At Google's Cloud Next event in San Francisco, partners are announcing third-party data services on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) that offer impressive integration with Google's own offerings. Confluent, the company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka, is one such partner. Fivetran, which delivers data from a variety of databases and Software as a Services (SaaS) applications into major data warehouse platforms, is another. For Confluent, the story is pretty straightforward: Confluent Cloud, the company's managed service based on Apache Kafka, had been already been available for almost a year on GCP. But now, rather than simply running on GCP infrastructure, Confluent Cloud on GCP will integrate tightly with the first-party experience.
The two biggest gaming giants have, after years of battling it out, joined forces for the betterment of gamers everywhere. Believe it or not, Sony and Microsoft have partnered up, apparently to work on a project they both believe in. We're talking about cloud gaming of course, something a number of companies have invested in, including Google with Stadia, and Nvidia with Shield. According to an official statement by Microsoft, "The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services. Microsoft also says "these efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community."
Google continues its subsea cable investment spree with new JGA cable system project. Google is investing in a new subsea cable that will connect Tokyo and Osaka to Guam, and Guam to Sydney. The Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA) cable system will stretch close to 6,000 miles and will be completed in 2019. The tech giant has invested in JGA's southern segment, which will connect Guam to Sydney, along with Australian ISP AARNet and subsea manufacturer RTI-C. People living in Australia and south-east Asia will see the capacity and range of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) boosted in those regions.