SAN FRANCISCO: Google has revealed Stackdriver, a service that allows companies to manage multiple clouds, including rival Amazon Web Services (AWS), from one dashboard.
Brian Stevens, vice president of Google Cloud Platform (GCP), announced the beta launch of Stackdriver at the company’s GCP Next event in San Francisco, describing it as a way to manage cloud applications and operations without needing multiple tools.
“Many users are using more than one cloud. That might be because there [are] different services that aren’t available on our cloud. But the challenges with that, including on-premise and private cloud, is that we all build our own tools and put you in this little operational silo,” he said.
“So we think that’s a real problem and makes it harder for users to consume multiple clouds. We wanted to get you out of that operational silo. So Google Stackdriver is a service for monitoring, logging, visualising and alerting across cloud services, resources and applications.”
Stackdriver will initially support GCP and AWS but will add more private clouds and support for hybrid deployments as the beta matures.
Offering support for rival cloud platforms might seem an odd move, but it is all part of Google's strategy to make the use of its cloud as easy as possible by cutting out the need for complex IT operations.
Google’s App Engine for automatically scaling cloud resources for apps in reaction to the amount of traffic they receive, along with its use of open APIs and the BiqQuery infrastructure-free data warehouse and analytics tool, are all designed to make GCP easy to use and as appealing as possible to potential customers.
The approach has been successful, and the firm recently announced major new customers including Disney and Coca-Cola. Google remained tight lipped on the news that Apple is shifting its iCloud service from AWS to GCP.
Google is also expanding its data centres across the globe and pushing GCP as an easy to consume and feature packed cloud platform on which companies and developers can build future businesses and apps.
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