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All 123 things we announced at Google Cloud Next ‘22

October 14, 2022
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Alison Wagonfeld

VP Marketing, Google Cloud

We loved hosting Google Cloud Next ‘22 this week in cities around the world and are excited to share our favorite moments and announcements. We kicked off our 24-hour livestream broadcast with an opening keynote in New York City, then moved west to share our “Top 10 Cloud Predictions” developer keynote from the Google Cloud headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Next ‘22 then crossed the Pacific to Tokyo, Japan, then down to Bengaluru, India, and finished out in Munich, Germany. Thank you to the thousands of developers who joined our global Innovators Hive events, and be sure to check out all the breakout sessions.

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There’s too much goodness for anyone to catch it all, so here are some video highlights before you dig in below for all the details. 

Missed the opening keynote? Here’s a 13-minute highlight reel.

Curious about our Top 10 Predictions? See the 2 minute speed-round.

Want to go deeper? Here’s a full recap of all 123 (!) announcements we made this week, all in one place.

Open Infrastructure Cloud 

Enterprise architects and developers have a big job: to help your company innovate faster, while at the same time working with resources that may not be growing as fast. In the session What's next for enterprise architects and developers, Sachin Gupta, VP & GM, Infrastructure at Google Cloud, took us on a tour of new enhancements to the infrastructure portfolio that can help accelerate your innovation and TCO. Here’s a complete list. 

Google Cloud regions

We introduced five new Google Cloud regions:

1. Austria

2. Greece

3. Norway

4. South Africa

5. Sweden 

Compute

6. The new C3 Compute Engine virtual machine family is powered by 4th Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and features Google’s custom Intel Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU). 

7. Cloud TPU v4 Pods, Google’s custom ML infrastructure for training large-scale, state-of-the-art ML models with high price-performance and carbon efficiency, are now GA. 

8. The A2 Ultra GPU, now GA, is powered by NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU with 80 GBs of GPU memory, and delivers 25% higher throughput on inference and 2x higher performance on HPC simulations than original A2 machine shapes. 

9. New Flexible Committed Use Discounts (Flex CUDs) can help you save up to 46% off on-demand Compute Engine pricing, in exchange for a one- or three-year commitment.

10. Batch, now GA, is a fully managed service that helps you run batch jobs easily, reliably, and at scale.

Networking 

11. L7 for Private Service Connect provides consumer-controlled security, routing, and telemetry.

12. Private Service Connect over interconnect provides support for on-prem traffic through Cloud Interconnects to Private Service Connect endpoints.

13. Private Service Connect for hybrid environments lets producers and consumers securely connect and access managed services from cloud or on-prem.

14. There are five new managed services partners for Private Service Connect: Confluent, Databricks, Datastax, Grafana, and Neo4J. 

15. The new C3 virtual machine family features 200 Gbps networking, offering 2x the bandwidth of the C2 family, and line-rate encryption. 

16. Network Function Optimizer delivers enhanced networking capabilities that allow customers to connect multiple container network functions, apply labels for selection and to steer the traffic to them. 

17. Dynamic compression for Cloud CDN is GA, and reduces the size of responses transferred from the edge to a client to accelerate page load times and reduce egress traffic.

18. Media CDN supports the Live Stream API to ingest and package source content into HTTP-Live Streaming and DASH formats for optimized live streaming.

19. Dynamic Ad Insertion with Google Ad Manager for Media CDN provides customized video ad placements.

20. Media CDN’s new third-party ad insertion capability is based on the Video Stitcher API

21. Network Actions for Media CDN, in private Preview, is a fully managed serverless solution based on open-source web assembly, and unlocks custom use cases such as security controls, cache offload, custom logs, and more.

22. Cloud Firewall Standard is a new tier for Cloud Firewall that offers expanded policies via objects for firewall rules that simplify configuration and micro-segmentation. 

23. Cloud Firewall Essentials, Cloud Firewall’s new foundational tier, includes recent support for Global and Regional Network Firewall Policies, and IAM-governed Tags. Learn more about the Cloud Firewall family in MOD107.

