News: New tool Stackdriver will support cloud monitoring for Google and AWS but leaves out Microsoft Azure.
Google’s mission to catch up with Microsoft Azure and AWS in the public cloud has taken on a new machine learning driven shape.
The company, which has been busy integrating machine learning into a range of its products and services, used its cloud developer conference in San Francisco to unveil more offerings and put even more ML in its cloud.
Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, said: "This platform is not the end; it’s the bottom. There’s something above it. And that something is machine learning."
The underlying idea is that Alphabet can differentiate the Google Cloud Platform by going big on machine learning, something that it may believe that AWS and Azure don’t do particularly well, or just feel that it is better at it.
Google used the conference to expand its open source AI tool TensorFlow to its cloud platform and also pitched a packaged of APIs that are infused with AI. Included in this are Google’s systems for translating languages, speech recognition and image scanning.
Machine learning has quickly become one of the most talked about technologies over the past year with vendors increasingly pushing it into their product ranges and adoption being seen across retail, financial services and numerous other areas.
Google may be betting on ML but that’s not the only area it has been working on improving. Stackdriver, a cloud monitoring tool which the company opened in beta at the start of the year, works by monitoring traffic, notifications and diagnostic functions.
While that in itself is unspectacular, what is more interesting is the fact that it works on both Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services simultaneously, but not for Microsoft Azure.
Stackdriver has already proved to be a popular tool with growing adoption among IT managers. The code allows for the monitoring of applications across multiple cloud environments from Google and AWS.
What this means is that it is easy to run both AWS and GCP because they can be monitored from one user interface.
Google still has hurdles to overcome but a friendlier relationship with AWS users would help it to at least play next to the leading player.