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New products, services aplenty at Google Cloud NEXT '19

Arsi Agnitasari

The Jakarta Post

San Francisco, United States  /  Thu, April 11, 2019  /  04:11 pm

Over 30,000 people gathered at the Moscone Center on Tuesday to attend the three-day Google Cloud NEXT ‘19 conference in San Francisco, California, the United States, slated to run until April 11.

Here are some important updates shared by the tech giant during the first and second day of the conference:

Introducing Anthos

If you can’t beat them, join them. The phrase seems fit, if not a bit exaggerated, for the new Google Cloud product announced during the first keynote. Dubbed Anthos, the new product shows how Google will compete with other cloud players such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Anthos boasts a new open platform that allows customers to manage work across several different cloud platforms. It is said to simplify the workload of developers on-premises and in the cloud in a consistent way, to answer the top three things that customers wanted in the cloud, which includes a single programming model for any cloud.

“If you are using multiple computing environments, Anthos is the choice for you,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the first keynote of the conference.

New markets for Google Cloud

The conference continued with the announcement of new markets for the Google Cloud Region, which include Seoul and Salt Lake City in the US.

The company stated that it would continue their support for global companies like Samsung and LG CNS in Seoul, as well as healthcare and financial services in Salt Lake City, which serve as the biggest sources of demand in the areas.

Google Cloud services for the two new areas is set to be launched in 2020.

Read also: Google to launch cloud service in Jakarta in 2020

Google continues to upgrade

On a mission to help people shift to the cloud by using the best infrastructure, Google has also upgraded its technology in the past year. 

During this year's conference, the company announced its Google Cloud Run as the latest part of its serverless compute offering that will take care of customers' infrastructure management.

Making his debut at the event, the new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian mentioned several achievements in the past year, which include growth in terms of partners and developer certification.

“Google invests an enormous amount of money and technological skills in building the most sophisticated data center in the world,” Kurian said on Tuesday.

Regarding the Indonesian market, Google stated that the training program for 100,000 developers in the country was slated to be completed in 2020. 

Guaranteeing security posture

“How are you going to improve my security posture once I’m on the cloud?” is among the things enterprises always ask when talking about Google Cloud, according to Tim Synan, the head of Google Cloud Southeast Asia in Jakarta in March.

To answer such a question, Google has always highlighted that security is something that they have built in from the start, not applying it later.

“Your data is your data and only your data,” said Urs Hölzle, Google SVP of technical infrastructure, during the Google Cloud NEXT ‘19 conference on Wednesday.

Regarding the matter, Google boasts the only cloud that provides Access Transparency, a feature of Google Cloud that aims to increase customer trust and allows them to verify that the company will only access their data for business purposes.

Kurian added that Google has no backdoor access to customer data in regard to security and privacy matters. “No one at Google will access your data without your permission. You can use your encryption keys to encrypt your data."

User protection services

On the second day of the conference, Google introduced two brand new Google Cloud user protection services. The first one is a beta version of protection to the common cybercrime of phishing, which allows users to report unsafe URLs to Google Safe Browsing to prevent hackers from obtaining sensitive information such as emails and passwords.

The second one allows enterprise costumers to have their own reCAPTCHA Enterprise feature to defend their website against fraud, which was built using a technology designed to address enterprise security needs. (dev/kes)

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