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Key Takeaways from Google Cloud Next ’21

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Every year Google Cloud Next sets the stage for key technologies and capabilities to be vigilant of throughout the year. With more than 100 products that span AI/ML, data analytics, API management, networking, storage, and more, Cloud Next presents an opportunity to learn the latest on digital transformation solutions.

Perficient’s experts tuned in for the three-day digital event and offered their key takeaways.

Google Distributed Cloud

Google introduced Google Distributed Cloud, which is a portfolio of fully managed hardware and software solutions that extend Google Cloud’s infrastructure and services to data centers and the edge. Google Distributed Cloud is built on Anthos, an open-source-based platform that unifies the management of infrastructure and applications across on-premises, edge, and multiple public clouds. You can run Google Distributed Cloud across multiple locations, including Google’s network edge, Operator edge, Customer edge, and Customer data centers, which addresses previous obstacles to cloud adoption, including industry or region-specific compliance and data sovereignty needs.

Anthos Multi-Cloud API

Anthos Multi-Cloud API enables you to provision and manage GKE clusters running on AWS and Azure infrastructure through a centralized Google Cloud backed control plane. You can create, manage, and update GKE clusters, regardless of which cloud you are using, to simplify your multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments.

Anthos for Virtual Machines

Anthos for Virtual Machines (VMs), currently in preview, supports development teams that want to standardize on Kubernetes but have existing workloads running on VMs that cannot be easily containerized. Anthos for VMs will offer a unified development platform for developers to build, modify, and deploy applications residing in both containers and VMs.

Contact Center AI (CCAI) and Document AI

Google Cloud expands CCAI and Document AI with new Contract AI and Lending AI parsers that bring more than 30 fully managed and pre-trained document parser and data extractors to accelerate time to market. Google Cloud has also made CCAI Insights generally available, which allows you to get deeper insights into customer interactions and leverage those to fast-track custom modeling and contact center flow development.

BigQuery Omni

BigQuery Omni is now generally available and can be used to address complex data management across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. It allows you to analyze data across Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure. Securely query S3 data in AWS or Azure Blob Storage data in Azure directly through the BigQuery user interface.

Spark on Google Cloud

Unification was the theme of this year’s data announcements. Spark on Google Cloud is now generally available and is the world’s first autoscaling and serverless Spark service for the Google Cloud data platform. You can use Spark from your preferred interfaces without data replication or custom integrations.


Dataplex will be generally available this quarter to provide an intelligent data fabric that enables you to keep your data distributed while making it securely accessible to all your analytics tools.

Cloud Sustainability

Google is carbon neutral today, but its goal is to run on carbon-free energy by 2030. Today, Google data centers are twice as energy efficient as a typical data center, and they deliver seven times more computing power for the same amount of electrical power than they did six years ago.

Interested in More Google Cloud Next content?

Explore Next ’21 content, including opening keynotes, on demand here.

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Mary Porter

Mary Porter is a Marketing Coordinator at Perficient. She is on the Partner Marketing Team, aligned to Google, VMware, Boomi, Appian, Pega, and partner-specific DevOps, and is based in the St. Louis office.

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