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Google Cloud Continues Momentum With Key Kroger Partnership

Grocery giant Kroger recently announced a new partnership with Google Cloud Platform. The move comes as part of their goal to have a leading role in digital initiatives such as home grocery delivery.

Kroger chose Google Cloud due to their suite of products and services that streamline operations and allow them to scale their efforts without up front investments in legacy on-premises equipment.

This marks another big win for GCP in just the last few months. Cisco, Salesforce, and Marketo are just a few other large organizations who have partnered with Google in the second half of 2017.

As GCP continues to build momentum in the cloud wars, are you ready to take advantage of the opportunities that will present themselves? Stay tuned to Linux Academy for more Google Cloud Platform courses that are currently in development. We have a LOT of new material coming soon that you’ll love. Until then, check out part one of our Google Certified Professional – Cloud Architect course, as well as our other GCP offerings.

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Google Cloud Platform Pumps Up the Power With 96 Core Machine Types

What do Google Cloud Platform and Scotty from Star Trek have in common? They both need more power!

Google just announced the ability to create single VMs on Compute Engine with up to 96 cores. This is a 50% increase from their previous max allotment and greater than any other cloud platform vendor. With the new high core count machines, you can also pair them with up to 624 GB of memory (with plans to offer up to 4 TB in the future). To avoid paying for more resources than you need, custom machine types are also available so you can select your own memory to CPU count ratio which, again, only GCP offers.

These new machine types are among the few to be certified for SAP HANA scale-up deployments, which require massive power for its database resources. (more…)

How to Move into an AWS Role from a Traditional IT job

A few years ago, I was working for one of the largest consulting firms in the world. I was recruited into their Emerging Tech department and was in a traditional software development/consulting role. I am very grateful that this company invested in its talent, and there were always incredible learning opportunities. One of my first clients was a large cruise line and our presence on the project was growing rapidly – I was one of the first on the ground, and it ended up being well over a 200-person project. One area we needed help in was DevOps – which, believe it or not – was a relatively new concept, so I asked my lead to attend a DevOps Academy within the firm. During the DevOps Academy, they touched on AWS; I was immediately in awe, and a mentor that I had respected nudged me and said, “If you like this AWS stuff, they have full training you can attend and will pay for you to get certified.” That was basically it – I was hooked! I took the AWS Developer training (and back then very few people in the firm even had that cert), got certified, and joined the firm’s AWS strategic partnership. OK, so that was how I did it several years ago – but how can you do it now? (more…)

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Fantastic Opportunities Developing in Cloud Computing Careers

There is a Cloud revolution under way. It has been going on for several years now, but recently, it’s significance has increased dramatically. Businesses, both large and small, are driven to the cloud to save costs, access more data, automate, and remain competitive. And as a result, there has been a huge increase in the demand for cloud engineers, cloud developers, and cloud security experts in the last year. Businesses need to hire professionals that have a demonstrated deep knowledge of the latest cloud enabled technologies, such as serverless computing, big data, machine learning, DevOps, functional programming, software controlled networking, IoT, cloud security, and much more. (more…)

Azure Event Grid: The Missing Link For Serverless Domination

Two weeks ago, Azure announced what is arguably its most significant feature change since Azure Resource Manager. Thing is, most people don’t have much use for it today, and might not for a while, so you may not recognize it as such for quite some time.

But make no mistake: Azure Event Grid, now in public preview, is critical to the future of Azure, because it’s the missing link in the microservices architecture and makes serverless computing a first-class citizen in Azure.

For the uninitiated, let’s take a moment to review what it means to be serverless, and how that fits into a microservices architecture. (more…)

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Google Cloud Platform’s Continuing Momentum Can’t Be Ignored

Last week, marketing automation juggernaut Marketo announced that they’re moving all of their automation software to Google Cloud Platform as well as forming joint partnerships within Google’s own workplace software platform. This marks another flagship customer choosing the forwarding-thinking capabilities that GCP offers.

This has been a trend for the past couple years, since VMware founder Diane Greene took a leading role in Google’s cloud business. Evernote, Spotify, Niantic (Pokemon Go), Coca-Cola, Disney, and now Marketo are just some of the recent big names that have come on board in recent years.

While AWS is still the current market leader among cloud vendors, there are several reasons why GCP has enjoyed so much momentum recently:

  • Infrastructure – From a technical perspective, GCP’s underlying infrastructure has always been without equal. They are one of the few vendors who run a global private fiber network. This means that when data travels between Google’s data centers, it does so on their own high speed network, not over public channels. Additionally, the data centers that power GCP are the exact same that power Google’s own high-speed services.
  • Big Data and Machine Learning – I can’t think of anyone who does big data and machine learning better than Google, period, and other companies are starting to take notice. Box is now using GCP for their image management abilities, and companies like Fastly are turning to Google’s BigQuery for insanely fast big data analytics.
  • Moving beyond IaaS – Managed PaaS offerings such as Google App Engine have been shown to dramatically decrease administrative overhead while allowing applications to scale to ‘Google scale’ effortlessly. Last fall, Super Mario Run launched its mobile game to a global audience. Building the incredibly popular game on Google App Engine made it possible.
  • Renewed focus on business partnerships – While GCP has always been an incredibly powerful platform, AWS has usually done a better job of forming key business partnerships. The addition of Diane Greene to their cloud team has made a powerful impact on shifting momentum to Google’s side.

This renewed momentum combined with high tech engineering is why Ms. Greene has said their goal is to overtake AWS by the year 2022. By combining their superior technological infrastructure with new focus on partnerships, they just might.

The question then becomes: Will you be prepared to take advantage of this shift? At Linux Academy, we’ve just opened up our first course for preparing for the Google Cloud Architect certification, which is poised for high demand in the next few years. Your journey to prepare for ‘what’s next’ begins here.

New Courses: Azure Exam 70-533 & Google Certified Professional Courses

We’re so excited to announce the release of two brand new courses this week! Doug V refreshed Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Exam 70-533 course to keep you updated in the latest 70-533 exam objectives, and Matt U launched the new Google Certified Professional – Cloud Architect – Part 1 course for those of you interested in taking the Google Cloud Architect certification exam!


How Can You Contribute to OpenStack? Let Me Count the Ways…

If you’re into OpenStack, you’re probably very well aware that our community is supported by thousands of individual contributors from all over the world, who volunteer their time writing and reviewing code. Now that you know how to get certified, the natural progression – not only to increase attractiveness to recruiters but also create relationships with other ‘Stackers – is to get involved with a project or 20. (more…)