, companies

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

AWS hits $6.7bn in quarterly revenue – as the biggest cloud infrastructure players get even bigger

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit almost $6.7 billion (£5.2bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter – up almost 10% from the previous quarter and marking a 45% jump from this time last year.

Despite Amazon’s overall figures being a slight disappointment for investors and analysts – shares dipped in after-hours trading after total quarterly revenues of $56.6bn missed the $57.1bn target – AWS continues to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene: On becoming a ‘major enterprise player’ – with AI as the heartbeat

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has told an audience in London of her pride at how quickly the company has become a ‘major enterprise player’ – with artificial intelligence (AI) and security the key differentiators to their value proposition.

Speaking at the latest leg of Google Cloud Next’s world tour, Greene explained the increasing importance of AI to the cloud equation – a topic

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud exec laments delayed enterprise focus and chasing competition in farewell post

Former Google Cloud product management lead Amir Hermelin has said the company’s two biggest mistakes were spending too much time chasing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure – and taking too long to realise the value of the enterprise market.

Hermelin, who had been on Google’s cloud team since mid-2012 – in other words, 18 months before Google Compute Engine

By James Bourne, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Google.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google infrastructure-centric: Why the cloud is increasingly ‘magic’

Opinion We hear the term ‘the year of the cloud’ many times. I profess that it is ‘the decade of the cloud’ – and what’s more, we haven’t even really started yet.

Having been in the cloud industry for more than 12 years, and had a wealth of opportunity to engage with business across vertical sectors – from small local businesses to global enterprises and across geographic regions...

By Ian Moyse, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Google Cloud launches container security tool and more at Tokyo jamboree

Google has rolled out a series of cloudy updates in time for its Cloud Next Tokyo event - around container security, in-memory data, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Container Registry vulnerability scanning, launched in beta, looks to prevent the deployment of vulnerable images by automatically detecting known security vulnerabilities during the continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) processes.

Regular readers of this publication will certainly be aware of the importance of security in containerisation and DevOps....

By James Bourne, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Google, Platform.

The key to ‘elite’ DevOps success in 2018: Culture, cloud infrastructure, and abandoning caution

If you think your organisation has gotten serious about DevOps, the bad news is that a small group of companies are raising the bar higher than ever. But things can change depending on how you implement cloud infrastructure.

That is the primary finding from DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment Team) in its most recent State of DevOps report, which polled almost 1,900 global professionals and was put together primarily...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Research.

Why Google needs to make machine learning its growth fuel

  • In 2017 Google outspent Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook on R&D spending with the majority being on AI and machine learning.
  • Google needs new AI- and machine learning-driven businesses that have lower Total Acquisition Costs (TAC) to offset the rising acquisition costs of their ad and search businesses.
  • One of the company’s initial forays into AI and machine learning was its $600M acquisition of AI startup DeepMind in January 2014.
  • Google has launched two funds dedicated solely to AI: Gradient Ventures and the 

By Louis Columbus, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Software.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation to fully operate Kubernetes – with help of Google Cloud grant

Google Cloud is cutting the umbilical cord further when it comes to Kubernetes. The company is helping fund the move to transfer ownership and management of the technology’s resources to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) with the help of a $9 million grant.

The move will see the CNCF, as well as Kubernetes community members, taking responsibility for all day-to-day project operations. This will include testing...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Kubernetes, Platform.

Google Cloud gets up to speed with AWS and Azure with launch of HSM crypto tool

Google Cloud has announced the launch of a managed cloud-hosted hardware security module (HSM) service – joining Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in this security benchmark.

The Cloud HSM will enable customers to host encryption keys and perform cryptographic operations in FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified HSMs, according

By James Bourne, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Google, Security.