🗂 Link: What is Google up to with Anthos? More toys dropped for Kubernetes-style hybrid cloud

The answer is that Anthos is not really a technology, but more of a brand, a wrapper around Google’s cloud crown jewels, Kubernetes (K8s).

And:

In a nutshell, Anthos is the GKE (Google Kubernetes Engine) deployed on-premises in a certified configuration (via hardware suppliers such as Dell and HPE), with an agent installed that maintains an encrypted connection to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). That agent lets you manage your Anthos cluster and its workloads from the GCP console, deploying and scaling applications. Anthos relies on good connectivity to GCP – for example, using Google Cloud Interconnect.

Source: What is Google up to with Anthos? More toys dropped for Kubernetes-style hybrid cloud

Link: Google debuts migration tool for its Anthos hybrid cloud platform

Anthos applications are deployed in software containers, which are used to host the individual components of each app and make them easier to work with. The main benefit is that developers get to use a single set of tools to build and deploy their apps, and push through updates as necessary, no matter what infrastructure those apps are hosted on. Kubernetes makes it easier to manage large clusters of containerized apps.

Source: Google debuts migration tool for its Anthos hybrid cloud platform

Link: Google Maps now displays bike-sharing stations worldwide

Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich.

Source: Google Maps now displays bike-sharing stations worldwide

Google Cloud stuff

A brief overview:

The expansion centers around Google’s new open-source hybrid cloud package called Anthos, which was introduced at the company’s Google Next event this week. Anthos is based on – and supplants – the company’s existing Google Cloud Service beta. Anthos will let customers run applications, unmodified, on existing on-premises hardware or in the public cloud and will be available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and in data centers with GKE On-Prem, the company says. Anthos will also let customers for the first time manage workloads running on third-party clouds such as AWS and Azure from the Google platform without requiring administrators and developers to learn different environments and APIs, Google said. 

And from an interview with Kurian:

So for us to grow, the primary thing is to scale our go-to-market organization. And we’re very committed to doing that. We just need to hire and train and enable a world class sales team at scale.

Today we have a great sales team, but we are far fewer in number than the other players. We just need to expand that. And as I talked to customers, they asked us to, one: expand our sales organization and our go-to-market teams. Second: specialize (that sales team) with deep expertise in technology and in industry. And third: make it easy to contract and do business with us. We are extremely committed to doing all three of them.

Also, from the product bucket:

Google also announced Anthos Migrate, a beta service that automatically moves virtual machines running on on-premises or other cloud providers into containers on GKE. Assuming it works, that’s a much easier path to the cloud for companies worried about breaking mission-critical applications during the move.

And, a good round up of analyst Tweets.

Every cloud providers, every tech vendor, wants to go up the stack, close to The Business where there’s more money to be had:

During his keynote, Kurian referred to Google Cloud as a “digital transformation provider” – he didn’t say an ‘IaaS alternative to AWS and Azure’. In fact, Google Cloud is open to the fact that enterprises may use multiple IaaS providers (more on that later). Kurian is clearly making a play for Google Cloud to become an enterprise technology vendor that has deep skin in the game with customers, focused on meaningful outcomes, rather than just a pay per usage alternative to other IaaS vendors.

They’re trying a more open source company friendly approach, adding in some popular databases as a service:

Initial technologies include those from open source database system providers Confluent, MongoDB, Elastic, Neo4j, Redis Labs, InfluxData and DataStax.

Also, see the very well written Anthos documentation.

Link: Google’s new cloud chief has a culture clash ahead of him after 22 years at Oracle

But when it comes to the big storage and core computing contracts, numerous industry experts, venture capitalists and tech executives alike told CNBC that Google’s sales team is ineffective, preferring to sell what it thinks is best rather than what customers say they need.

