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Google Cloud Assembles Dream Team
A new wave of rock star cloud executives are joining Google Cloud as the company makes a strong pivot towards the enterprise market.
The biggest news of the past few months was the announcement that Thomas Kurian was joining Alphabet as the CEO of Google Cloud. After more than twenty years of service as Larry Ellison’s go-to product development and technical wizard, the two apparently could not reconcile core differences in their strategic approaches for Oracle Cloud.
Kurian sees the cloud as an opportunity to host a multitude of vendors’ products in an environment where the best will succeed amidst market competition, spurring innovation and technology advancements along the way. Larry Ellison views the Oracle Cloud as the destination for all of Oracle’s customers to fully adopt the Red Stack and run all Oracle products from the infrastructure layer through applications and in the Oracle Cloud.
It was just announced today that Rob Enslin will be joining Google Cloud as President of Global Customer Operations. This is mind-blowing news, as Mr. Enslin spent the past 27 years at SAP, most recently as CEO of SAP’s cloud program, president of SAP North America, and CEO of SAP Japan while also serving on SAP’s executive board. Mr. Enslin also oversaw the recent $8B Qualtrics acquisition. This is a huge gain for Google Cloud and a gut punch to SAP.
Google Cloud is tired of being the third string in the IaaS cloud wars! The single biggest criticism of Google Cloud to date is that it is not enterprise friendly. I believe with the additions of Thomas Kurian and Rob Enslin, the question becomes not if, but when does Google Cloud close the gap on Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.
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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.