24. Google Cloud Armor now supports ML-based Adaptive Protection to automatically deploy its proposed rules.

25. Cloud Armor gained enhanced tuning for preconfigured WAF rules, adding field exclusion, signature opt-in, and expanded JSON content type support. 

26. Preconfigured WAF rules for OWASP Top 10 web-app vulnerability risks are now GA.

27. Google Cloud Armor was named a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Web Application Firewalls, Q3 2022. 

28. Network Analyzer for Network Intelligence Center automatically monitors VPC network configurations and detects misconfigurations and suboptimal configurations, and is now GA.

29. Network Intelligence Center is integrated with the Recommender API.

30. The Performance Dashboard for Network Intelligence Center provides visibility into the performance of the entire Google Cloud network and into your project's resources. 

31. Network Intelligence Center Network Topology has been enhanced with a new “top talkers” view. 

32. Firewall Insights for Network Intelligence Center includes enhancements such as IPv6 rule coverage and custom insight refresh cycle to generate shadowed rule insights for projects. 

You can learn more about all our networking announcements in our blog post, and in the session Simplify and secure your network for all workloads.

Hybrid and multicloud

33. A new user interface in Anthos provides simplified cluster configuration. 

34. New fleet management capabilities in Anthos let you manage growing fleets of container clusters across clouds, on-premises, and at the edge and for different use cases. 

35. Anthos clusters in retail edge environments now support virtual machines (GA). Learn more about Anthos in session MOD208.

36. Google Distributed Cloud Edge GPU-Optimized Config, is now GA in server-rack form factors powered by 12 Nvidia T4 GPUs. Learn more in session MOD207.

Developer productivity

37. A new Google Cloud Skills Boost annual subscription includes Innovators Plus developer benefits for $299/year.

38. Cloud Deploy supports continuous deployment directly to Cloud Run, with one-click approvals and rollbacks, enterprise security and audit, and built-in delivery metrics. Learn more in session BLD203.

39. New Cloud Run Integrations tie in Google Cloud services with a single click, for example, configuring domains with a Load Balancer or connecting to a Redis Cache.

40. Cloud Run customized health checks offer user-defined, container-level HTTP and TCP Startup probes. 

41. A new workshop helps you discover how to unlock efficiency and innovation with a GKE Autopilot.

42. Google has joined the Eclipse Adoptium Working Group, a consortium of leaders in the Java community working to promote a higher quality, developer-centric standard for Java distributions, and will contribute to and commercially support the Adoptium Temurin JDK.

Developer security

43. Software Delivery Shield is a solution for improving the security of all the code, people, systems, and processes that contribute to development and delivery of your software supply chain. Learn more in the blog, and at session SEC100

44. The new Cloud Workstations provides fully managed development environments on Google Cloud, and is a part of Software Delivery Shield.

45. A partnership with JetBrains offers fully managed Jetbrains IDEs as part of Cloud Workstations.

46. Source Protect for Cloud Code gives developers real-time security feedback as they work in their IDEs, identifying issues such as vulnerable dependencies and license reporting.

47. Assured Open Source Software now includes 250 packages across Java and Python that are all regularly scanned, analyzed, and fuzz-tested for vulnerabilities.

48. Container Analysis now includes on-push vulnerability scanning of Maven and Go containers and non-containerized Maven packages.

49. Container Analysis can now automatically generate a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM).

50. Cloud Build officially supports SLSA Level 3 builds.

51. There’s authenticated and non-falsifiable build provenance in Cloud Build for both containerized applications and non-containerized Maven and Python packages.

52. Cloud Build can display security insights for built applications. 

53. Google Kubernetes Engine’s (GKE) security posture dashboard provides detailed assessments, severity ratings, and advice on the security posture of your clusters and workloads, including insights into OS vulnerabilities and workload configurations. 

Management and migration tools

54. Migration Center brings assessment, planning, migration, and modernization tooling into a centralized location.

55. Dual Run for Google Cloud allows customers to simultaneously run mainframe workloads on existing mainframes and on Google Cloud, to perform real-time testing before promoting the new Google Cloud environment as their system of record. Learn more here.

