Google Cloud Next ‘21: Top Takeaways from Day 3

We’ve made it to the third and final day of Google Cloud Next ‘21! Today was Community Day, which encouraged technologists to learn and grow together. A focus on ensuring an inclusive environment was key in fostering innovation and collaboration throughout the day (and always).

The day’s lineup focused on spotlight conversations, live community meetups, and hands-on labs. Let’s dive into a few of today’s happenings from the final day of Google Cloud Next ‘21 that caught our attention.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Drive Innovation in Tech

Several of today’s community meet-ups and spotlights focused on fostering inclusion within the tech industry. This included a spotlight talk between Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google Cloud, and Jim Hogan, Principal Innovative Strategist at Google Cloud, on inclusion and neurodiversity in the workplace, as well as a Women Techmakers meetup.

During their discussion, Jim talked about his experience with finding inclusion in the workspace and the belief that providing better access to an inclusive work environment is essential to innovation.

During the Women Techmakers meetup, ways to collaborate and produce more opportunities for women in tech were discussed. They also dove into how some of their top members use their skills on Google Cloud specifically, and how others can get involved by engaging with their ongoing initiatives, attending Women Techleaders events, or engaging with educational content.

Putting It All Together with Vertex AI Workbench 

During some of today’s discussions, the new Google Cloud Vertex AI Workbench was spotlighted several times. Vertex AI Workbench is now in preview and aims to help engineers work more efficiently, without having to jump from service to service.

Workbench is a managed notebook solution that acts as the “single development environment for the entire data science workflow.” You can now build and train models up to five times faster, quickly access machine learning with tools like BigQuery and Spark within the same environment. You can also start and manage deployment, training, and integration workflows in one location.

Unifying Cloud Platforms with Anthos for VMs

Anthos updates also kept coming up during today’s community sessions and hands-on labs. As Google’s modern application development platform, Anthos provides hybrid and multi-cloud application management. In their efforts to make Google Cloud more accessible, it was announced that Anthos for Virtual Machines will allow you to standardize on Kubernetes while continuing to run some workloads that cannot be easily containerized in virtual machines.

Designed and released in 2018, Anthos was originally designed to run applications in containers across your various hybrid or multi-cloud environments. Opening Anthos to VMs, allows developers to create and manage applications choosing their own preference for containers, VMs, or both. 

Anthos Multi-Cloud API was also announced. This solution allows developers to create and manage clusters right from the web console for both AWS and Azure cloud environments. These Anthos clusters also integrate with public cloud providers’ specific resources, such as load balancers and persistent storage, to simplify the experience.

We hope you enjoyed the final day of Google Cloud Next ‘21 as much as we did. Let us know what some of your favorite sessions were in the comments below. Follow Qwinix | Cloudbakers on social to stay up-to-date on all things Google Cloud year-round.


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