Have you moved your business services and data to the cloud? Google wants to encourage more companies to make the leap from traditional systems to using a cloud services provider. In order to accomplish this lofty goal, the tech giant is looking to partner with another tech giant, Intel. Many people who are familiar with Google recovery tools and use Google apps cloud backup are looking at the new alliance with interest.
The new partnership was announced recently and is being called a “strategic alliance” to help more businesses start to migrate their systems to the cloud, according to new reporting by Forbes Magazine. It has also been announced that Intel and Google will focus their efforts on improving and expanding Google’s system “Kubernetes.” The two computer companies also plan to work to improve and enhance “TensorFlow.” TensorFlow is a product classified as a machine learning computer. Machine learning computers can learn without being programmed. It is an ideal product to work with Google’s open source system. They want to emphasize that this is more than just a Google recovery system or a way for people to backup Gmail emails or to backup Google apps data.
Nan Boden, the top executive at Google Cloud for global technology partnerships, says the Google and Intel relationship is one that goes back a long way. The new project that binds the two comes from a realization that the two can do more together than they can do separately to get more businesses around the planet to start to move their systems to off site cloud systems for their information technology infrastructure. Both Google and Intel plan to work on educating business leaders together on the value of moving services to the cloud.
Intel is well known for producing processors but more and more companies have looked to the computer company to help develop their strategy for moving their systems to the cloud. This is a less widely known part of their business but the consulting portion of what they do has been steadily growing in recent years.
Raejeanne Skillern, a vice president at Intel, told Forbes,”Customers are still relatively new and emergent in target areas like machine learning and artificial intelligence. By creating these technology now, we are really trying to extend the [size] of the market.”
Google’s Kubernetes had already been helped along quite a bit by Intel. The system lets companies manage their infrastructure systems through a software application known as OpenStack. This is a free and open source platform. Kubernetes has been promoted by Google as being a free tool and is used to deploy containers. Docker, which bills itself as the, “the world’s leading software containerization platform” is a start up that has been reported to be worth more than $1 billion. Docker has been promoting Kubernetes and many credit it with popularizing the Google application.
While individuals are very familiar with Google recovery systems and the Google cloud backup systems, some companies have not made the jump to cloud computing for a host of reasons. Many executives admit that they like the idea of working with the cloud, they still have concerns regarding security, regulations and compliance. Businesses that have to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) rules and regulations have concerns about how using the cloud would impact that. Others worry about new rules and regulations that govern where data can be stored physically and some are even concerned about how the United States National Security Agency (NSA) may be able to access company data if they migrate it to the cloud.
It is unclear how these businesses will be convinced to move services to the cloud but when tech companies like Google and Intel band together to make the case for using this newer frontier, it seems that they will have at least a decent amount of success. The good news for proponents of using the cloud is that the benefits far outweigh the problems. When people who have had to use the Google recovery process, they can get some insight into the security measures used to protect data on cloud services.