On Google Cloud Next, Google announces that its cloud solutions will soon be able to run almost anywhere. An overview of the main announcements.
Next is the annual high mass-specific to Google’s cloud offering. The most striking announcement seems to be Google Distributed Cloud, where it is now possible to run Google’s cloud environment on your own data centre, large or small.
That currently comes in two (announced) flavours: Google Distributed Cloud Edge, where you can process data locally. This can be a PoP (point of presence) from Google and your own edge location, such as a local point of sale, a factory floor, or a local telecom operator. The service is available in preview today.
The second looks like a larger variant but will only be available as a preview in the first half of next year: Google Distributed Cloud Hosted. Companies can now also host sensitive data and processes that have to meet strict security and privacy requirements outside a Google data centre. For this, the company works together with NetApp as its main partner.
It also explicitly refers to partnerships with T-Systems (Germany) and Thales (France) more recently as an example, where a local data centre player will offer Google’s software and services locally.
Google says supporting multi-cloud environments is part of its strategy. The intention is that you can run Google Cloud anywhere in the long run without having to worry about the underlying hardware.
Google also announced that BigQueri Omni is now generally available. This tool should help with complex data management. For example, think of analytics across multiple (non-Google) cloud environments. There is also a preview of Spark, an autoscaling serverless service for Google Cloud.
Around the office tools, there is, among other things, a new Atlassian Jira integration to improve ticketing and monitoring of the platform. In addition, there is a Gmail AppSheet integration to create e-mail apps without programming knowledge, for example, to simplify budget approvals or leave requests. In Google Workspace, there will also be client-side encryption for Meet, with the customer in control of encryption keys.
Google will also continue to partner with Citrix, with a desktop-as-a-service offering running on Google Cloud.
On security, Google announces a new security advisory team, the Google Cybersecurity Action Team, to assist governments and companies in building their cloud solution, using Google’s own practices to keep users as safe as possible. At the same time, a Work Safer program will be launched, which will support both small and large companies and the public sector in setting up hybrid work environments for e-mail, meetings and the exchange of messages and documents. To this end, the company collaborates with CrowdStrike and Palo Alto Networks, among others.
Google is also announcing Carbon Footprint, which makes it possible to measure CO² emissions from your use in the Google Cloud Platform. There is also now Unattended Project Recommender, a function that, based on machine learning, identifies projects in your Google cloud environment that are probably no longer in use. That should make it easier to identify and possibly remove them, saving unnecessary costs.