Google Cloud is a good choice for Cloud platforms. There are a lot of things they do well, they lead the market in AI and containers, in intense competition for the first place in data services.
With that, I have some hopes that they will address their weaknesses during the upcoming Google Next conference.
First, here are some concerns about Google Cloud:
- Risk of becoming one trick pony — Google does seem to have a bit of NIH syndrome and they might have a container tunnel vision. While containers are important, they are only a small part of the Cloud platform
- Lack of transparency — Google Cloud folks keep talking a lot about openness, but they do not walk the talk. While they do a good job with open source, they rarely ever publish root cause analysis of outages. Neither do they reveal what they are doing to improve the availability, which of late has been less than optimal
- Starving of AppEngine and Functions. Google AppEngine is a diamond in the rough that is starved for years by GCP for reasons I can not understand
With this, here is what I would like to see Google Next (keynotes) address:
- Their strategy for serverless and their vision for future of how apps will be built
- What went wrong in last 6 months with their operations and what are they doing to improve their availability? what improvements are they making to their networking components? Whats their plan to become more transparent?
- Their commitment to App Engine and upgrading the language runtimes to latest versions, rather than running on outdated versions
In addition, I expect them to talk about their innovations on containers, AI, data services etc, all of which have been stellar.
Keeping in mind this is just one person’s opinion, what are the things you would like to see Google Cloud do?
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