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Google Cloud Next: The Complete Guide

Google Cloud Next 2022, held from Oct 11-13, has concluded with more than a hundred announcements and more than 50 total hours of session available via YouTube. This blog post will summarize some of the big announcements and highlights from the 2023 edition of this event.

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Want the quick highlights? Just watch this video! Google Cloud Next ‘22 in under 13 minutes, featuring Thomas Kurian (Google Cloud CEO), Sundar Pichai (Google and Alphabet CEO), and many other great leaders.

Exact locations of in-person events haven’t been announced as of this blog post’s publish date, but when registering you can flag your interest in attending a local in-person event.

Major Announcements from Google Cloud Next 2022

Five New Google Cloud Regions

Austria, Greece, Norway, South Africa, and Sweden were introduced at the event. This brings the total number of regions, either currently live or announced as coming soon to 48 total. Expanding the Cloud Regions helps to improve stability and speed for users around the world. Learn more about the new regions announcement in this post from Sachin Gupta, VP and GM of Infrastructure.

Data Studio renamed Looker

Back in June 2019, Google announced its intention to acquire Looker, a BI and analytics platform. At the time, Looker joined Google Cloud. With this latest announcement, though, Looker and Data Studio have now unified under the Looker umbrella.

In no time, Twitter users were reporting the changed name in the user interface:

Mainframe Modernization with Dual Run

For those organizations still relying on IBM Z and other mainframe technologies, Google is now offering a way to run mainframe workloads on Google Cloud simultaneously with traditional mainframes. This enables real-time testing and can help mainframe shops begin to migrate to the cloud.

Google’s Carbon Footprint Tool

This new tool lets users measure, report, and eventually reduce carbon emissions of cloud applications and infrastructure.

Cloud Build Now Supports SLSA Level 3

With this announcement, Cloud Build has moved on past the SLSA Level 2 which was announced in 2021.

See Kelsey Hightower explain in this video from Strange Loop:

Coinbase Web3 Partnership

In this interesting announcement, Google and Coinbase have entered into a strategic partnership in which Coinbase will rely on Google Cloud Platform and separately certain Web3 GCP customers will begin to be able to pay for cloud services using cryptocurrencies through Coinbase Commerce.

Maybe don’t tell Kelsey Hightower about this announcement?

Still Want To Learn More?

Read about all 123 announcements in this blog post from Alison Wagonfeld, VP Marketing at Google Cloud.

Google Cloud Next 2023 dates haven’t been announced yet, but you can subscribe to learn more about Next 23 by visiting https://cloud.withgoogle.com/next

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Stephen Watts works in growth marketing at Splunk. Stephen holds a degree in Philosophy from Auburn University and is an MSIS candidate at UC Denver. He contributes to a variety of publications including CIO.com, Search Engine Journal, ITSM.Tools, IT Chronicles, DZone, and CompTIA.