The 10 Biggest Cloud News Stories Of 2019 (So Far)
The cloud computing world was rocked by blockbuster acquisitions, high-profile executive shuffles and groundbreaking partnerships.
1. Google Cloud Makes Moves Under New CEO
Former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian grabbed the reins of Google Cloud with gusto this year, pledging to double down on go-to-market investments, including channel partner programs and sales.
The new CEO of the third largest cloud provider is targeting enterprise customers to narrow the gap with No. 1 Amazon Web Services (AWS) and No. 2 Microsoft Azure. He had a formal coming out at the Google Next ’19 conference in April in San Francisco, where he unveiled a new open-source partnership program and the general availability of the Anthos hybrid and multi-cloud platform, which has capabilities extending beyond customers’ on-premise data centers and Google Cloud to competitors’ third-party clouds, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Google Cloud has announced three acquisitions under Kurian – a deal to buy data migration startup Alooma in February for undisclosed terms, the $2.6 billion purchase of business analytics company Looker Data Sciences in June and the purchase of cloud storage company Elastifile last week (CQ July9), also for undisclosed terms.
Google Cloud also launched a new channel partner program on July 1 that’s designed to make it easier for channel partners to engage with the company and better highlight their expertise to customers. The Google Cloud Partner Advantage program consolidates 16 partner programs under one umbrella and will trigger Google Cloud’s first recruitment efforts to increase its partner ecosystem, according to Nina Harding, Google Cloud’s chief of global partner strategy and programs.
The program focuses on six industries aligned with Kurian’s enterprise push (financial services, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, the public sector, and communications, media and entertainment) and five solution areas (infrastructure, data management, business analytics, packaged applications, and productivity and work transformation).
It includes a new partner portal, new expertises and partner advisors, named Google Cloud contacts that will be assigned to each partner to help them navigate their business with the cloud provider.