“You don’t get paid to be right, you get paid to sell what the customer wants to buy,” said Mackey Craven, a partner at venture firm OpenView Venture Partners in Boston who focuses on enterprise start-ups.
Original source: Google’s new cloud chief has a culture clash ahead of him after 22 years at Oracle

Link: Google making private cloud stuff

Google is responding to enterprise computing needs by making custom-designed computers to run in organizations’ own data centers, reports The Information. The computers include server, storage and networking functions specifically for “a handful of large customers,” according to two sources close to the project in the report.
Original source: Google making private cloud stuff

Link: GKE On-Prem

Networking considered hard: “The amusing thing is that they wanted to connect a GKE On-Prem install running on VSphere for the demo. They could not get a public IP, so they just used MiniKube. Frankly, I think the demo at #GoogleNext2018 was far more amazing connecting MiniKube.”
Original source: GKE On-Prem

Link: Google Cloud rolls out prepackaged AI services aimed at business functions

“Add it up and AI cloud services may veer from the typical vertical selling approach deployed by enterprise software vendors.”
Original source: Google Cloud rolls out prepackaged AI services aimed at business functions

Link: Google Cloud Platform Blog: Cloud Services Platform: bringing the best of the cloud to you

Round-up of developer related stuff from Google.
Original source: Google Cloud Platform Blog: Cloud Services Platform: bringing the best of the cloud to you

Link: Google CEO confirms Target as big cloud customer, continuing retail moves toward AWS competitors

‘Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Target “is migrating key areas of its business to the Google Cloud platform”’
Original source: Google CEO confirms Target as big cloud customer, continuing retail moves toward AWS competitors

Link: Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

“We were not ideally located to be high-tech wizards,” Munger said, adding “I have been to Google headquarters. It looks to me like a kindergarten.”

“A very rich kindergarten.”
Original source: Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

Link: Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

“We were not ideally located to be high-tech wizards,” Munger said, adding “I have been to Google headquarters. It looks to me like a kindergarten.”

“A very rich kindergarten.”
Original source: Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

Link: ‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly – it’s 5 companies all in different businesses

‘But despite simple perception of them all as “tech” companies, their core revenue sources are clearly different. And those distinctions suggest ways people can understand and respond to anxieties about their growing economic and cultural influence.’
Original source: ‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly – it’s 5 companies all in different businesses

Link: Info Commissioner tears into Google’s ‘call us journalists’ trial defence

‘This argument enraged the ICO, which said in the submission: “The concept of ‘journalism’ presupposes a process by which content is published to an audience pursuant to the taking of human editorial decisions as to the substantive nature and extent of that content.”… In plain English, humans (mostly) don’t decide what appears in search results so calling Google’s activities “journalism” is just plain wrong, according to the commissioner.’
Original source: Info Commissioner tears into Google’s ‘call us journalists’ trial defence

Link: Ordering from voice tubes

“Purchases made through devices such as Google Home and Amazon’s Echo are projected to leap from $2 billion to $40 billion by 2022 as technology improves, U.S. consumers become more comfortable and the speakers become nearly as commonplace in homes as a flat-screen TV, according to a new study from OC&C Strategy Consultants.”

More:

“Shoppers are more apt to buy cheaper items, such as phone charger cables, via voice. The average online basket was $661 for online purchases of electronics, compared with $239 for voice orders, OC&C said. “
Original source: Ordering from voice tubes

Link: Women Once Ruled Computers. When Did the Valley Become Brotopia?

“There is another story to tell: that Google’s success had at least as much to do with women like Wojcicki, Sandberg, and—her controversial tenure as CEO of Yahoo! notwithstanding—Mayer. Each of them brought wider skill sets to the company in its earliest days. If subsequent managers at Google understood this lesson, that might have quieted the grumbling among engineers who had a narrow idea of what characteristics made for an ideal employee. Google’s early success proved that diversity in the workplace needn’t be an act of altruism or an experiment in social engineering. It was simply a good business decision.”
Original source: Women Once Ruled Computers. When Did the Valley Become Brotopia?