Google Cloud and Renault partner for Industry 4.0 optimisation

Google Cloud has announced a new partnership with Groupe Renault to accelerate the digitisation of the automotive manufacturer's industrial system.

Renault, which has been developing its own digital platform to aggregate industrial data since 2016, will utilise Google Cloud for analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve its supply chain, production quality, as well as reducing environmental impact.

The move is being touted as a milestone for...

Deutsche Bank signs up with Google Cloud for digital acceleration

Deutsche Bank is to sign a 'multi-year contract' with Google Cloud to transform its IT architecture, as well as utilise Google's AI and machine learning capabilities.

The two companies have signed a letter of intent with the contract being signed in the coming months. Google won the contract after a five month period of due diligence, with Deutsche Bank tendering proposals in February.

The bank 'will continue to work closely with its existing technology partners' as part...

Google Cloud and Telefónica partner for Spanish digitisation – with more cloud and telco convergence

Google Cloud has announced a new partnership with Telefónica to advance digital transformation in Spain as well as 5G mobile edge use cases.

The agreement will see Google Cloud launching a new cloud region in Spain - although this has yet to be ratified with Google Cloud's global locations map - which will leverage Telefónica's Madrid region infrastructure.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, noted the current situation as a marker for bringing this partnership...

Google Cloud teams up with Theta Labs for blockchain-based video delivery

Google Cloud has brokered another partnership in its exploration of blockchain technologies, with the company joining the enterprise program of blockchain-based video delivery network Theta Labs.

Google has joined the grandly-named Enterprise Validator Program, alongside Binance, Blockchain Ventures, and Gumi, which 'allows enterprises to validate transactions in accordance with Theta's underlying consensus protocol', in its own words.

Theta's business case is to broadly...

Google Cloud wins Department of Defense contract for secure cloud management

As Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's war of words continues over the JEDI government cloud contract, Google Cloud has secured a separate deal with the Department of Defense (DoD) for cloud management in what will be seen as a major coup for application platform Anthos.

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an arm of the DoD, will build a 'secure cloud management solution' running on Anthos. This means services and applications will be run across AWS and Azure - Google...

Hyperscaler earnings: AWS’ $10bn takes plaudits, but Microsoft and Google solid as cloud unaffected by Covid-19

Analysis Amazon Web Services (AWS) broke the $10 billion quarterly revenue mark for the first time as the highlight of three more strong quarters for the cloud hyperscalers - with industry analyst Synergy Research reiterating that cloud services will do just fine amid Covid-19.

The Seattle giant, which according to the latest Synergy figures is pegged at holding just under a third (32%) of the cloud infrastructure market, posted $10.21bn (£8.2bn) in revenues for its most recent...

Google Cloud’s Anthos now runs on AWS, with Azure to follow

Google Cloud's Anthos platform, where applications can be built which run in multiple cloud environments, now has its first major multi-cloud offering live in the shape of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The original unveiling of the revamped Anthos at Next last year, billed as a key part of Google's multi-cloud vision, showed a preview running and managing applications on AWS. In a blog post, Google Cloud announced that users can 'consolidate all operations across on-premises, Google...

Google Cloud and Cisco team up for souped-up SD-WAN multi-cloud apps

Google Cloud and Cisco have announced a partnership to combine their products and create what the companies are describing as the industry's first application-centric multi-cloud networking fabric.

What this means in practice is that through Google Cloud and Cisco's SD-WAN Cloud Hub, customers will be able to mix and match and optimise application stacks by distributing components to the most manageable workloads.

For example, an application suite could have its front...

Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far,...

Google Cloud postpones Next event after initial online-only move

Google Cloud is postponing its Cloud Next event over coronavirus fears, having previously made the move to stage the conference virtually.

The company had at the start of this month announced that Next, originally due to be at San Francisco on April 6-8 with an expected attendance of more than 30,000, was going online-only.

Now Google is scrapping things...