Kurian also indicated an open strategy this week by announcing a range of new partnerships with best-of-breed open source database and analytics technology providers in a bid to broaden out customer’s access to open source solutions.
The majority of these new partnerships are database technologies, like DataStax and its enterprise version of the highly scalable Apache Cassandra, Confluent and its Apache Kafka expertise, MongoDB’s NoSQL database, or Neo4j’s enterprise graph database offering.
The new partnerships mean customers of these technologies can deploy to Google Cloud in a tightly integrated manner, with united management, billing and support.
In a more general sense Kurian told Computerworld UK that: “Our goal has always been simple: you have to have the best technology and the easiest to adopt solutions that give customers choice. If you do, they will choose you, if you don’t, eventually they will be unhappy.”
In a blog post Chris DiBona, director of open source and Kevin Ichhpurani, VP of the global partner ecosystem at Google Cloud wrote: “Google’s belief in an open cloud stems from our deep commitment to open source. We believe that open source is the future of public cloud: It’s the foundation of IT infrastructure worldwide and has been a part of Google’s foundation since day one. This is reflected in our contributions to projects like Kubernetes, TensorFlow, Go, and many more.”