Google Cloud investigates automated customer service practices after complaint

Google Cloud Platform has said it will conduct a detailed review of its abuse prevention processes after a customer complained about its treatment.

The unnamed customer, who works in the renewable energy industry, wrote in a Medium post that the company was a few days away from ‘losing everything’ after Google’s automated system pinged it for questionable activity.

Those who get pinged will receive a variety of emails...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud opens up in Finland, uses natural cooling for sustainability

Google Cloud is now open for business in Finland, making it the 16th region to launch across five continents.

The move was first announced at the start of the year when Google significantly expanded its infrastructure, with five new regions and three subsea cables. Facilities in the Netherlands and Montreal have already been opened, with Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Switzerland – the latter

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud cameo steals the show at Cisco Live with partnership update top of the agenda

It’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world all right. At Cisco Live US in Florida yesterday – the company’s flagship jamboree of all things networking – CEO Chuck Robbins was all but upstaged by Google Cloud chief Diane Greene.

Robbins is more than happy to let the great and good share the stage with him at Cisco’s events – Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live Las Vegas

By James Bourne, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Google Cloud launches sole-tenant nodes for improved compliance and utilisation

Google Cloud has announced the launch of sole-tenant nodes on Google Compute Engine – helping customers in various industries around compliance in the process.

The new service, which is currently in beta availability, gives customers ownership of all VMs, hypervisor and host hardware, going against the traditional cloud use case of multi-tenant architecture and shared resources.

“Normally, VM instances run on physical hosts that may be shared by many customers,” explained Google’s Manish Dalwadi and...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Compliance, Google, Infrastructure, Security.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud hyperscaler capex spend goes into overdrive in Q1, argues Synergy

If you want to challenge the leading cloud infrastructure providers, you are going to need some seriously deep pockets. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, hyperscaler cloud capex spending hit a record $27 billion (£20.1bn) in the most recent quarter.

The top five spenders in the industry remain Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, with Alibaba, IBM, JD.com, NTT, and Tencent comprising the top 10.

Google kicked off the quarter by announcing

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Google aims to simplify its cloud storage with One plan

Google’s focus on the enterprise side of cloud has been strong in recent months – but it has by no means neglected the consumer arena either with a new storage plan and price cuts to match.

The company has announced the launch of Google One, a premium tier cloud storage offering aimed at replacing paid consumer Google Drive plans. The new service includes options ranging to 30TB, alongside access to Google experts for customer service, and added perks, such as credits on Google Play, or select...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Software, Storage.

Google Cloud aims squarely at enterprise with Velostrata acquisition

Google is set to acquire enterprise cloud migration provider Velostrata, citing the Israel-based company’s ‘technical strength’ as key alongside potential capabilities for their customers around advanced data analytics and machine learning.

Velostrata’s primary goal is to speed up enterprise’s cloud transitions through what it calls ‘real-time agentless workload streaming’ – in other words, decoupling compute from storage without an effect on performance....

By James Bourne, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Migration.

Google Cloud to launch in Switzerland, furthering global expansion

Google Cloud is already expanding into five new regions this year – and now Switzerland can be added to the list.

The move to open facilities in Zurich will mean Google has half a dozen regions in Europe, taking the overall total of existing and announced regions to 20. The Swiss zones will open in the first half of 2019, Google said.

“Customers in Switzerland will benefit from lower latency for their cloud-based workloads and data, and the region is also designed for high availability, launching with three...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

AWS and Microsoft bask in strong financials – but is AI the battleground for the next ‘cloud wars’?

Amazon and Microsoft have joined IBM and Google in reporting its quarterly numbers – and the good news just keeps on coming for the hyperscalers and the cloud market in general.

Amazon announced total revenues of $51 billion (£36.9bn) in the first quarter, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing $5.4bn (£3.94bn), or 10.6% of all revenues. This compares favourably with this time last year, AWS hitting $3.66bn of total revenues of $35.7bn in Q117, with AWS passing $5bn for the first time

By James Bourne, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Economy, Google, Microsoft, Vendors.

Google Cloud securing ‘larger, more strategic’ deals as latest financials announced

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says his company’s cloud operations are ‘growing well’ with larger, strategic deals in place as more impressive financial results were revealed.

