Google Cloud Next features distributed cloud, integrator moves

Google Distributed Cloud could cut data sovereignty compliance costs for partners' customers, while global integrators roll out offerings for Google Cloud.

Google Cloud has unveiled offerings to make cloud deployments more viable for partners with customers facing data sovereignty challenges.

At Google Cloud Next, an online event running Oct. 12-14, the cloud provider introduced Google Distributed Cloud, a hardware and software offering that extends Google Cloud to edge locations and customers' data centers. Google Distributed Cloud uses Anthos to handle cloud management and orchestration.

The company also showcased developments such as Looker-Tableau integration and a PostgreSQL interface for Google's Cloud Spanner database.

The need for distributed cloud

At the event's keynote address, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian explained the rationale behind Google Distributed Cloud.

"Some workloads cannot move to the public cloud entirely," Kurian said. He cited the need for large amounts of local data processing among customers with low-latency demands and strict regulatory requirements.

Google Distributed Cloud Hosted, one of two initial products within the Google Distributed Cloud portfolio, builds upon the company's digital sovereignty strategy and aims to support customers with data residency needs. Google Distributed Cloud Hosted is scheduled for availability as a preview in the first half of 2022.

It's the sustainability angle that piqued the interest of Miles Ward, CTO at SADA, a Los Angeles-based business and technology consultancy and Google Cloud Premier Partner. Building a cloud system that supports data sovereignty has proven challenging, considering customers' other cloud demands such as reliability and cost efficiency, he noted.

Creating an independent cloud environment traditionally would require a large physical footprint and racks of equipment. However, Google Distributed Cloud would shrink the "control point for Anthos down to fit inside of a standard installation," Ward said. The technology pushes down the cost of digital sovereignty in the cloud, he noted.

Miles Ward headshotMiles Ward

"[Google Distributed Cloud] is a pretty critical move forward," Ward said.

Partners also cited cloud management as a plus for Google Distributed Cloud.

"The agility -- time to deliver a project -- and ease of management within the cloud will now be available via the Anthos management platform for any deployment of applications," said Paul Lewis, CTO at Pythian, an IT consultancy and MSP. Pythian is a Google Cloud Premier and Specialization Partner.

He said Google Distributed Cloud aligns with his clients' strategy of diversified developments, in particular complex applications that have an ecosystem of utilities and may not be economically or architecturally ready to migrate or modernize.

[Google Distributed Cloud] is a pretty critical move forward.
Miles WardCTO, SADA

The other part of the Google Distributed Cloud lineup is Google Distributed Cloud Edge, which is available in preview. The product is geared to run local data processing and low-latency edge compute workloads, according to Google. It's also suitable for rolling out private 5G/LTE offerings, the company said.

SIs bring Google Cloud offerings

Also at Google Cloud Next, the cloud vendor highlighted global systems integrators that have brought their own IP or co-innovation resources to its cloud.

HCL Technologies, for example, is offering its DRYiCE iAutomate runbook automation product on Google Cloud Marketplace. Wipro, meanwhile, took the wraps off a Google Cloud co-innovation center in Bangalore, India. The center combines Google Cloud with Wipro's FullStride Cloud Services.

Other partner developments include Infosys bringing its Cobalt industry offering for digital transformation to Google Cloud and Tata Consultancy Services launching its TwinX digital twin platform on Google Cloud.

Cloud consultancies, in particular, have been making product development and IP an important part of their strategies.

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