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May 4, 2017

Google Cloud commits to full GDPR support by May 2018

Google Cloud's Next 2017 conference saw the Senior Vice President share light on Google's commitment to GDPR.

By Hannah Williams

At its largest conference in Europe, Google Cloud Next 2017, Google Cloud confirmed that it is fully committed to supporting customers on their road to GDPR compliance.

Diane Greene, SVP, Google Cloud said: “Google is committed to having full support for that by May 2018, and we will put that in your contracts that we are committed to that.

“My commitment to you is that we’re going to build together, we’re going to have shared responsibility. We’re committed to open, rather than locking you in.”

Green dove home the message of GDPR support by focusing on the data protection and cyber security aspect of the impending legislation.

“Security is so important today, to almost every board member, every C-Suite and every engineer, nobody wants to be hacked,” the Google SVP said.

“Google has paid attention to every layer of the stats, starting with the chips, it’s something that’s starting to become like tradition at Google, we have our own propriety security chip which is the type that can protect your hardware and authenticate it.

“We secure all the way to the end-point, with things like chrome books completely manageable, hardware based… and data privacy. I have to sometimes remind people that Google Cloud is about customers, your data is private to you, Google doesn’t use it it’s for you.”

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With Google Cloud’s platform and G Suite reaching over one billion customers, Google is also bostlering security and that all important cloud trust via partnerships. An extension of its existing partnership with SAP was announced, with the software vendor set to become a data trustee for Google Cloud.

Google Cloud will also continue to leverage its Kubernetes applications, which it recently upgraded to version 1.6 and made available to its Google Container Engine customers.

“So what is Kubernetes? Container centric infrastructure deploying merged applications. So what does that mean? First of all we say, what is a container? Well, a container is two things, it’s an application bundle, it’s a way of describing how an application runs with all the dependencies it needs to run just on its own, not having to worry about what’s installed,” said Craig Box, Cloud Advocate, Google.

Container applications have been deployed widely across various companies, either embedded into data centres or as application storage solutions to deliver a range of different experiences, such as Docker and Windows containers.

Although, Google Cloud intends to deliver its Kubernetes application together with its Container Engine to offer a different experience.

KubernetesBox said: “Now we want to run applications that serve millions of users, we want to do this by sharing across a series of machines running these applications containers, but now we have to show you [the customers] the resource that may have quite a few challenges.

“How we make sure that the services are isolated from each other and they are compact with other workloads that are having run on the same server application.”

Google Cloud is currently in a hotly contested cloud wars, with rivals including AWS and Microsoft Azure. However, with GDPR support, Kubernetes, data analytics and Machine learning, the tech giant hopes to be one ‘the master of choice’ when it comes to cloud.

“Every day digital native companies and more and more of very large enterprise traditional companies are coming to us to lift and shift their workload into the cloud,” said Brian Steven, VP, Google Cloud Platform.


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