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Oct122018

Google Adding New Enterprise-grade Features in Google+ Enterprise, Offer $100K in Cloud Credit Through GNI CC

Google a couple of days earlier announced the closer of the consumer version of Google+ at the same time said that its enterprise customers are finding great value with Google+ within their organizations, from now on it will focus on Google+ for enterprises.

Adding that in the next few days it will share more information on updates for Google+ enterprise. Today, the company as has shared a sneak-peek into some new enterprise-grade features for the enterprise version of Google+.

When it comes to cross-departmental collaboration “silos” are reported as one of the biggest obstacles and Google+ for enterprises help companies drive collaboration by transcending these silos, says Google.

The feature will help in getting information to those in other regions and functions as well as engage in conversation at all levels in a business.

Here is an overview of the new experience designed specifically to meet the needs of organizations with distributed workforces:

More Manageability for Google+ Admins

In their effort to make Google+ enterprise-grade manageability as the rest of G Suite, Google is now providing new functionality to let admins review and moderate employees posts.

These new capabilities will be joining existing features like permissions for sharing outside an organization, bulk-add Groups and view engagement metrics for Google+ communities.

A look at the new manageability features:

Advance Manageability for Google+ enterprises

Tagging Contents

For better cross-organization conversation in Google+ enterprises, workers will now be able to “tag” posts, which will make content more discoverable.

Workers soon will see suggested tags while they draft posts, for example when posting about customer survey results, tags such as #research or #customer-insights will appear to select.

A look GIF animation shows new tagging feature:

Google+ Enterprise Tagging

Another new ability coming to admins will let them create “custom streams,” so employees can get topical communications.

For example, “a custom stream for “Global Leadership” could include all executives communications and allow employees to engage in discussions with leadership directly through posts,” explained Google.

A look at the new custom streams:

Google+ enterprises custom streams

Additionally, a new post analytics feature will enable users that use G Suite to store reporting structure to view “how their content is being viewed by functions across an organization,” such as product or sales teams.

The new features are currently in test mode and will be rolling out “sooner,” says Google “We look forward to seeing these roll out.”

Google today added new replication options to the Cloud Storage Platform (GCP), as well as shared the future Cloud Storage functionalities.

“Google Cloud Storage is the unified object storage that powers many Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers, letting them store and move data as needed.”

Here are details of new Cloud Storage choices:

New dual-regional option beta allows storing data in a dual-regional Cloud Storage location, that offer characteristics like geo-redundant storage with predictable, low-latency storage access for co-located compute resources.

A pair of specific GCP regions, these can be selected from a list of dual-regional when creating a new multi-regional storage bucket.

Once picked a pair is selected, data in that bucket replicate geo-redundantly across those specific two regions.

You can see here how to create a dual-regional bucket:

A GIF animation shows dual-regional bucket:

Google Cloud Storage dual-regional bucket

Nearline and Coldline Data in Multi-regional Locations

These two tiers are now geo-redundant in multi-regional locations with improved data accessibility to millisecond latency.

Accompanying this change, Google also raising the availability SLA for these two tiers from 99.0% to 99.9%.

Selecting the Nearline or Coldline storage in a multi-regional location (EU, U.S. or Asia) will automatically distribute data redundantly across that location.

With these new additions, Google Cloud will soon offer only two dimensions for Cloud Storage:

  • Redundancy type: Multi-regional, dual-regional or regional
  • Access tier: Standard, Nearline and Coldline

An image below shows the new pricing chart in US dollars of Cloud Storage:

New Pricing chart of Google Cloud Storage

These changes will become available in the UI, on the web, and in the documentation.

Also launched today is a new Cloud Storage C++ client library, particularly useful for big data, high-intensity-compute apps in Cloud Storage.

This library will let developers optimize object storage performance when creating low-latency, high-throughput applications.

Cloud Storage C++ library can be downloaded over here.

March, we launched Cloud Identity to help customers manage users, devices, and apps from a central console. In July, we announced context-aware access, an innovative approach to access management that implements many elements of Google’s BeyondCorp vision for apps and services on Google Cloud and beyond.

Three new tools that will extend the Cloud Identity and security capabilities announced today include:

Cloud Identity for Customers and Partners (CICP) will help developers add Google-grade identity and access management features to their apps.

This new customer identity and access management (CIAM) platform will be available in public beta in new few weeks.

A look at the Cloud Identity for Customers and Partners (CICP):

Google Cloud Identity for Customers and Partners (CICP),

Secure LDAP in Cloud Identity rolling globally and to G Suite customers in the coming weeks. This will provide a single identity and access management platform to manage access to SaaS apps and traditional LDAP-based apps/infrastructure hosted on-premises or in the cloud.

The beta context-aware access capabilities allow customers using Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) manage access to their web apps hosted on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) based on context (location, device security status) in addition to their identity.

An image below shows context-aware access in Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy:

context-aware access capabilities for customers using Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP)

Building on its Google News Initiative Cloud Program that offered free 200,000 G Suite license to news companies who have fewer than 500 employees, Google today started inviting applications for the GNI Cloud Credit Program.

The eligible companies with less than 1,000 workers will be able to apply for up to $100,000 each in Google Cloud Platform credits and up to $50,000 in implementation support.

To help qualified publishers better utilize their Cloud Credit, Google will provide them support to work with third-party cloud specialists.

“For example, with Google Cloud Platform credits, publishers can simplify time-intensive tasks like translating articles and transcribing interviews through tools like Cloud Speech to Text and the Cloud Translation API,” explained Google.

Update 10/13: Google Cloud has begun providing container-native load balancing for applications running on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Kubernetes on Compute Engine, reaffirming containers as first-class citizens on GCP.

With this launch, users can now program load balancers with arbitrary network endpoints as IP port pairs using network endpoint groups (NEGs), and load balancing directly to the containers, says Google.

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