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This week on the Google Cloud blog: April 25, 2021

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Here’s a round-up of the key stories we published the week of April 25, 2021.


Colossus under the hood: a peek into Google’s scalable storage system

Get a deeper look at the storage infrastructure behind your VMs, specifically the Colossus file system, and how it helps enable massive scalability and data durability for Google services as well as your applications. Read more.

5 resources to help you get started with SRE

Site reliability engineering (SRE) is an essential part of engineering at Google—it’s a mindset, and a set of practices, metrics, and prescriptive ways to ensure systems reliability. But not everyone knows the best places to start to implement SRE in their own organizations. Here are our top resources at Google Cloud for getting started. Read more.

Data analytics and intelligence tools to play a key role post-COVID

A recent Google-commissioned study by IDG highlights the role of data analytics and intelligent solutions when it comes to helping businesses separate from their competition. The survey of 2,000 IT leaders across the globe reinforces the notion that the ability to derive insights from data will go a long way towards determining which companies win in this new era. Read more.

Curious about Google Cloud Bare Metal Solution? Start here.

There are many workloads that are easy to lift and shift to the cloud, but there are also specialized workloads (such as Oracle) that are difficult to migrate to a cloud environment due to complicated licensing, hardware, and support requirements. Bare Metal Solution provides a path to modernize these applications. But where do you even start? This post shows you how. Read more.

The 5 benefits of Cloud SQL [infographic]

Tired of spending too much time on database maintenance? You’re not alone. Lots of businesses are turning to fully managed database services to help build and scale infrastructure quickly, freeing up time and resources to spend on innovation instead. Here’s an infographic that breaks down how Cloud SQL can help in five ways. Read more.

Bigtable vs. BigQuery: What’s the difference?

Many people wonder if they should use BigQuery or Bigtable. While these two services have a number of similarities, including "big" in their names, they support very different use cases in your big data ecosystem. Here’s a breakdown of when you would use each. Read more.

Faster, cheaper, greener? Pick the Google Cloud region that’s right for you

Our new Google Cloud region picker helps customers assess key inputs like price, latency to their end users, and carbon footprint as they choose which Google Cloud region to run on. Read more.

Four consecutive years of 100% renewable energy—and what’s next

In 2020 Google again matched 100 percent of its global electricity use with purchases of renewable energy. We were the first company of our size to achieve this milestone back in 2017, and we’ve repeated the accomplishment in every year since. All told, we’ve signed agreements to buy power from more than 50 renewable energy projects, with a combined capacity of 5.5 gigawatts—about the same as a million solar rooftops. Read more.

Customers cut document processing time and costs with DocAI solutions, now generally available

The latest releases of Document (Doc) AI platform, Lending DocAI and Procurement DocAI, built on decades of AI innovation at Google, bring powerful and useful solutions to lending, insurance, public sector, and other industries. Read more.

Making meetings more immersive, inclusive, and productive with Google Meet

We announced new innovations in Google Meet that deepen the meeting experience, regardless of how and where people participate. Specifically, we introduced a refreshed user interface (UI), enhanced reliability features powered by the latest Google AI, and tools that make meetings more engaging—even fun—for everyone involved. Read more.

Introducing PHP on Cloud Functions

We brought support for PHP, a popular general-purpose programming language, to Cloud Functions. With the Functions Framework for PHP, you can write idiomatic PHP functions to build business-critical applications and integration layers. Read more.

All the posts from the week