Cloud Audit Logging Generally Available Across GCP Stack, Google Buys Fabric

Cloud Audit Logging for Google Cloud Dataflow, Stackdriver Debugger and Stackdriver Logging generally available now--more products to add later in the fall. Fabric and Firebase joining forces.

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Google Cloud Audit Logging offers enterprises a simple way to track activity in applications built on top of Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and integrate logs with monitoring and logs analysis tools, today expand to integrate the following set of products "all currently in beta":

"Google Compute Engine, Google Container Engine, Google Cloud Dataproc, Google Cloud Deployment Manager, Google Cloud DNS, Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), Google Cloud Storage, and Google Cloud SQL."

In addition, audit logging for Google Cloud Dataflow, Stackdriver Debugger and Stackdriver Logging is now generally available. And, this fall, it'll became generally available for a number of other products too.

Cloud Audit Logging provides log streams for each integrated product. The primary log stream is the admin activity log that contains entries for actions that modify the service, individual resources or associated metadata. Some services also generate a data access log that contains entries for actions that read metadata as well as API calls that access or modify user-provided data managed by the service. Right now only Google BigQuery generates a data access log, but that will change soon.

  • You can see a high-level overview of all audit logs on the Cloud Console Activity page. Click on any entry to display a detailed view of that event, as shown below.
  • You can also interact with the audit logs just like any other log in the Stackdriver Logs Viewer.
  • Partner like Splunk, Netskope, and Tenable Network Security.
  • Stackdriver Logging provides the ability to create logs-based metrics that can be monitored and used to trigger Stackdriver alerting policies.
  • Cloud Functions, a lightweight, event-based, asynchronous compute solution allows you to execute small, single-purpose functions in response to events such as specific log entries.

Audit Logging in Google Cloud Console

Firebase, which help developers build high-quality apps, grow their user base, and earn more money across iOS, Android and the Web.

The patform, since launch is already well adopted and also recently introduced major enhancements to many core features, including Firebase Analytics, Test Lab and Cloud Messaging, as well as added support for game developers with a C++ SDK and Unity plug-in.

Today, Google signed an agreement to acquire Fabric, developed by the Twitter, will help in delivering a comprehensive suite of features for iOS, Android and mobile Web app development. "During the transition period, Digits, the SMS authentication services, will be maintained by Twitter," writes Google.

"While Fabric was built on the foundation of Crashlytics, the Fabric team leveraged its success to launch a broad set of important tools, including Answers and Fastlane. We expect that Crashlytics will become the main crash reporting offering for Firebase and will augment the work that we have already done in this area," Google said.

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Update 01/20: "CloudBolt isn't just limited to dev/test workloads, but anything your team runs on VMs. As a cloud management platform that integrates your on-prem virtualization and private cloud resources with the public cloud, CloudBolt serves as a bridge between your existing infrastructure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP)," explains Google.

"Developers within your organization can provision the resources they need through an intuitive self-service portal, while IT maintains full control over how these provisioned environments are configured, helping them reap the cost and agility benefits of GCP using the development tools and processes they've built up over the years."

CloudBolt even provides a way to automatically scan and discover VMs in both on-prem and cloud environments.

Google has worked out a tutorial that describes how to quickly provision these environments in a self-service capacity, while maintaining full control over governance and policies required by enterprise IT.

See this self-service tutorial guide here.