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Google Cloud Next ’21: The 10 Biggest Announcements

A new Google Cloud solution portfolio, a packaged industry solution called Cloud Intelligent Products Essentials and new integrations and capabilities across the Workspace suite are among the biggest announcements during the Google Cloud Next conference.

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New Google Distributed Cloud Solution Portfolio

Google announced a new solution portfolio of fully managed hardware and software solutions called Google Distributed Cloud. The portfolio is built on the Anthos managed platform for deploying applications on multiple computing environments, including multiple clouds, on the edge and on-premises.

The goal of the portfolio is to help solve problems with moving to the cloud, said Sachin Gupta, Google Cloud’s vice president and general manager of infrastructure. These issues include low-latency environments, the cost of moving large amounts of data for data processing and requirements around security, privacy and data centers.

“This portfolio allows customers to focus on applications and business initiatives rather than the management of your underlying infrastructure,” Gupta said. “In other words, they can just leave the complexity to us.”

The portfolio aims to let customers run applications securely and remotely on and operator environments. Customers can also run the apps on their own data centers, stores, factories and other locations. Launch partners include Cisco, Dell and NetApp.

The first two products under this portfolio are Google Distributed Cloud Edge and Google Distributed Cloud Hosted. Distributed Cloud Edge, which is in preview, can deploy on Google’s 140-plus global edge locations, a communications service provider’s edge or the customer’s edge.

“5G enabled the launch of the gig economy and services like ride-sharing and food delivery,” Gupta said. “We see the power of 5G to unlock a similar wave of innovation by moving these compute workloads closer to the user. Together with our telco partners, we could reduce latency levels and offer a whole new range of mobile experiences that were simply not possible before.”

Google is working with AT&T, Nokia, Ericsson, Orange and other companies on these 5G edge offerings.

Distributed Cloud Hosted, which will be in preview in the first half of 2022, is aimed at users with strict security, data residency and privacy requirements so that they can modernize on-premises deployments without connecting to Google Cloud, he said.

Users can leverage Google’s services for data analytics and container management plus third-party services. Hosted is built on an open source stack with open application programming interfaces (APIs). Unlike Google Kubernetes Engine on-premises, which uses a link to Google Cloud, Distributed Cloud Hosted has a purely local control plane, Gupta said.

 
 
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