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Google Cloud Acquires Looker, Takes Another Step Towards Becoming an Enterprise Cloud Option
Google Cloud is in the process of acquiring data visualization vendor Looker for $2.6B.Adding Looker to the Google Cloud arsenal of capabilities provides a direct competition channel against Tableau, Domo, and Microsoft's Power BI.
Google states the two companies already share 350 common customers, and many of these accounts are seeking a deeper integration between Looker and Google Cloud capabilities such as Big Query. Big Query currently does a great job of crunching massive amounts of data, whereas Looker will provide the ability to package up the analysis results and present them in a user-friendly package.
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Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, remains steadfast in maintaining that Google will not isolate Looker or prevent the current interoperability capabilities with other cloud services. Additionally, Google Cloud will not prevent other data visualization services from competing with Looker on the Google Cloud platform.
The acquisition of Looker by Google Cloud represents forward progress as CEO Thomas Kurian seeks to reshape Google Cloud into a full-service, enterprise-friendly public cloud option. This is likely one step among many acquisitions to come as Google seeks to fill in the gaps in their cloud offering with proven technology providers that align with Google's cloud strategy.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added a new discount model to give customers a quicker on-ramp to savings while locking them into multiple-year term agreements. The latest discount plans are based on annual or multiple-year spend commitments on the AWS platform.
Joshua Burgin, the technical advisor to the senior vice-president at Amazon Web Services (AWS), opened AWS Summit Toronto with jabs at Oracle and Microsoft. AWS wants to position itself as customer-centric, but users of its platform might only end up locked-in to a more beneficent vendor.
It is no surprise that this year’s OpenWorld conference continued to focus on Oracle’s cloud efforts. We dive in to discover if Oracle is doing enough to catch up to the competition of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Office clouds, and Google’s GCP.
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The University of British Columbia is partnering with Amazon Web Services to build a cloud innovation center.
At the AWS Summit in Toronto on October 3, 2019, Amazon Web Services announced a third availability zone (AZ) for Canada Central, to be launched in 2020. A third AZ will provide increased reliability and improved DR capabilities for AWS customers who wish to keep their data in Canada.
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Amazon has unveiled its Quantum Ledger Database service. This service threatens vendors who build bespoke blockchain solutions without peer-to-peer functionality.
AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK) breaks new ground in infrastructure as code. Info-Tech expects infra-as-code tooling to continue to grow more sophisticated.