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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.
Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges 775% for Teams in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing – Part 2
Experiencing issues when using Microsoft online services? You are not alone. Capacity constraints were being hit, pre-COVID-19, and usage has surged in regions with enforced social distancing.
Google has announced a premium support plan for its cloud customers, promising a 15-minute response to the highest severity tickets. Google’s cloud has long struggled with enterprise customers – especially when compared to giants Microsoft and AWS – and this announcement is the latest incarnation of Google’s push to better serve a critical constituency.
Microsoft Announces Expansion of Azure Canadian Infrastructure, Offers Data Residency and High Availability
In January, Microsoft announced what it’s calling “the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure” since 2016. Additional availability zones and services will increase capacity for cloud-hungry Canadians, and the addition of an Azure ExpressRoute site in Vancouver will guarantee security and performance in a regulated jurisdiction.
Microsoft’s announcement that server-side encryption with customer managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available is welcome news for security-minded public cloud customers. Managing one’s own keys in a cloud environment can be an important step in complying with regulatory requirements, and this new feature should open Azure Managed Disks to a wider group of customers who may have held back for this reason.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided its customers with better options for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Customers will have to consider which works best for their needs.
AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring gives customers more visibility for out-of-band traffic inspection. This feature is another useful tool for monitoring in the AWS cloud.
Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges Over 700% in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing: How Could This Impact Your Organization?
Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.
Microsoft has added six months of additional support to Windows 10 Enterprise and Education 1709. This will help reduce pressure to upgrade and provide support in the interim as companies focus on business continuity plans due to COVID-19.
Microsoft’s deep pockets and Financing division can save your IT budget. If your Enterprise Agreement is coming up for renewal in the next six months, we will likely be in an economic downturn.