The company’s parent, Alphabet, posted Q118 financials earlier this week with $31.15 billion (£22.3bn) in total revenue for the quarter. Advertising revenues were at $26.6bn, while ‘other’ revenues – of which Google Cloud is a part – hit $4.35bn, a 35% increase on this time last year....

By James Bourne, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Google.

Netflix ‘testing waters’ with Google illustrates how it’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world

Updated 1700 BST: Netflix has always been considered the poster child of Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployment – but the streaming and entertainment giant is utilising Google Cloud for certain workloads.

According to a report from The Information (paywall), citing sources close to the company, Netflix is using Google’s cloud for several functions, from disaster recovery to artificial intelligence.

The report...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Google achieves 100% renewable energy target – becoming first public cloud to do so

Google has touted itself as the first public cloud provider to run all its clouds on renewable energy.

The company, which says it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world – almost three times as much as Amazon and Microsoft, its primary cloud rivals – has been working to attain this goal for the best part of a decade.

With the belief that 2017 would be the year the ‘road to 100%’ would be completed, the company ramped up its efforts. 2016 saw Google’s...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud beefs up security on GCP, G Suite and more in major update

Google Cloud has unveiled major security revamps to its portfolio, across Google Cloud Platform (GCP), G Suite, Chrome Enterprise, and more.

The company has made 20 announcements in total in conjunction with the CEO Security Forum in New York. GCP had no fewer than eight notes, with alpha services around security perimeters and cloud asset management the highlights.

VPC Service Controls aims to stop identity mismanagement, misconfigured policies and compromised virtual machines by creating a security...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Google, Security.

Google Cloud announces healthcare APIs and updates – as Apple and Spotify revealed as customers

It has been an interesting week or so for Google Cloud, both directly and indirectly. The company has announced new APIs, updates and customers for its healthcare cloud initiative, while other high-profile customers have been disclosed.

At HiMSS, the healthcare information and management systems society conference, Google launched a new cloud healthcare API, which is better equipped to focus on data types such as HL7, FHIR and DICOM, and also allows customers to crunch the numbers using analytics and machine...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Google, Infrastructure, Security.

HubSpot adopts Google Cloud to expand international cloud infrastructure

Inbound marketing software provider HubSpot is adopting Google Cloud to expand its international cloud infrastructure.

HubSpot will use the Google Cloud Platform Frankfurt region to provide outage and data protection, as well as support local customer data.

The company has long since been a customer of Google, particularly G Suite, with integrations for Google Calendar, Gmail, AdWords, Docs, and Drive being among the most popular among HubSpot users.

Kerry Munz, director of engineering and platform...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Google makes its cloud TPU chips available in beta for machine learning expertise

Google has announced that its cloud tensor processing unit (TPU) chips are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform, aimed at speeding and scaling up specific machine learning workloads.

The company claims that using the new chips will help train business-critical machine learning models in hours rather than days or weeks. The units will utilise TensorFlow, the open source machine learning framework, with up to 180 teraflops of floating point performance – in other words, being capable of handling 180...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Software.

Microsoft aims to snare Box, Dropbox and Google customers with new OneDrive deal

Look out Box, Dropbox and Google – Microsoft is offering free OneDrive to customers of its cloud storage rivals in an attempt to poach them.

The move was announced on an official Microsoft blog yesterday. The company will offer free OneDrive for Business to Box, Dropbox and Google customers with a couple of caveats; the organisations must not currently be OneDrive for Business or Office 365...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Storage, Virtualisation.

Google Cloud expands infrastructure with five new regions and three subsea cables

Google Cloud has announced its latest infrastructure expansion plans, opening five new regions this year and commissioning three subsea cables in 2019.

The first quarter of this year will see data centre facilities opened in the Netherlands and Montreal, with Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong to follow, while the cables will cover four continents respectively.

The first cable, Curie, will make Google the first major non-telecom company – in their words – to build a private intercontinental...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud launches low-cost preemptible GPUs

Google has announced the launch of GPUs attached to preemptible VMs, offering a 50% discount – but with a catch.

As with the preemptible VMs, first announced in 2015 but with prices significantly lowered in August last year, resources can be used for a maximum of 24 hours. In addition, Google Compute Engine can shut them down with a 30 second warning. The ideal place for these instances is distributed, fault-tolerant...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.