New features for Google Cloud spring from company’s significant IT resources
Google LLC has a history of generating new products from the tools it uses to run a vast global information-technology network. Several of its more recent new cloud product and service releases appear to have been created with the idea that its customers will take full advantage of the company’s sizable infrastructure.
Google Cloud VMware Engine was built inside Google to allow customers to run VMware as-a-service on top of the cloud provider’s infrastructure.
“We built this as-a-service so customers can easily use services like BigQuery to begin extracting data and insights,” said June Yang (pictured, left), general manager of Google Compute at Google Cloud. “We want to help do the heavy lifting around infrastructure so that a customer can simply consume our infrastructure-as-a-service. We’ll do the plumbing work and allow our customers to innovate on top of that.”
Yang spoke with Stu Miniman, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the Google Cloud Next OnAir event. She was joined by Shailesh Shukla (right), vice president and general manager of networking at Google Cloud, and they discussed steps the company has taken to strengthen global web traffic pipelines and a new partnership to bridge enterprise networks with multiple clouds.
New subsea cable
Mindful that its customers are being attracted to the strength of Google’s infrastructure, the company has recently taken steps to enhance the pipelines that carry internet traffic around the globe. Currently, 98% of all international web transmission is handled by subsea cables, according to Google.
“We announced a new subsea cable called the Grace Hopper, which will run between the U.S. on one side, the U.K. on the other and Spain on another leg,” Shukla said. “It will allow for significant new capability between the U.S. and Europe.”
Google has also recently built additional bridges by meshing software-defined wide-area network connectivity with apps that run on Google Cloud, on-premises or other clouds through a partnership with Cisco Systems Inc.
“It’s one of the first in the industry which creates an automated end-to-end solution that intelligently and securely bridges enterprise networks to any workload across multiple clouds and to other locations,” Shukla said. “Many customers choose Google Cloud for the scale, reach, performance and elasticity that we provide.”
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