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Thomas Kurian’s 5 Biggest First-Year Changes at Google Cloud

Here's a look at Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian's five biggest moves after one year in charge.

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The Anthos Rollout

Kurian took what was a cloud business in search of a strategy and gave it one with Anthos, Google Cloud’s hybrid and multi-cloud platform.

Launched last April, the fully managed Anthos allows customers to write an application once and deploy it across their data centers, Google Cloud and rival third-party clouds, including AWS and Microsoft Azure.

"It can be hard to turn a ‘battleship,’ but once you do, you have a ‘battleship’ pointed in the right direction,” said Miles Ward, chief technology officer at SADA Systems, a Google Cloud Premier Partner based in Los Angeles. “Google Cloud is deeply aligned behind the vision for Anthos. We're watching them pull out all the stops on engineering. We are incredibly excited about the increasing value Anthos is delivering to users and the future for this crucial product line."

Kurian sees Anthos as one of Google Cloud’s major differentiators when it comes to the competition and said it’s generating strong interest among customers and channel partners. Anthos adoption spans industries, with customers including KeyBank, Kohl’s, HSBC, Kaeser Kompressoren, DenizBank and OpenText.
“We are seeing a lot of customer interest on ensuring that they can build applications and decouple where they're building the application and where it can run,” Kurian said. “It's the choice that it gives it gives them. They don't have to fragment their existing skill set, because you can train your people on one technology and have it work everywhere. Anthos also provides you the ability to manage consistently: You can manage security, you can manage operationally across clouds. That's also a big value proposition.”

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