While infrastructure-as-a-service has existed for more than a decade, the market for cloud computing still has substantial room for growth: Worldwide spending on public cloud services will reach $186.4 billion this year, according to Gartner, yet remains just a fraction of overall IT spending.Recognizing this, Google on Tuesday unveiled the Cloud Services Platform, an integrated family of cloud services designed for organizations with workloads that remain on premise. The platform made its debut on the first day of the Google Next cloud conference in San Francisco. The Cloud Services Platform "allows you to modernize wherever you are and at your own pace," Chen Goldberg, director of engineering, said to reporters last week. By accommodating the reality of hybrid IT, Goldberg said, Google is "catering to the needs of IT organizations today and in the future."In a nutshell, the Cloud Services Platform puts IT resources -- including both on-prem and GCP resources -- into a consistent … [Read more...] about Google unveils Cloud Services Platform, a family of cloud services
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Video: Is cloud computing being politicized?Cloud computing is being politicized in a hurry and how public relations, hashtag activism and the technology buying process shakes out is going to be interesting to watch.Let's look at a few recent events:The American Civil Liberties Union along with Amazon shareholders have urged Amazon to get out of the surveillance business. At issue is Amazon's Rekognition service, which uses facial recognition to identify people. Amazon Web Services sells to governments and the technology won't be put to good use, argued the ACLU.Microsoft took heat for counting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as an Azure customer. In a statement, Microsoft said that its technology isn't being used by the agency to separate children from families at the border. The New York Times reported that Microsoft employees were protesting working with ICE at all. Rest assured that technology giants will be under increasing scrutiny if their cloud services are … [Read more...] about Google, Microsoft, Amazon: Are they responsible for government use?
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Ted S. Warren/AP Images Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure are the top two players in cloud computing and are likely to remain so, a new report indicates. IT decision makers surveyed for the report say they're more familiar with both services than their rivals, and that customers are more likely to ramp up their spending with Amazon or Microsoft. Cowen, which issued the report, pointed to it in upping its price targets for both Microsoft and Amazon on Wednesday. Their dominance of the space isn't going to change anytime soon, if new research from Cowen is any indication. Companies of all kinds — small, medium, and large — are rushing to embrace the cloud. But customers of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure are more likely than those of other services to ramp up their spending this year, Cowen found. "AWS and Azure scored well across the board" in the survey, the Cowen analysts said in a report issued Wednesday. "Both … [Read more...] about Amazon and Microsoft look poised to keep dominating cloud computing
Prachi Bhardwaj, provided by Published 2:23 pm, Monday, May 14, 2018 Google is changing up its cloud storage options and upgrading all consumers paying for Google Drive storage to a new service called Google One in the next few months. The new service is going to come with expert assistance, user benefits, family plan options, and slightly different rates from its current Google Drive plans. Corporate accounts won't be affected, but Google said it's working towards making Google One available to users taking advantage of the 15GB of free space. Google's paid cloud storage service is getting a big makeover. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Apple Admits it Uses Google's Cloud for iCloud Last month, the company updated its iOS Security Guide to include information that iCloud services rely on the Google Cloud Platform. Before the January update, Apple uses remote data storage systems from Amazon and Microsoft, as stated in the online document. It is unclear when … [Read more...] about Google is ‘upgrading’ paying users of its Google Drive cloud storage service to something called Google One: Here’s what that means (GOOG, GOOGL)
Google has announced that it’s building a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Switzerland, its sixth region in Europe. Based in Zürich, the new Swiss region will constitute three separate zones — as with most of its other GCP regions around the world — and is expected to open in early 2019. This will serve Europe in addition to its existing regions in the Netherlands, London, Frankfurt, and Belgium, while a new region is scheduled to open in Finland this year too. It’s worth noting here that Switzerland isn’t a European Union (EU) member country, and has slightly different privacy regulations to other EU member states. Indeed Swiss privacy law is considered to be among the strongest in the world, and is one of the reasons why companies such as encrypted email provider ProtonMail have set up shop there. It’s not clear whether Google will use its Zürich GCP region as a selling point for companies around the world … [Read more...] about Google announces Cloud Platform region in Zurich, its 20th globally