Former head of Intel’s Data Center Group Diane Bryant has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Google Cloud, bringing an engineering background and 30 years of industry experience to the position, as well as experience leading a group that brought in $17 billion in revenue last year, according to a blog post announcing her appointment.
Bryant left her role at Intel in May, taking a lengthy leave of absence for family reasons. At the time Intel CEO Brian Krzanich credited her with transforming the group “from a server-centric group to a business that spans servers, network, and storage across all end-user segments, and with product lines and business models that extend beyond the traditional.” At the same time Intel’s shift included a greater focus on the server business, including an appearances by Bryant at AWS re:Invent to announce new chip deployments.
“Google Cloud is the most technologically advanced, most highly available, and most open cloud in the world,” Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene wrote in the blog post. “We are growing at an extraordinary rate as we enable businesses to become smarter with data, increase their agility, collaborate and secure their information. Diane’s strategic acumen, technical knowledge and client focus will prove invaluable as we accelerate the scale and reach of Google Cloud.”
Bryant had worked at Intel since 1985, and was promoted from senior VP to executive VP in April 2016. She also serves on the board of United

 

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When businesses talk about the public cloud, two of the top concerns that often come up are speed and cost. Google is hoping to give its cloud users more control over these aspects with new network tiers that help them optimize for either performance or cost savings.
Premium Tier – which Google said is optimized for performance – is what existing Google Cloud customers use. This tier “delivers traffic over Google’s well-provisioned, low latency, highly reliable global network. This network consists of an extensive global private fiber network with over 100 points of presence (POPs) across the globe.”
In Premium Tier, end users enter Google’s private network through the POP closest to them, and GCP delivers the traffic to the application over the private network.
Given that existing customers are already accustomed to the performance of Premium Tier, it seems unlikely that these customers would be the target for the cheaper tier; however Google said that some use cases may suit the Standard Tier, which offers lower performance.
“Over the last 18 years, we built the world’s largest network, which by some accounts delivers 25-30 percent of all internet traffic,” Urs Hölzle, SVP Technical Infrastructure, Google said. “You enjoy the same infrastructure with Premium Tier. But for some use cases, you may prefer a cheaper, lower-performance alternative. With Network Service Tiers, you can choose the network that’s right for you,

 

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Not long after Google Cloud senior vice president Diane Greene said that in the next five years it could overtake Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the top hyperscale cloud provider, Google appears to be making headway on this promise.
Alphabet reported its Q2 2017 earnings on Monday, and while analysts were tripped up on the rising costs on its advertising side and the massive anti-trust fine, Google’s cloud business continues to hum along as investments in talent and infrastructure pay off.
In Q2 2017, Alphabet reported revenues of $26 billion, an increase of 21 percent on the same period last year. Google Cloud revenues sit in the “other revenues” category, which reported over $3 billion in revenues, a rise of 42 percent from Q2 2016.
Google’s ongoing focus on attracting enterprise customers to its cloud is starting to have a material impact on its earnings, according to second quarter results. Its enterprise cloud customers include Nintendo, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Spotify. Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts on Monday that Google Cloud Platform has a “diverse set of use cases across sectors and industries and geographies and so, I would say the breadth of what we have seen, it’s really surprised me.”
“Google Cloud Platform, GCP, continues to experience impressive growth across products, sectors and geographies and increasingly with large enterprise customers in regulated sectors. To be more specific about our momentum with

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