Extending the Value of Hadoop and Spark with a Cloud-based Managed Service

With the growth of data and the focus on becoming more data-driven, many organizations have turned to Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark as their big data and analytics framework to store and process their data. While the solutions are quite powerful, to effectively manage a constantly evolving infrastructure that must continue to meet the demands of a modern business, it can quickly become a logistical and administrative nightmare. With the understanding that organizations have plans to adopt cloud technology and one of the top use cases for existing IaaS and PaaS users is for data analytics, the idea of leveraging an Hadoop- and Spark-based managed service in the cloud is quite appealing.

Topics: Google Next Data Management

HYCU Introduces BaaS for Google Cloud

Right on the heels of GoogleNext '18 (see ESG’s event coverage here), HYCU announced a new solution focused on protecting data assets in Google Cloud  (see HYCU's announcement here).

Topics: Data Protection Google Next

Google's New Cloud Strategy Highlighted at Google Next '18 (Video)

The latest moves in Google's cloud strategy were on full display during Google Next '18. What I saw was a company that is maturing in its focus on cloud for businesses, with a focus on Enterprise support and new efforts in hybrid cloud. Below is a video review of Google Next '18 with myself and other ESG analysts. For a more detailed analysis of the show, please read my research brief on Google Next '18 on the ESG Interactive Research Portal (subscription required).

Topics: Google Next Cloud Platforms & Services

Google NEXT - Democratizing Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Going into Google NEXT, I expected announcements across the entire cloud business. Between their recent (positive) financials, customer traction and (more importantly) growth, and a rapidly expanding list of offerings and managed services, I expected announcements to focus on what I view as their areas of differentiation: foundational built-in security by design, commitment to open-source technologies in their own and across clouds, core AI and ML solutions and services that are embedded/ integrated across GCP services, and easy-to-use cloud-native collaboration products in GSuite. While I’ll let my colleagues share their thoughts on security, mobility/devices, and dev/ops, I’ll be focusing my recap on analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Topics: Google Next Artificial Intelligence Data Management Internet of Things

Thoughts from Google Next 2018

I was at Google Next last week in San Francisco and had the opportunity to attend a few sessions and meet with industry friends and some interesting companies. The event was packed like a major airport in a storm on the day before Thanksgiving! 

It was very clear that more than ever, Google has its sights on the enterprise market. It could be seen from many different perspectives, with its many offerings like the Chromebook enterprise product lines from multiple vendors, to sessions focused on AI in the Google cloud, cloud security, and many other topics.

Topics: Google Next Data Protection

Google Intends on Making GCP the Most Secure Cloud Platform

I attended my first Google Next conference last week in San Francisco and came away quite impressed. Clearly, Google is throwing more of its engineering prowess and financial resources at GCP to grab a share of enterprise cloud computing dough and plans to differentiate itself based upon comprehensive enterprise-class cybersecurity features/functionality.

Topics: Google Next Cybersecurity

What's Next? Google Next!

Next week in San Francisco I will join a few thousand of my closest friends at Google Next 2018, which promises to be a fantastic event. I am very interested in learning more from Google Cloud’s data protection and compliance team and meeting with old and new industry friends. Many vendors will be at the event, and I look forward to meeting and/or catching up with a few of them, among them, in no particular order: Veritas, Actifio, Cohesity, Elastifile, SpinBackup, Spanning, NetApp, CloudLanes, Rubrik, CTERA, and more companies I look forward to discovering or re-discovering.  Stay tuned for ESG coverage of the event and post-event blog.
Topics: Data Protection Google Next

What to Watch at Google Next '18 (Video)

Google Next '18 is Google's annual show focused on their cloud offerings. Once again, I'll be going to the show and I have a quick video previewing what I think are the key things to watch at Google Next '18. I think there will be some exciting announcements around hybrid cloud, containers, and more enterprise offerings. Watch the video below and, during the show, tweet to me @edwinyuen if you have questions, and if you are at the show, reach out to me to meet face to face. And look for a summary blog from me after the show for my analysis of the key announcements.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Google Next

Google Next: An Enterprise Awakening for Google Cloud

When I talk with companies and vendors about public cloud, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are always at the forefront of discussion. Right behind them is always a discussion of Google Cloud. Google Cloud is separate from the other two because everyone expects that Google will become a force in enterprise IT but the question is when and how. I think that we have now seen the enterprise cloud awakening of the slumbering giant called Google.

This week is Google Cloud's Next 2017 conference in San Francisco and I've seen a number of key shifts in Google's strategy in enterprise IT. This can be broken out into several areas:

Topics: Google Next Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services