HYCU Doubles Down on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

The HYCU team has been busy in the past few quarters. A number of updates to its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) backup solution have taken place following the introduction of the innovative BaaS offering, with billing integration and advanced backup controls for example. HYCU has also expanded its reseller network and is actively targeting the enterprise space. 

Topics: Data Protection Google Next

An On Ramp to Digital Transformation: How Google Next '19 Changes the Game

With the dust just settling from Google Next ’19, let me just say, there is a lot to unpack. If you had a chance to read my preview blog last week, you will have seen that I had two questions going into Google Next, and wow, did they ever answer them.

Before the event I wanted to know if Google was helping its customers transform digitally, and not simply giving them a solution once the transformation was complete. Well, enter Google Anthos.

Topics: Storage Google Next

Is Google NEXT Enterprise-ready?

As the ESG team gears up to attend Google NEXT, these are some of the hot spots we will be focused on:

  • The first and most obvious will be to see what stakes Thomas Kurian is driving into the ground to help drive Google Cloud execution in the market and candidly to see how they intend to close the gap with AWS and Microsoft Azure.
  • Google NEXT has historically scored an A on technology and a C on a clearly defined message and execution strategy into the enterprise. My observation is that attendees participate in Google NEXT because they see great things with the technology but have historically walked away without a clear path to simple things that are highly relevant to enterprise IT--e.g., virtual machine migration, basic cloud readiness assessment, and relevance of legacy IT that is anchored to on-prem infrastructure and process.
Topics: Enterprise Mobility Google Next Cloud Services & Orchestration

Looking Ahead to Google Next 2019

With Google Next 2019 coming up, there are a few items I’m looking forward to hearing about.

First and foremost, I’m excited to hear from the new GCP CEO Thomas Kurian and what his vision and plans are for the organization over the next 12-18 months. I think many in the industry understand some of the steps Google needs to make to become the cloud powerhouse it desires to be, with arguably the largest being a greater focus on hybrid cloud enablement. I think we caught a glimpse of that with the Alooma acquisition. I’m hoping to hear more about the plans for Alooma, where/how it will be integrated and some roadmap details on deeper integrations across GCP services.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Google Next

Ready for Google Cloud Next? Two Questions before the Event

Next week is Google Cloud Next. Are you ready? Before we get inundated with all the cloud news over the next few days, I thought I would take a moment and share the two questions that are framing my expectations for the event next week in San Francisco.

  • What steps is Google taking to lead the IT and Business transformation? The cloud and innovative data services offered by Google are changing what is possible for businesses to achieve with their data. What is on the plate for 2019? And what should businesses be doing to position themselves to maximize what Google has to offer? How is Google helping them?
Topics: Storage Google Next

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: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Google Next

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 Services & Orchestration

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: Internet of Things Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Google Next

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: Data Protection Google Next