Cloud Landscape

Hybrid Cloud Takes Center Stage at Google Cloud Next ‘18

There’s been a lot to learn and a lot to love at Google Next this year. Google execs and thought leaders from around the globe talked about advancements in G-suite, artificial intelligence, and IoT, among others. And at the core of each of these advancements was, inevitably, Google’s cloud infrastructure, from which we heard some of the most exciting topics of Google Next ’18. Most notably, Google unveiled Cloud Services Platform, a family of cloud services aimed at standardizing workload management across on-prem and GCP resources.

The announcement marks an important landmark for Google as it looks to increase its adoption among enterprises worldwide. With Cloud Services Platform, Google recognizes that, while cloud computing has become mainstream, it by no means represents the majority of resources for most IT organizations. On the contrary – cloud infrastructure makes up a small fraction of IT spend and resources today.

Datacenters aren’t disappearing just yet

A big concern for enterprises investing in cloud is that they must also consider the investments they’ve made in traditional datacenters and considerable amount of time and investment it takes to refactor legacy applications into modern cloud architectures. That means that those datacenters aren’t going anywhere any time soon, and they’ll need management solutions that can handle this during the long transition. The reality of today is the hybrid cloud – and Google acknowledged that fact this week.

Simply put, IT organizations managing hybrid cloud and on-prem environments cannot simply migrate to the cloud all at once. It takes time, and teams need the ability to “modernize wherever are and at own pace,” says Chen Goldberg, Google director of engineering.

Google makes moves to support hybrid cloud

Google Cloud Services Platform is a step in the right direction for customers managing resources across on-prem and GCP environments. It does not, however, solve the larger problem for those of us managing resources across multiple public and private clouds and on-prem. Given the heat of competition among the big three platforms, GCP among them, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a fully-baked hybrid cloud management platform from Google any time soon. But from over here in the hybrid cloud, we salute Google for this announcement and are excited to learn more over the coming weeks.

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