What’s the Next Big Thing in Cloud? Google, AWS and VMware Talk Cloud This Week


This week in the cloud computing space, Google kicked off its nine-week virtual event, Google Cloud Next ’20: OnAir, and VMware rolled out new updates to its VMware Cloud on AWS for faster cloud migration at the best value.

In the cloud computing era, close to 92% of an organization’s IT environmentOpens a new window is in the cloud, and close to one-third of their total IT budget will be allocated to cloud computing. With such massive investments and aggressive cloud migration strategiesOpens a new window , every organization understands the host of benefits the cloud has to offer. This week we heard interesting cloud related announcements from Amazon, Google and VMWare, auguring further evolution in the cloud space.

Promising Launches at Google Cloud Next ’20: OnAir Virtual Event

Due to COVID-19, Google Cloud kicked off it’s enterprise conference,Google Cloud Next ’20: OnAir on July 14. The virtual conference will now be a nine-week, in-depth digital event series, and Week 1 showcased key insights from Google Cloud executives and promising product launches.

Google Cloud’s Confidential Computing suite gets its first product, Confidential VMs (currently in beta), for smarter data protection. This offering will encrypt data while it’s in processing, thus enabling customers to protect their sensitive data. Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, saysOpens a new window , “This [Confidential VMs] helps remove cloud adoptionOpens a new window barriers for customers in highly-regulated industries.”

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The next exciting launch at the virtual event was BigQuery Omni, a multi-cloud analytics solution powered by Anthos. This solution breaks data silos and enables customers to analyze their data across different public clouds such as AWS and Microsoft Azure without leaving the BigQuery user interface.

Google is taking its collaboration platform to the next level. The company introduced a new home for work in G Suite, an integrated workspace that will combine core tools such as video, chat, email, files, and tasks to bolster productivity and team communication.

Some of the other essential launches were Customer to Community (C2C), a platform to help customers learn, connect, and share cloud knowledge. Launch of Google Cloud ISV/SaaS Center of Excellence (CoE), and a new resource to help Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to boost their cloud transformation journey. They also launched Assured Workloads for Government (currently in private beta), “which allows you to automatically apply controls to your workloads, making it easier for customers to comply with things like data location and personnel access requirements” explains Kurian.

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VMware Cloud on AWS Rolls Out New Features for Better Cloud Accessibility

VMware and AWS announced a slew of capabilities to their jointly-engineered cloud offering, VMware Cloud on AWS. The new capabilities will help customers migrate and modernize VMware-based apps at a lower costOpens a new window . The announcements include new Amazon EC2 i3en instance for storage-dense workloads, a 2-host cluster that lowers the initial price by 33% for production environments, the addition of VMware Tanzu Kubernetes grid to manage containerized applications on VMware Cloud on AWS, and a new multi-tenant cloud management service for MSPs to reduce overhead costs.

Mark Lohmeyer, SVP and GM of Cloud Services business unit at VMware saysOpens a new window , “VMware Cloud on AWS unlocks the power of the cloud, enabling customers to migrate apps rapidly, scale resources up or down based on demand, deliver resources for new remote work initiatives, and drive app modernization strategies. Along with AWS, VMware’s preferred public cloud partner for vSphere-based workloads, we are accelerating service innovation and broadening access to VMware Cloud on AWS to help more businesses support the demands of a broad range of enterprise applications and use cases while delivering the best economic value.”

In a separate development, after weeks of speculation PC maker Dell Technologies is finally close to spinning off its majority stake in VMware, which the company acquired in 2015 in the EMC merger. Dell owns 81% of VMware stakes, and a potential spin-off will streamline both the company’s capital structure and mutually benefit both the companies, partners, customers, and shareholders. If Dell sells VMware shares, it will also help clear off its debt load, which is close to $48.3 billion. Michael Dell, Chairman, and CEO of Dell Technologies, saysOpens a new window , “Regardless of the options we are exploring to create additional value, we are accelerating our strategy – which remains unchanged. We are focused on winning in the markets where we operate and innovating across the Dell Technologies portfolio to create integrated solutions that turn data into insights and action.”

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