Google Brings Cloud Services Together Under ‘Google Cloud’ Brand
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Google is bringing its broad portfolio of cloud products together as “Google Cloud,” one of several updates to Google’s cloud, apps, and infrastructure products announced by Google Cloud SVP Diane Greene at the company’s Horizon event on Thursday. Among the announcements, Google told attendees to expect 8 new regions for Google Cloud Platform to go live next year.
Google Cloud is the complete collection of Google Cloud Platform, G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work), machine learning tools and APIs, enterprise maps APIs, and even the Android and Chrome devices that access it all. The components are integrated and new SLAs are drawn up for any price point, the company said.
Google Cloud will also offer up a team of engineers to help enterprises “migrate, deploy, and evolve.”
Cloud Machine Learning is now generally available, and Google is rolling out education and certification materials to go with it. As with the all-in-one Google Cloud, Cloud Platform will add engineers to help customers take advantage of its fancy toys without sacrificing reliability, which Google says helped scale Pokémon GO for Niantic through its massive launch.
G Suite consists of a dozen apps, from Gmail to Admin, under the headings “Communicate,” “Store,” “Collaborate,” and “Manage.” Quick Access is a machine learning feature which has been added to Drive to predict what file is needed, which Google says cuts the time employees spend looking for files in half. Calendar will now provide suggestions for meeting times based on the schedules of all involved. Natural language processing has been added to Google Sheets to allow spreadsheets to translate a question into the formula producing the answer.
Docs research capabilities and Slides layouts have been upgraded, and Google has launched Team Drives and Meetings to early adopter programs.
“From the beginning our suite was built on the idea that when people can work together easily from anywhere, they accomplish more,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, Vice President Apps, Google Cloud, in one of a flurry of blog posts detailing the updates. “Machine intelligence has been improving the user experience in our apps for a decade, and the pace is accelerating. These updates to G Suite help employees take back the time they spend on repetitive tasks and help teams break down silos and connect even when they can’t be in the same place. With our focus on machine intelligence and our commitment to transforming the workplace, there’s much more to come.”
Google Cloud Platform will become available from Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, North Virginia, São Paulo, London, Hamina (Finland), and Frankfurt in 2017, with more regions to be announced next year.
Google Container Engine (GKE) is being updated to the recently launched version 1.4 of the Kubernetes open-source container management system, and Google will support the new version’s improved Cluster Federation, making deployment across multiple clusters and multiple clouds easier.
Google has broadened BigQuery’s compatibility, integrated identity and access management, and its support for Standard SQL has reached general availability.
In addition to this wave of bundling, updates, launches and expansions, Google recently announced a series of cloud service moves to appeal to enterprises, including an integration with Box, upgraded database capabilities for Cloud Platform, and Compute Engine support for customer-supplied encryption keys.