Google Cloud Platform — Tech Nuggets — July 1–15, 2021

Welcome to the July 1–15, 2021 edition of Google Cloud Platform- Technology Nuggets.

Certification Update

We have launched a new Certification Cloud Digital Leader certification, that tests an individual’s general knowledge and understanding of cloud, independent of a specific technical role. Check out the certification page for more details.

Infrastructure

Our 2nd Cloud Region in India, Delhi NCR has gone live. This will act as a great boost for Indian customers who need a second region in the country for highly available workloads and for compliance and data sovereignty reasons.

Our GCP Network now spans 26 Regions across the world. Check out our Google Cloud locations page.

In other news, our Migrate for Compute Engine, gets a significant upgrade with the goal of making the migration process easier to manage. Migrate for Compute Engine (MCE) V5 is now available as a Managed Service and it does away with the need to install any migration specific resources in the Cloud. Simply enable the Migrate for Compute Engine API in your GCP project and deploy the Migrate Connector in the on-premises environment. Read more here.

Have you struggled setting up Cloud Monitoring Dashboards and deciding which Services to monitor, what metrics to capture, how to place the charts, etc. Well help is on your way via our library of Cloud Monitoring Dashboards. As the blog post says “These sample dashboards are now available directly from your Cloud Console under the Cloud Monitoring section. You don’t have to programmatically create them anymore — all of the samples are available with just one click!”

Finally, as part of our Intelligent Cloud, we introduced Predictive Autoscaling, which uses your instance group’s CPU history to forecast future load and calculate how many VMs are needed to meet your target CPU utilization.

Customer Story

Our customer Wunderkind is a performance Marketing channel that caters to online retailers and publishers. The need for flexibility and high scale demand put a stress on their legacy database system. They moved to Google Cloud and utilized BigTable to help them with these requirements. Check out the story of how they made it happen.

Analytics & AI/ML

First up, if you are looking for a summary of announcements in our Analytics offering, look no further than this post, which captures new features across BigQuery, Dataflow, Data Fusion, and more.

There are a couple of interesting posts in this cycle, that we would like you to take a look at:

  • If you are interested in building a Data Lake, run this across your on-premises setup and in the cloud and retain your choice of tools (to avoid lock-ins) via OSS offerings like Spark, Presto, etc., check out this article that gives you an architecture and step by step reference implementation for the same.
  • Organizations running data initiatives have no shortage of tools that help to collect, process and analyze data. However, to achieve true democratization of data and allowing teams with the right access controls to access the datasets, perform analysis and visualization, we provide an overview of how you can achieve a Unified Data Analytics Platform with BigQuery and Looker.

Choosing the right technology stack for your AI/ML initiatives is not a simple task. In this article, Lak Lakshmanan, takes you through the choices and focuses on key use cases like Predictive Analytics, Unstructured Data, Automation and Personalization.

Dialogflow CX Competition and Native App Development Skill Challenge

Google Cloud Dialogflow is our Conversational AI platform for building virtual agents (chatbots) that run in web sites or multiple other messaging platforms. Dialogflow CX is the new version of Dialogflow and provides more intuitive and powerful ways to design conversational experiences. If you are looking to learn Dialogflow CX, we have just launched a competition that helps to not just learn but earn some prizes along the way.

Google Cloud provides developers with powerful serverless application development services ranging from Firebase, Cloud Run and more. We invite you to join us for a 30-day Skills Challenge on Native App Development to help to learn about these services. A Skills Challenge is a series of guided Hands-on labs that you complete and then do a final challenge lab that tests your skills.

Bonus

Firestore is a flexible, scalable NoSQL cloud database to store and sync data for client- and server-side development. Check out this developer sheet to learn more about Firestore.

Stay in Touch!

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