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Posted May 17, 2019 in Cloud

Highlights from Google Cloud Next 2019

In April, Scalar headed down to San Francisco for the Google Cloud Next 2019 conference. Not only does this conference offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest technology trends, but it also offers a venue to connect with industry leaders, technology vendors, and clients. No matter how many tech conferences you attend each year, I promise this one never disappoints.

Google Cloud Next was filled with tons of announcements and product launches, so let’s get started on reviewing them!


The launch of Anthos was announced at the conference. Anthos helps you span across hybrid or multi cloud environments with your services. Leveraging Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and GKE on-prem, Anthos allows a standard way to deploy services with built in policy and security automation plus unified monitoring.

Cloud Run

To help support automation across hybrid workloads, Cloud Run was also announced.

Cloud Run is a managed compute platform that enables you to run stateless containers that are invocable via HTTP requests. Cloud Run is serverless: it abstracts away all infrastructure management, so you can focus on what matters most — building great applications. It is built from Knative, letting you choose to run your containers either fully managed with Cloud Run, or in your GKE cluster with Cloud Run on GKE.

Some of the great features of Cloud Run include:

  • Fast Autoscaling
  • Redundancy
  • Any language, any library, any binary

BigQuery BI Engine

In the world of databases and analytics, one of the most exciting announcements was BigQuery BI Engine. BigQuery BI Engine is a blazing-fast, in-memory analysis service for BigQuery. It allows users to analyze large and complex datasets interactively with sub-second query response time and with high concurrency. BigQuery BI Engine seamlessly integrates with familiar tools like Data Studio, Looker, and Google Sheets to accelerate data exploration and analysis. Some additional features of BigQuery BI Engine include:

  • Enable real-time dashboarding over streaming or static data with sub-second query response and with high concurrency
  • Simplify BI architecture and accelerate time to insight by reducing additional ETL or BI server management
  • Optimize visual analytics over big datasets with automatic performance tuning and capacity flexibility

Cloud SQL

Cloud SQL added support for a new database type managed SQL server. This is a fully managed service for SQL servers, offering both built-in performance scalability and security so you can focus on your applications.

Cloud Data Fusions

On the data management front, Google’s Cloud Data Fusion launch provides a fully managed code free data integration service that helps you move data, process it, and land that data within GCP.

Auto-ML Tables

We can’t forget about the exciting announcements in machine learning. The launch of Auto-ML tables enables you to automatically build models on arbitrary tables of data like BigQuery tables or CSV. Now data scientists, analysts, and developers can automatically build and deploy state-of-the-art machine learning models on structured data at a massively increased speed and scale.

Cloud Security Command Center

Google also announced incredible launches in security. Cloud Security Command Center is a single centralized dashboard that helps security teams gather data identify threats and act on them before they result in business damage or loss. With event threat detection, it can detect suspicious activity from stacked driver logs and flag them for remediation, where the threats will be surfaced in the Cloud Security Command Center.

As it is every year, Google Cloud Next provided a nearly incomprehensible list of new products, features, and exciting updates. This year Google clearly demonstrated its laser focus on making cloud adoption easier for those who may have some critical roadblocks preventing them from making the shift to cloud. The numerous new hybrid cloud and networking solutions create new possibilities for those that may have been previously locked in a local private cloud or having to continually invest in maintaining their own data centres.

It’s an exciting time to be a Google partner and Scalar is looking forward to the future as we work with our clients through their cloud journey. Every year cloud solutions continue to drive high value return on investment, and with this year’s exciting new announcements, it’s easier than ever to get started in the cloud!

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