SAN FRANCISCO: Google has cited stronger security and access to new technology as reasons for companies to embrace, rather than shun, cloud platforms.
Greg DeMichillie, director of product management for cloud platforms at Google, explained that security concerns about moving IT infrastructure to the cloud are unfounded in 2016.
“Security used to be a reason people said they weren’t ready for the cloud. Now in 2016 security is a reason in favour of moving to the cloud,” he said in a press briefing ahead of Google’s NEXT conference in San Francisco.
“Most companies will be much more secure in the cloud than they ever could be in their on-premise environment.”
The reasoning behind DeMichillie’s claim is that cloud providers have the expertise and technology to react to security threats far faster than an enterprise’s IT department.
For instance, Google has a team of 500 researchers working on cyber security, which gives it the scope to identify and tackle cyber threats at scale.
DeMichillie noted that one of these researchers discovered the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability and thus ensured that Google had patched its cloud services before the bug was publicly disclosed.
This makes the likes of Google Cloud Platform a more secure option compared with companies operating their own on-premise data centres, he said.
The cloud is often described as a way to reduce costly IT estates and complex systems. But DeMichillie explained that new technologies offered by the technical clout of major cloud companies is another reason enterprises should not shy away from embracing cloud platforms.
“Part of the reason to move to the cloud isn’t just to save 10 percent on your budget, it’s to access innovation and technology you can’t get any other way,” he said.
Embracing this innovation can mean ceding control of mission-critical systems to another firm, but DeMichillie emphasised that the risk can be minimised by the future-proof infrastructure on offer from cloud providers.
He understandably championed the scalability of Google Cloud Platform that allows customers to pay only for the compute power and storage they use.
DeMichillie’s confidence in Google’s cloud abilities and its competitive prices, which compete with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, comes from the company's experience in running a large-scale cloud platform.
“We’ve been at this for 15 years. We made all the mistakes that can be made in our early days, and we have the bruises to show for that. It's those experiences that allow us to know how to operate systems at scale,” he said.
Google is in third position in the cloud market behind Microsoft and Amazon, but Apple is moving the iCloud service onto Google Cloud Platform which could close the gap.
V3 asked DeMichillie about his thoughts on Google’s cloud dealings with Apple, but he declined to comment.
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