Google Cloud Next ’17 – Day 2

Compared to the first day, Day 2 brought out the fireworks.  I’m not sure why Google didn’t start with this lineup but then again why is Google Google.  To start, Urs Hölze announced that Google Cloud was opening up 3 new regions — California, Montreal, and Netherlands. For us, opening up an space in Montreal seems shows that Google has officially joined the “herd” and followed Microsoft and Amazon Web Services north of the border.  Knowing Google’s interesting perspective on data residency and privacy it will be interesting to see how Canadian’s react.  We also got to see a high level demonstration of Cloud Spanner, Google Cloud’s globally distributed, high-performance database service.  During some of the previous sessions, Google’s own employees admitted that this service isn’t for everyone and will be significantly more expensive compared to Cloud SQL and other database services.

Overall, some of the sessions on bots, AI, machine intelligence and APIs were interesting.  I confess that I was enthralled by Anand Jhingran’s session where he spoke about the future of APIs and AI and the interactions and growth areas in the years ahead.   I also liked that Google Cloud finally confirmed that supporting Windows is critical to compete and they said “not only will supporting Windows be okay, we will make Windows great on our cloud.”

Here are some of the other announcements continuing some of the major themes of the event – security, analytics, machine learning, and G-Suite tools including the following:

Cloud Functions Beta: used to create event driven applications and micro services that let you build and connect different cloud services with code.

Titan, a Google designed security chip: this chip can be used to establish hardware root of trust allowing authentication at the hardware level.  Similar to Intel’s Trusted Module Platform.

Hangouts Meet and Chat: video conferencing and basically a Slack competitor.

Quick note, it is interesting to see that Slack is continuing to come under pressure from another large provider. It will be interesting to see how fast the uptake can be. I would suggest Microsoft, assuming they build it right, will have the advantage as Office 365 and the possibilities of integration are pretty great.  I know there are G-Suite believers out there but so far this guys isn’t one of them when it comes to the total package.  I still love my Gmail account but when I need to create marketing materials, presentations or implementing more advanced administration for our company Office 365 has it.  Also, have you seen Words new editing tools.  Word can practically write documents by itself now. 🙂

More to come as Day 3 progresses.

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