Okay, we admit it. Google may be serious about cloud after all


Some of us (that would be you Derrick Harris) were skeptical about whether Google really, really, really wanted to be in the cloud business. Well we’re starting to be convinced after this week’s Google Cloud Platform Live event. At the very least a lot of resources are being poured into this effort, which, as Google Cloud product marketing lead Brian Goldfarb reminds us, builds atop massive infrastructure including the Andromeda software-defined-network infrastructure and Kubernetes container management system already in use in Google’s, um, other business.

Goldfarb has a lot to say about Google’s place in the enterprise cloud spectrum and the competitive landscape, so make sure you listen,s tarting at around minute 12 if you’re in a hurry.

Derrick and I also discuss the state of OpenStack as the OpenStack Summit winds down in Paris. And no, neither of us got to go. But our colleague David Meyer did and he examined the continuing rocky relationship between Red Hat and Mirantis. And, four years into OpenStack’s journey, there are still not very many big production environments, and here is one reason why. And, a bit on the team of [company]LinkedIN[/company] infrastructure experts that have spun off to form Confluent, a company built around Kafka, the open-source real-time messaging technology.

Oh, and I kid about Derrick’s Google goggles. He really wasn’t skeptical about Google cloud at all.

Brian Goldfarb

Brian Goldfarb, product marketing lead for Google Cloud Platform.



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Note: This post was updated at 4:51 a.m., November 8 to add mention of Confluent. 




“Okay, we admit it. Google may be serious about cloud after all”…..wow, you don’t say? They didn’t just invest millions of dollars into operating systems that run entirely cloud based for the laughs? ….it’s upsetting how out dated this article is.


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