56. Workload Manager, now in Preview for SAP workloads, is a Compute Engine service that provides automated analysis of enterprise systems on Google Cloud.

57. Google Cloud Carbon Footprint, now GA, provides granular emissions data for cloud workloads and transparency into the energy scores of Google Cloud regions.

58. Active Assist carbon emissions estimates are GA, making it simpler to remove unattended projects. 

Data Cloud

Google's Data Cloud can transform your decision making and turn data into action by operationalizing data analytics and AI. In the session What’s next for data analysts and data scientists, June Yang, VP, Cloud AI and Industry Solutions and Sudhir Sampatrao Hasbe, Sr. Director, Product Management, discussed the latest data analytics and AI innovations. And in What's next for data engineers, Andi Gutmans, VP & GM for Databases talked about product innovations across Spanner, AlloyDB, Cloud SQL and BigQuery. Here’s the breakdown. 

AI and ML

59. Translation Hub is a fully managed, self-serve AI Agent that lets localization managers and other employees translate content into 135 languages at the click of a button, helping promote more inclusive, impactful communication while also cutting costs and hyperscaling content.

60. DocAI Warehouse leverages AI to help businesses store, organize, search, govern, and manage documents and their extracted data and metadata. 

61. The new Document AI Workbench feature lets users extract data from any document by creating business-specific custom document parsers.

62. The Vertex AI Vision service can make powerful computer vision and image recognition AI more accessible to data practitioners.

63. OpenXLA Project is a consortium that includes Amazon Web Services, AMD, Arm, Google, Intel, Meta, NVIDIA, and more, and whose projects will accelerate machine learning by addressing incompatibilities between frameworks and hardware. 

Data analytics

64. BigQuery now lets you analyze unstructured and streaming data, such as raw documents and PDFs, video and audio, even call center logs—as much as 90% of all data is considered unstructured.

65. BigLake now supports popular data formats such as Apache Iceberg with the Linux Foundation’s Delta Lake and Apache Hudi coming soon.

66. The integration of BigQuery with Apache Spark lets data practitioners create procedures in BigQuery with Spark that can integrate with their SQL pipelines, greatly speeding up and enhancing processing times. 

67. System Insights now includes Cloud SQL security and performance recommenders.

68. Updates to Dataplex will automate common processes related to data quality and data lineage, cutting down on manual work to clean up data and enhancing accuracy overall.

69. We expanded integrations to our data cloud products with several popular enterprise data platforms, including Collibra, Databricks, Elastic, Fivetran, MongoDB, Sisu Data, Reltio, and Striim.

Business intelligence

70. Google Cloud’s business intelligence family is now consolidated under the Looker umbrella, and Data Studio is now Looker Studio, available at no cost.

71. You can now access Looker data models from Looker Studio. 

72. A new Looker Studio Pro offers new enterprise management features, team collaboration capabilities, and SLAs. 

73. Looker (Google Cloud core) is available in the Google Cloud console and is integrated with core cloud infrastructure services, such as key security and management services. 

74. Enhancements to Looker, BigQuery, and Microsoft Power BI make it easier for Tableau and Microsoft customers to analyze trusted data from Looker and simply connect it with BigQuery.

75. Looker will be integrated into many of your favorite Google Workspace programs — starting with Google Sheets — combining our productivity and intelligence tools in one place. 

76. A new partnership with Sisu Data provides easy access to Sisu capabilities from inside Looker and BigQuery, finding root causes 80% faster than traditional approaches

Learn more about our business intelligence innovations here or in the session, Bringing together a complete, unified BI platform with Looker and Data Studio

Databases

77. Cloud Bigtable change streams allows you to track writes, updates, and deletes to Bigtable databases and replicate them to downstream systems such as BigQuery. 

78. The AlloyDB partner ecosystem now includes more than 30 partner solutions to support business intelligence, analytics, data governance, observability, and system integration.

