Entries by Cameron Conaway

Google Cloud Next 2018: Insights From Day 3

The big news of Day 3 was that Google is integrating Cloud Build with GitHub so that it’s easier to add continuous integration processes to GitHub code repositories.

Note: Here is a recap of Day 1 and Day 2

Let’s dive into two particularly interesting sessions.

1. Storing & Securing Your Data: Rolling Out Storage & Disaster Recovery

Google Cloud Next 2018: Arun K. Aggarwal, Steven Butschi, Steven Nguyen, Joshua Humphrey

Left to right: Arun K. Aggarwal, Steven Nguyen, Joshua Humphrey, Steven Butschi

Google Cloud’s Head of Higher Education, Steven Butschi opened the session and handed it off to Arun, the Lead Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Stanford University, who talked about earthquake-prone San Francisco and the vulnerability of all data in physical centers.

Get this: up until two years ago, 200TB of critical research data at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business was sitting on-premise and wasn’t backed up.

Arun sought to change this and, in collaboration with Google and data management software company Komprise, was able to begin the school’s cloud migration efforts.… Read the rest

Google Cloud Next 2018: Insights From Day 2

Google Cloud CMO Alison Wagonfeld kicked off Day 2 here at Google Cloud Next 2018.

Note: Here’s the Day 1 recap

Alison quickly handed it off to Garrick Toubassi, VP of Engineering at G Suite, who opened with this stat:

“Since last year we’ve added 1 million new paying businesses to G Suite.”

This was in addition to a few other figures worth noting:

  • 80 million students worldwide are working with G Suite; and,
  • 91% of all phishing attacks begin with an email (Google blocks 10 million bad messages every minute).

Garrick also mentioned “Confidential Mode,” which gives users greater control of their email, including which emails offer forwarding access, etc. It’s a move that has fans and critics alike (Gennie Gebhart and Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation address the challenges here).

Garrick also announced Cloud Search, which brings Google’s search expertise to Google Drive (I’m super excited about this as search within cloud-based content storage is notoriously problematic either in how it surfaces results or how it disrupts your working experience).… Read the rest

Google Cloud Next 2018: Insights From Day 1

As a local, I was lucky enough to be able to walk to Moscone Center. Still, with over 20,000 people piled into the same area, and San Francisco construction seemingly encroaching on all sides, it was a journey that resulted in a tear in my jeans and still missing the in-person keynote that I’d been so excited to see (see Tweet for some additional details).

BUT I was able to nerd out in the front row of the overflow room and get some world-class photos like this one:

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene


Yes, that’s Google Cloud’s CEO Diane Greene. She kicked off Google Cloud Next 2018 by asking a question hundreds of thousands of architects and developers around the world are also asking:

“Why Google Cloud?”

AWS has become the cloud default for many, but as Fortune reported on Monday, shares in Google’s parent Alphabet rose nearly 5% thanks in many ways to the massive success of Google Cloud.… Read the rest

Solace and Dell Boomi Partner to Deliver Event-Driven Application Integration to the Enterprise

Partnership allows clients to build responsive, reliable, and scalable IT platforms to accelerate hybrid cloud, microservices, and IoT deployments

OTTAWA, Ontario, June 13, 2018 – Solace, the creators of PubSub+, an advanced message broker that can be used to create an event distribution mesh, today announced a global partnership with Dell Boomi (Boomi), a leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, to deliver an event-driven Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) for hybrid and multi-cloud enterprise integration.

The partnership provides a combination of Boomi’s leading integration capabilities and Solace’s proven multi-cloud event distribution mesh to power more effective enterprise digital transformations by allowing efficient integration of applications supported by a real-time eventing and messaging backbone. This solution improves response times and overall performance and agility while significantly cutting down on the time and energy it takes to integrate with more systems.

“Boomi and Solace offer unique synergies that let our joint customers accelerate their transformation into agile, cloud-first organizations,” said David Tavolaro, Boomi’s VP of Global Business Development.

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A New Era in Messaging as a Service

Digital transformation is often positioned as a single event or burst of activities. Survey questions such as “How far along are you in your digital transformation?” only serve to bolster this notion.

Truth is, transformation is continuous and it can often feel like you’re taking two steps back just to move a few inches forward.

This is especially apparent for enterprises moving to the cloud but still maintaining their important on-premise legacy systems.

As Mark Smith of Ventana Research wrote in his paper below, such companies “often encounter the challenge of maintaining the continuity of business processes.”

Mark is the CEO and Chief Research Officer at Ventana and he has held CMO, product development and research roles at companies such as SAP, META Group, Oracle and IRI Software.

His experience across major industries including banking, consumer products, food and beverage, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and retail and consumer services has allowed him to watch, lead, and now research digital transformations at various stages and in various sectors.… Read the rest

Solace Launches Free Production-Ready Version of its Industry-Leading Message Broker, Says Replay is Coming Soon

The feature-rich version of its messaging middleware technology includes high availability, robust disaster recovery, and enterprise-grade security

OTTAWA, Ontario, May 24, 2018 – Solace announced today a free version of its popular messaging middleware technology and plans to soon release a new replay functionality. Reiterating the company’s commitment to exposing open protocols such as REST, AMQP, and MQTT native to the message broker without gateways, and supporting open source APIs to help developers avoid lock-in at all levels, both announcements are designed to shake up an industry that has seen lower-grade open source solutions as the default.

Reflecting on the decision to release the new version of its message broker, Solace’s COO Denis King noted the free version is “literally the exact same product as our Enterprise edition, but it’s limited to a reduced number of connections and it’s rate-limited to 10,000 messages/second.”

Solace has also unified its suite of message broker products under the name Solace PubSub+ to more clearly state its functionality and value.

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