Google’s week was dominated by announcements at the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Next event in San Francisco, at which the firm unveiled new products and stated its feelings on the future of the cloud.
The company also confirmed that the UK will get Android Pay, and named and shamed certificate authorities that it felt were not up to standard.
Google mixes machine learning technology with cloud platform
Google is putting its machine learning technology and services into the cloud with the unveiling of Cloud Machine Learning (CML).
CML is effectively a packaged suite of machine learning APIs that Google already uses in the Photos and Translate services, as well as voice recognition developed for Android, delivered as services through GCP.
Google reveals Stackdriver tool to manage multiple clouds in one place
Google unveiled Stackdriver, a service that allows companies to manage multiple clouds, including rival Amazon Web Services, from one dashboard.
Stackdriver is a way to manage cloud applications and operations without needing multiple tools.
Google to increase number of global cloud regions to challenge Amazon and Microsoft
Google revealed an ambitious plan to expand the footprint of its Google Cloud Platform, announcing the first two of more than 10 additional regions around the globe as the firm tries to catch up with rivals AWS and Microsoft Azure.
The first two additional regions - US Western in Oregon and East Asia in Tokyo - are due to become operational later this year.
Security should drive not stifle cloud adoption, says Google
“Security used to be a reason people said they weren’t ready for the cloud. Now in 2016 security it is a reason in favour of moving to the cloud,” said Greg DeMichillie, director of product management for cloud platforms at Google, in a press briefing ahead of Google’s Next conference in San Francisco.
Google confirms Android Pay is coming to the UK
Google announced that Android Pay will launch in the UK in the coming months following the promise of a March launch.
Pali Bhat, Google's senior director of product management, confirmed in an announcement that deals have already been inked with Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, Marks & Spencer, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society.
Google starts naming and shaming with certificate transparency report
Google will show a list of certificates that are not, or aren’t yet, trusted by its browsers.
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