79. A Spanner PostgreSQL interface now supports its first group of PostgreSQL ecosystem drivers, starting with Java (JDBC) and Go (pgx). 

80. By integrating Vertex AI with Spanner, you can use a simple SQL statement in Spanner to call a machine learning model in Vertex AI.

81. For applications using a Firestore backend, we've removed the limits for write throughput and concurrent active connections. 

82. The new Firestore COUNT() function lets you perform cost-efficient, scalable, count aggregations. 

83. Support for Time-to-live (TTL) in Firestore lets you pre-specify when documents should expire, and rely on Firestore to automatically delete expired documents.

Trusted Cloud

The changing threat landscape requires a ground-up security transformation. Sandra Joyce, EVP, Intelligence & Government Affairs at Mandiant, and Sunil Potti, VP & GM, Cloud Security for Google Cloud, discussed Google Cloud’s security vision and our latest product innovations in the session What's next for security professionals, including:

84. The new Chronicle Security Operations is a modern, cloud-native suite that can better enable cybersecurity teams to detect, investigate, and respond to threats. 

85. Confidential Space allows multiple parties to securely collaborate, boosted by a trust guarantee that their data stays protected from their partners.

86. A Google Cloud portfolio of solutions helps customers address their digital sovereignty concerns.

87. We’ll be integrating the groundbreaking technology of Foreseeti Security, a startup focused on attack simulation and risk quantification, into Security Command Center in Q4. It can help you apply targeted remediations before attackers can take advantage of high-risk vulnerabilities.

88. To help organizations better manage risks in their online channels, reCAPTCHA Enterprise and Signifyd will partner to bring to market a joint anti-fraud and abuse solution. 

89. Palo Alto Networks customers can now pair Prisma Access with BeyondCorp Enterprise Essentials to help secure private and SaaS app access while mitigating internet threats across managed and unmanaged devices with a secure enterprise browsing experience. 

90. We packaged our best practices and implementation experience for customers in Zero Trust Advisory solutions, and our Cybersecurity Action Team and select partners can help guide you through the Zero Trust journey with exploratory workshops, architecture reviews, customized recommendations, and implementation support. 

Collaboration Cloud

In the session What’s next in productivity and hybrid work, Aparna Pappu, VP & GM for Google Workspace and Ilyn Brown, VP, Product Management for Google Workspace made a wealth of announcements focused on helping organizations thrive in a hybrid world. This included our investments in immersive connections, our approach to bringing people closer together through our communication products, smart canvas, our next-generation collaboration experience, and enhancing our cloud-first security model to help people work safer.

Read about all of these Workspace announcements here.

Google Meet, Chat, and Voice

91. Adaptive framing gives everyone a chance to be seen in the conference room when collaborating with remote colleagues, using AI-powered cameras from Huddly and Logitech.

92. Meeting room check-ins lets participants know who is in the room by displaying their names alongside the room.

93. Companion mode mobile gives in-room attendees the ability to fully participate by raising their hand, chatting, or asking questions from their phone while leveraging the in-room audio and video. 

94. Assigning conference rooms to breakout rooms helps manage the logistics for in-room attendees during breakout discussions. 

95. Automatic video framing centers participants in their video tile before joining a meeting and lets them manually reframe at any time. 

96. Auto transcriptions removes the burden of taking notes (English, with French, German, Portuguese and Spanish coming in 2023).

97. Speaker spotlight in Slides collapses the boundary between the story and storyteller in a hybrid world by placing the speaker’s video directly within their content. 

98. Custom emojis and inline threaded conversations enable people to express themselves more authentically and go deeper on specific conversations. 

99. Broadcast-only spaces in Google Chat make it easier for leaders to make broad announcements and maintain connections across their organizations. 

100. SIP Link in Google Voice allows companies to assign and manage phone numbers provided by their telecommunication provider alongside Google-provisioned numbers. 

101. APIs for Meet and Chat give developers programmatic access to common functions like creating and starting meetings or initiating messages directly from a third-party app. Asana and LumApps will be the first partners to leverage these in their apps. 

