Google Cloud Platform — Tech Nuggets — June 2021

Welcome to Google Cloud Platform Technology Nuggets. We look at all the announcements in the previous month and highlight a few articles to read along with our own commentary.

Updates from Google I/O

Our annual developer event Google I/O was held on May 18–20 and saw a great set of announcements ranging from Android, WearOS, Flutter, Tensorflow and of course Google Cloud. Specifically speaking of Google Cloud, there were announcements in areas of AI, Serverless and Google Workspace. You can read the summary but more specifically, check out the Cloud Developers guide to I/O that contains links to the sessions and workshops, which are now available on-demand. If you’d like to try a hands-on lab, feel free to go for any of the Cloud codelabs from the event.

Customer Stories

Our Customer stories this month focuses on how 6 customers chose to run their SAP Workloads on Google Cloud Platform with the transformation and benefits that they are seeing today.

Check out our SAP solution site for more information on SAP on GCP and our customers.

Anthos Updates

We have published a number of articles on Anthos and we have aggregated them for you in an easy to reference blog post, titled Anthos in depth, that covers our articles published in our hybrid and multicloud development series. An interesting article that we want to highlight here tackles a common situation once you’ve bought Anthos. What do you do next to build that momentum? We cover six initiatives to start your Anthos Day-1 journey.

If you are looking to get started with learning Anthos, check out our Anthos 101 series.

Security Updates

Cloud Armor, our Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection and Web-Application Firewall (WAF) service on Google Cloud, saw an update with the introduction of Google Cloud Armor Managed Protection Plus. The updates include: A machine learning powered service to detect Layer 7 attacks, Curated rules to simplify the deployment of effective access controls for your applications , a 24/7 DDoS Response support and DDoS Bill Protection, where customers will be able to open a claim to receive a credit in the amount of the bill spike due to a DDos attack.

Do check out our post that lists down best practices to protect your organization against ransomware attacks. In this article, we list down 5 pillars of protection (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover) as identified by NIST in their Cybersecurity Framework and give you information on how various Google Cloud Services help you to achieve that.

Google Cloud has also published CISO Perspectives: May 2021, that provides a good roundup of cloud security and industry highlights.

Big Announcements from Data Cloud Summit

The Data Cloud Summit, held on May 26, brought together leading companies to share how they are using Google Cloud to build their data clouds. The summit saw key new product announcements and updates to multiple services. You can check out the list of announcements here. We’d like to highlight a few here:

  • Dataplex : Centrally manage, monitor and govern your data across data lakes, data warehouses and data marts, and make this data securely accessible to a variety of analytics and data science tools from a single view.

We also announced Vertex AI, an AI Platform that simplifies the process of building, training, and deploying ML models at scale.

The sessions from Data Cloud Summit are available on-demand.

Bonus : A handy guide to product offerings across Cloud Service Providers and Compute Engine #Sketchnotes

We have a handy new guide to product offerings across Google Cloud, AWS and Azure. This is a revamped version of our earlier document but this time with the ability to filter in a specific area that you are looking at, e.g. Compute. Check out the blog post, which lists other useful resources like 2-minute guide to various GCP services and describing each Google Cloud Product in 4 words or less.

Our core compute offering, Compute Engine, gets its own sketchnotes. Learn about this service, key use cases, pricing and how it works.

Stay in Touch!

Have questions, comments, or other feedback. Do send it across.

Looking to keep a tab on new Google Cloud product announcements? We have a handy page that you should bookmark → What’s new with Google Cloud.

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