Google Cloud Next ’21: Here’s What You Missed

Google’s annual event may be over, but we have your back. Here are some of the major announcements you may have missed.

2 years ago   •   2 min read

By Angelique Tzanakakis

Google’s highly anticipated digital flagship event, Cloud Next, was filled with exciting announcements, customer stories, engaging Q&As, and technical demos. If you were unable to join, don’t panic - here are five of the exciting announcements they made.

  • Google Distributed Cloud

Google announced its new portfolio of fully managed hardware and software solutions that extend its infrastructure and services called Google Distributed Cloud. It is built on Anthos and is set to help solve common problems organisations face when moving to the cloud. These include low-latency environments, the cost of moving large amounts of data for data processing and requirements around security, privacy and data centres. You can read the full announcement here.

  • Carbon Footprint

You can now accurately measure, track, and report the gross carbon emissions associated with your organisation’s use of Google Cloud services with Carbon Footprint. With the new integration to Unattended Project Recommender, you can reduce your carbon footprint by deleting idle projects. It’s available to every GCP user for free in the Google Console. With this new tool, meeting your climate goals is easier than ever. You can read the full announcement here.

  • Tableau Integration

Google also announced its business intelligence tool Looker and Salesforce’s data visualisation tool Tableau have new integrations. Tableau users will be able to use Looker’s semantic model for data governance and Looker users can pair their enterprise semantic layers with Tableau’s analytics platform. You can read more about this here.

  • Work Safer Program

In true Google form, they announced a new program called Work Safer which aims to protect their customers from the rising number of cybersecurity threats. Companies will have access to a wide range of offers that combine Google Workspace with security solutions from Google and its partners, CrowdStrike and Palo Alto Networks. You can find all the information about the program here.

  • Google Workspace Integrations

Google announced that you can now use custom no-code AppSheet apps from within Gmail. Another announcement was of the new Jira integration which allows Chat and Spaces users to quickly create tickets, monitor issues and see actionable previews on their mobile and desktop devices. You can check out the full announcement here.

We hope you enjoyed this year’s Cloud Next as much as we did! If anything caught your eye or you’d like to learn more about the cloud, feel free to contact us.

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