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Google broke its own cloud, again, with dud DB config change

Google's again 'fessed up to cooking its own cloud. This time the mess was brief – just under two hours last Monday – and took down its Memcache service. The result was “Managed VMs experienced failures of all HTTP requests and App Engine API calls during this incident.” There's a little upside in the fact that Google now …
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Nested virtualization comes to Google's cloud

In late August 2017 The Reg's virtualization desk learned that Google was working hard to make KVM better at nested virtualization. And now we know why, as the advertising giant's cloud has just revealed a nested virtualization beta. The new offering means that you can run a virtual machine inside the virtual machines you rent …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017

Google slurps cloudy single-sign-on concern Bitium

Google's acquired cloudy single-sign-on outfit Bitium for the usual undisclosed sum. Five-year-old Bitium offers products covering SSO, credential and application management, directory integration, secure access, user management, reporting and compliance. Its aim is to make sure that a company's users are the same individual …
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Look! We have direct fibre connection too, wails Google Cloud

In a bid to attract large enterprise clientele shackled to Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure, Google Cloud has announced a direct connection offering. On Thursday, Google added a private fibre network customers can use to interface directly from a co-location facility to its cloud services, eliminating any reliance on a …
Andrew Silver, 8 Sep 2017

Google Cloud rolls back changes after 18-hour load balancer brownout

Google Cloud's load balancers have suffered a lengthy connectivity problem. First reported at 00:52 Pacific time on August 30th, the incident is still unresolved as of 19:18. Google's struggled with this one. At 06:00 the company said it had “determined the infrastructure component responsible for the issue and mitigation …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2017
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Google switches on Sydney cloud region, with a subset of services

Google Cloud Platform's Sydney region is now open for business … but missing lots of services the company's cloud offers elsewhere. The company flicked the switch earlier this morning, and revealed the fact a few minutes ago (at the time of writing). The new region has the following services ... Launch services for google …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017

Google cloud glitch hits at Beer O'Clock Friday, fix coming Monday

POLL Google's got a problem with its Cloud SQL service – about seven per cent of instances using the service's first-generation code aren't backing up properly. The problem started at 16:54 on Friday afternoon and by 17:34 the company announced it was “forcing” backups “as short-term mitigation.” There's no suggestion data is in …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2017
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SAP puts its heads in multiple clouds

SAP's decided the time is right for its cloud to play nicely with other clouds. The Earl of ERP has previously signalled that its platform-as-a-service will soon soon be available in clouds other than its own and at its Sapphire Now conference it has delivered. The SAP Cloud Platform can now run across three different clouds …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
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Google dangles bundle of cloud goodies to lure biz devs away from AWS

Google Next '17 Google has rolled out a slew of new additions to its Cloud platform, including public release of the Cloud Functions serverless code set. The real-life Hooli says that it hopes the new features and services strike a chord with developers and companies hoping to migrate from on-prem systems. Part of the news is the move of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2017
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Google Cloud kicked QEMU to the kerb to harden KVM

Google has revealed how it hardened the open source KVM hypervisor to run in its cloud. Removing the QEMU hardware emulation tool looks to be a big part of its efforts. Google Cloud's technical lead manager Andy Honig and senior product manager Nelly Porter write that the company decided it needed to develop its own …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

'G' is for 'Google' and 'GPU' and 'gaining on other clouds'

Google's followed its cloudy rivals into the servers-plus-GPUs caper, announcing that “Early in 2017, Google Cloud Platform will offer GPUs worldwide for Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Machine Learning users.” The Alphabet subsidiary will offer AMD's FirePro S9300 x2 to power remote workstations. If you wonder why we' …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2016

Google BigQuery TITSUP caused by failure to scale-yer workloads

A four-hour outage of Google's BigQuery streaming service has taught the cloud aspirant two harsh lessons: its cloud doesn't always scale as well as it would like, and; it needs to explain itself better during outages. The Alphabet subsidiary's trouble started last Tuesday when a surge in demand for the BigQuery authorization …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2016
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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

Google has admitted that some customers running Persistent Disks in its europe-west1-b region have been forced to recover data from snapshots after a combination of lightning and old storage kit was is to blame. The outage hit last Friday and left some users unable to connect Persistent Disks – a disk that exists independently …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015

Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

Google's revealed that it has once again borked its own cloud with an update. The latest incident hit last Thursday, when the company made what it's calling “A routine software upgrade to the authorization process in BigQuery”. That update “had a side effect of reducing the cache hit rate of dataset permission validation … …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2015
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Google: Are you BIG? Be welcome at the Bigtable, chomp and scoff data

Google has opened up its Bigtable database – which, among other things powers the ad giant's search tech – to businesses handling vast amounts of data. The multi-billion dollar company claimed in a blog post this morning that its Google Cloud Bigtable would help enterprises and big orgs to deal with "the coming age of the …
Team Register, 6 May 2015

Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

Fans of new Linux operating system "CoreOS" can now run the lightweight tech on Google's main cloud service. This means developers who want a Linux OS that takes up just 168MB of RAM, runs all of its applications within containers, and is designed for marshaling mammoth clusters of computers, can now do so on top of Google's …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014
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Google loads Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can now shift their licenses from on-premise gear up into Google's cloud as well as Amazon's. The new licensing option was announced by Google and Red Hat on Monday alongside the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Google's Amazon-killing "Cloud Platform". RHEL had been …
Jack Clark, 7 Apr 2014

Google scrambles to block backdoors

The ongoing revelations about NSA snoopery have prompted The Chocolate Factory to accelerate its effort to encrypt user data at every possible point. Mountain View had already announced that its Google Cloud Storage platform was adding server-side encryption to reassure users. User data uploaded to the service is now being …

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