Google Cloud Platform — Technology Nuggets — January 1–15, 2022 Edition

Happy New Year ! Welcome to the January 1–15 2022 edition of Google Cloud Technology Nuggets.

Make a New Year Resolution to learn GCP

If one of your resolutions in 2022 is to learn GCP, you can get off the blocks immediately with 3 learning programs tailor made to help you achieve that:

  1. Register by January 31, 2022 and claim 30 days free access to Google Cloud Skills Boost to complete the Getting Started with Google Cloud learning path.
  2. Attend the Getting Started Cloud OnBoard on January 20 for a comprehensive Google Cloud orientation.
  3. Join Cloud Study Jam on January 27, where Google Cloud experts will walk you through a hands-on lab included in Google Cloud Skill Boost’s, Getting Started with Google Cloud learning path.

For more details, check out the blog post.

If there is one article that I would recommend to read in this edition is the one titled “Are you a multicloud engineer yet? The case for building skills on more than one cloud”, which builds the case for each one of us to consider building skills on more than one cloud provider. The article brilliantly makes the case by establishing the premise that multi-cloud is here to stay and suggests to look at one cloud provider as your primary skill (go deep) and choose a second cloud provider platform to learn (go broad). Unlike most articles, it gives you actionable guidance on how to go about it, by suggesting core topics and concepts that are common to all, possibly looking at a professional certification and more. Do take a look.

Customers

A new episode in the series titled ‘Architecting Cloud Solutions’ covers Independent Health Group, where they share their insights into a Data Warehouse Migration Strategy and things to consider in a Data Migration.

The key thing to note in the Data Warehouse Migration strategy is the choice of platform that will not only integrate various sources of data but can scale with increasing data volume in the future and act as a provider of data for multiple downstream applications.

If you would like to check out the entire Architecting Cloud Solutions series, check out this video playlist.

Containers and Kubernetes

In our story on Containers and Kubernetes, we take a look at the journey of Geotab, a provider of fleet management hardware and software solutions. Geotab needed to serve its customers at scale, in various geographies with strict data security and jurisdictional requirements. The post describes their journey to running all their services on GCP, specifically GKE and then multi-cluster GKE services.

Data Analytics

There is a brand new 2-part series on Data Governance, that dives into what Data Governance is about, the processes that are part of it and most importantly, the technologies that help to achieve that. The first part of the series is published and it covers the role of data governance, why it’s important, and processes that need to be implemented to run an effective data governance program.

Identity and Security

Are you applications more secure when they are running on-premise or in the Cloud? The Cloud definitely has a lot going for it in this argument but you always run the risk of not configuring your applications securely in the cloud. It is a shared responsibility after all. Google Cloud puts security at the top of the list with Zero-Trust principles, Defense at Depth, a top security team and more. Additionally, this post also identifies 8 industry mega trends that Google Cloud continues to adopt and which strengthens its security posture beyond on-premise. The megatrends range from Economies of Scale, Shared Fate, Software defined infrastructure, Sovereignity and more.

Continuing on the topic of security, how does a board address questions across security? Here is a list of 10 questions to help Boards safely maximize their cloud opportunities.

Serverless App Development

Eventarc is GCP’s managed platform that helps you build event-driven architectures, by letting you asynchronously deliver events from Google services, SaaS, and your own apps using loosely coupled services that react to state changes. The goal is to eventually link multiple events from various services and deliver them to destinations.

Eventarc has seen a lot of development and the latest blog post goes into some updates that have been released. Top of the list is an Eventarc UI, right in the main menu, this helps you to look at the various triggers that you have configured in the system and the source and destination platform/configuration.

Prior to the recent update, there was just one destination available for Eventarc i.e. Cloud Run. Cloud Run for Anthos is the new addition in the list of destinations. Check out the post for more details.

Let’s learn about GCP

If you were to build your next application on GCP, would you use serverless or fully managed services available on the platform? If you read that carefully, you might be debating if there is any difference between them? I for one have at times, used these words to describe the same capability at times. As Priyanka Vergadia, writes in the article, there are some key differences between Serverless and fully managed services and she explains that via some of the GCP Services. Take a look.

Top 10 posts of 2021

There were several Top 10 blog posts of 2021 published on Google Cloud Blog and these were published across various categories like Infrastructure, Data Analytics, Security and more. I am listing down a few posts, should you want to do a recap of some of the top stories of 2021 on Google Cloud Blog:

Stay in Touch!

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

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