Day 1 was focused on announcements from Google on a number of new innovations along with the Partner Summit Keynote. Eric Fouarge, Eric Sengbusch, and John Rucker started their day off at the Next 19’ Opening Keynote, given by Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, which had exciting announcements on numerous new innovations, including:
- Making hybrid cloud a reality. “Google is really pushing forward on the aspects of open multicloud ecosystems, watch out for Anthos. This will do what Kubernetes did for container orchestration for multicloud enablement.” – Eric Fouarge. Formerly known as Cloud Services Platform, Anthos is an entirely new platform for managing application in today’s multi-cloud world. You can deploy, run, and manage your applications on premises or in the cloud of your choice.
- Extending serverless to the full stack. New serverless compute platform, Cloud Run, was introduced. Cloud Run is a fully managed, serverless compute platform for containerized apps. “Google announcement of Run will make Serverless adoption much easier and crushing the learning curve.” – Eric Fouarge
- Bringing fully managed open source to Google Cloud through strategic partnerships. Google has partnered up with seven other companies, including: Confluent, DataStax, Elastic, InfluxData, MongoDB, Neo4j, and Redis Labs. All partner companies will integrate their open-source technologies into GCP.
Being a Google Cloud Partner, Root Level Tech was excited to attend the Partner Summit Keynote. Thomas was joined on stage by:
- VP of Global Partner Ecosystem, Kevin Ichhpurani
- President of Global Customer Operations, Paul-Henri Ferrand
- SVP of Technical Infrastructure, Urs Hölzle
- VP of Global Channel Sales, Carolee Gearhart
- Director of Global Partner Marketing, Aimee Catalano
Google is expanding their partner specializations. They have now created more ways to help partners differentiate themselves to their customers in the marketplace. These new specializations include marketing analytics, IoT, and security trainings.
Day 1 was a success at Google Next, “It’s exciting to see so many people in one place talking about GCP. There is no doubt that Google Cloud is here to stay!” – John Rucker
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