Weekly CloudNews: Google Cloud, Wayfair’s Hybrid Cloud and Google for IBM

Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Earlier this week, Nilesh Deo explored the acquisition of Veeam and its impact on the market, plus we took a look at hybrid cloud automation and cloud governance.

With that, onto this week’s news:

Google Cloud launches new solutions for retailers

Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch, Jan. 13, 2020

“It’s no secret that the Google  Cloud management team has decided to focus its efforts on a select number of enterprise verticals like healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, energy and life sciences. Retail, too, has long been a growth market for the company, especially as Amazon’s  competitors are looking to run their services on clouds that are not AWS. Current customers include the likes of Kohl’s, Lowe’s and France’s Carrefour. It’s maybe no surprise, then, that Google today used NRF 2020, one of the largest retail events, to launch a number of updates to its services for retailers.

Some of the announcements today focus on specific vertical editions of existing services, including Google Cloud API Management for Retail, powered by Apigee, or Google Cloud Anthos for Retail, which specifically targets retailers that want to modernize their store operations and infrastructure. There also is Google Cloud Search for Retail, powered by Google Search, which promises to bring better product search results to a retailer’s applications.

In addition, Google also is expanding to more customers programs like its Retail Acceleration Program and making its white-glove Customer Reliability Engineering service, which helps retailers better plan for and manage their peak shopping days, available to more customers.”

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Wayfair launches new hybrid cloud strategy – without AWS

Dan Berthiaume, Chain Store Age, Jan. 10, 2020

“Wayfair is looking to better scale its operations by moving to the cloud. The digitally native home furnishings giant is using Google Cloud as the foundation to support its migration to a hybrid cloud strategy. Wayfair debuted its hybrid cloud strategy in April 2019 to support the retailer’s 36-hour annual “Way Day” online sales event. 

Partnering with Google Cloud, the retailer was able to handle the burst capacity needed to successfully run Way Day, which featured spikes of more than 300% in revenue, orders and unique customers than the previous 28 days averaged.

Wayfair now uses several different Google Cloud solutions, including compute, storage, and networking, data and analytics, and G Suite productivity tools, to support tasks including managing the availability, latency, performance and capacity of the company’s systems during peak periods such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.”

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Google announces support for IBM Power Systems on its cloud

Mike Wheatley, Silicon ANGLE, Jan. 13, 2020

“Google LLC is targeting older computing workloads by partnering with IBM Corp. to launch IBM Power Systems on its cloud infrastructure.

The move, officially announced today, gives businesses an onramp for existing legacy infrastructure and workloads that can’t easily be replaced or moved to the cloud. Many of those workloads run on IBM’s Power Systems, and up until now IBM was the only company that offered access to that hardware via the cloud.

‘Enterprises looking to the cloud to modernize their existing infrastructure and streamline their business processes have many options,” wrote Kevin Ichhpurani, corporate vice president of Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud, in a blog post. “At one end of the spectrum, some organizations are re-platforming entire legacy systems to adopt the cloud. Many others, however, want to continue leveraging their existing infrastructure while still benefiting from the cloud’s flexible consumption model, scalability, and new advancements in areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics.’”

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