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Thomas Kurian’s 12 Biggest Statements On Google Cloud

“We are focused…on building a long-term business for Google and for Alphabet,” Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said. “I’ve always told our team if we delight customers, if we provide them with capability they couldn’t get in any other way, and if we provide them solutions to important business problems that they have, we’ll be fine.”

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It’s been about 14 months since Thomas Kurian formally took the reins as Google Cloud’s CEO in February 2019. Kurian met with CRN last month for an exclusive interview at the No. 3 cloud computing provider’s Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters.

The former longtime Oracle executive spoke about his first year leading Google Cloud, fielding questions on its top selling points over top-ranked Amazon Web Services and Microsoft -- which include customers’ abilities to leverage the broader capabilities of Google and parent company Alphabet – and channel partners’ role in its transformation and growth plan.

“In every industry, we see customers wanting to adopt digital technology either to lower cost, grow their top-line revenues or they bring products in certain markets,” Kurian told CRN. “And we at Google are using our cloud platform as a vehicle to deliver digital solutions to them. Partners are a super important part of this. We've always said that we can create value together with partners who want to build solutions on top of our platform and enable customers with solutions.”

Kurian also spoke about his first-year achievements at Google Cloud, its hybrid and multi-cloud Anthos platform, and Google Cloud’s acquisition strategy, 5G opportunities and commitment to G Suite.

What follows is an edited version of the interview.

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