102. Meet add-on SDK enables developers to embed their app directly into the Meet experience, with Figma being one of the first add-on partners. 

103. Chat and AppSheet integration enable people to create and interact with custom AppSheet apps right within Chat. Our low-code and no-code platform lets anyone without coding experience build mobile and web applications quickly.

Smart canvas

104. Custom building blocks in Google Docs enable users to build their own reusable components that can be easily accessed with the @ menu. 

105. Variables in Google Docs enable users to define common data elements in a Doc, such as a client name or contract number, and update it throughout the document by changing the value in one place. 

106. Smart chips and a new timeline view in Google Sheets extends the power of smart canvas allowing people to easily pull in people, files, and calendar details. 

107. Smart chip data extraction lets users quickly populate spreadsheets with important information from chips they use across Workspace. 

108. Smart chips for third-party apps lets users view and engage with rich third-party data in the flow of work rather than switching tabs or context, including AODocs, Asana, Atlassian, Figma, LumApps, Miro, Tableau, and ZenDesk coming soon. 

Work safer

109. We’re extending client-side encryption (CSE) to Gmail and Google Calendar, allowing Enterprise Plus and Education Plus/Standard customers to have complete control over access to their data to address a broad range of data sovereignty and compliance requirements.

110. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) checks in Google Chat lets admins create custom policies to prevent sensitive information from leaking, scans content in real-time and applies corrective action fast.

111. Trust rules in Drive, currently in beta, allow for more granular control of internal and external sharing, providing admins more flexibility in establishing collaboration boundaries. 

Customers and partners

We wouldn’t be here today without our customers and partners. Throughout the keynotes and breakout sessions, they joined us on stage to discuss how they are using Google Cloud technologies to transform how organizations do business. The following organizations announced new or expanded relationships with Google Cloud: 

112. Coinbase, a leading crypto exchange, will move to Google Cloud’s infrastructure and certain Google Cloud customers will now be able to pay for cloud services with cryptocurrencies using Coinbase Commerce.

113. The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has selected Google Cloud as its preferred cloud partner to build its data product innovation strategy. 

114. Multinational insurance company Prudential plc and Google Cloud announced a strategic partnership to enhance overall health and financial inclusion for communities across Asia and Africa.

115. Rite Aid will rely on Google Cloud to help it realize its vision of a modern pharmacy, building new, personalized experiences that allow Rite Aid pharmacists to spend more time engaging with customers.

116. Snap and Google Cloud will expand their ten-year partnership to power the next phase of Snap’s growth, with a focus on infrastructure, big data and analytics solutions, and AI/ML. 

117. Toyota announced the launch of Speech On-Device for select vehicles powered by Google Cloud technology, which will enable voice requests to be served directly by vehicles’ multimedia system processors, without the need for internet connectivity. 

118. Together, T-Mobile and Google Cloud will help to improve the wireless provider’s customer experience services using our expertise in data analytics, AI, and ML, and our extensive portfolio of leading 5G and edge computing solutions.

119. African e-commerce company Twiga Foods is working with Google Cloud to run an efficient food value chain that connects farmers directly with vendors.

120.  Wayfair has completed a full migration of its data center applications and services to the cloud, with Google Cloud as the foundation of its overall cloud strategy.

121. Paramount Global, one of the world’s largest producers of premium entertainment content, is using Media CDN, citing consistently superior performance and offload metrics. 

122. Accenture and Google Cloud expanded their global partnership, creating a new, dedicated Google Cloud professional services group to accelerate customers’ consumption of Google Cloud services. 

123. Lufthansa Group announced that Google Cloud helped it cut its Co2 emissions by an estimated 7,400 tons per year — the equivalent of 18 Boeing 777 roundtrip flights between Zurich and New York City or 370 rotations between London and Zurich. 

OK, that was a lot of announcements. Thank you to all of the teams at Google as well as our customers and partners who are building together with us. As Thomas Kurian shared at the end of his opening keynote, “We’re excited to develop technology today to help you create a better tomorrow.”  

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