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Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian On 10 Hot Topics: Deutsche Bank Technology Conference

Donna Goodison

Kurian speaks about Google Cloud’s four ‘flavors’ of partners and its differentiated platform offering, security posture, multi-cloud and vertical market strategies, and data analytics strengths among other topics.

The Importance Of A Multi-Cloud Strategy

When the internet was (emerging) years ago, imagine you had certain web pages that only showed up in Microsoft’s browser and other web pages that only showed up in Netscape’s browser, and yet another set of web pages that only showed up in Firefox. You wouldn’t have the internet. And so from our point of view, cloud is going to be a transformational infrastructure. People should be able to develop their applications and run them on any cloud of their choice, but not be locked into the cloud.

Secondly, they should be able to use infrastructure from multiple companies in concert. They can use data from Google along with other technology from other cloud providers side-by-side, and you should be able to manage multiple clouds, their security and operational requirements in a much more consistent way.

Lastly, particularly as technologies like 5G come out, the need to distribute processing closer to the user leads to things like edge cloud. And increasingly we see that carriers, many of whom we work with, want a much more portable infrastructure for the edge. So this notion of an open cloud that allows choice for multiple companies is now helping us solve real problems.

We’ve got…(customer) J.B. Hunt in the transportation and logistics market. They wanted to continue to containerize and move their applications and have choice in adopting technology from multiple companies. (Telecommunications company) TELUS, in their network operations, wanted to use our cloud to transform their network, but they wanted to build their technology in a much more modern way, using modern cloud-native technology, and that allows them to use a much more open architecture.

You’ve been reading about some outages that occurred with some of the cloud providers in Japan recently. Many companies ask us can they run their workloads across multiple cloud providers to provide, for example, better resilience and reliability. Our design center has been able to facilitate that to make that possible for people and then let them choose the best cloud provider for their need.

 
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