Interpreting the 100 Announcements from Google Next 2017

Google Cloud Next 2017, Google’s cloud computing and developer conference, concluded on March 10 and, boy, were there a lot of announcements.  

The event took place in San Francisco and brought in over 10,000 attendees from across the tech world. But the big story comes in the form of 100 announcements regarding Google’s cloud computing offerings.

Let’s dive into some of the notable updates.

Acquisitions
AppBridge

This one makes clear sense. The Vancouver-based company specialized in assisting other companies in transferring data to the Google Cloud platform. Now Google will have additional tools to help businesses deploy data and applications.

Kaggle

Kaggle is a community platform where data scientists and developers crowdsource machine learning software programs. The two have united to build up Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence software capabilities and offer machine learning training.

Security

Google Cloud’s security offerings gained significant functionality, most of which are focused on multi-factor authentication. It now offers beta versions of its identity-aware proxy server and data loss prevention features.

New tools include Google Vault for eDiscovery software and data lifecycle management, Titan as an authentication-focused security chip, and key management tools for the cloud platform.

Data

Google has dropped a number of new analytics programs and database services. The applications mainly focus on commercial offerings for managed databases. It also includes new developer tools for Java development and open-source database-application support.

Its new database service offerings revolve around new cloud and Microsoft SQL features. The coolest, though, is Cloud Spanner, the first horizontally scalable relational database software service.

Development

There are four new GCP developer platforms: AppEngine Flex, Cloud Functions (beta), Firebase and Cloud Container Builder. The first is really just an expansion of Google AppEngine to include new developer communities. Cloud Functions is a serverless development environment and Firebase is a new storage component.

Cloud Container Builder is a new standalone tool designed to build and deploy Docker containers on GCP. It’s also offering Google Community Tutorials for people to request developer support for Google Cloud users.

Infrastructure

Most of the infrastructure announcements are just the locations of new datacenter regions (California, Montreal and the Netherlands). Google has a new (beta) cross-project networking tool which is a virtual network for multiple-tenant deployments.

Partnerships

There is a long list of new partners and partner updates, 31 to be exact. Some notable partnerships include new Gmail add-ons, a Coursera educational partnership, Check Point Security for GCP and Rocket.Chat’s new translation API.


Security was definitely a major portion of the announcements. New applications were the first updates mentioned after acquisitions, and many partnerships focused on data security.

Infrastructure news was a bit underwhelming, but its new strategic partnership with Rackspace is worth noting. It seems cloud computing platforms aren’t afraid of teaming up to combat other behemoths like AWS and Azure.

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