Google will hold another Google Cloud Platform Live event for developers this year on Nov. 4 in San Francisco, following up on the success of its first such event this past March. The event is aimed at exposing cloud developers to a myriad of hot topics in cloud computing, while also teaching them how to build a scalable cloud app on the Google Cloud Platform.
The Nov. 4 event, which costs $200 and requires registration, was announced by Joerg Heilig, Google's vice president of engineering, in an Aug. 12 post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog.
"Earlier this year, thousands of developers joined us online and in person at the first Google Cloud Platform Live," wrote Heilig. "These developers came from a range of companies—from technology start-ups to Fortune 500s. Some of them had used Google Cloud Platform for years, while others were new to cloud computing." Topics at that first session included a vision for the future of development, a first look at managed VMs, new developer tools, updates to BigQuery and a new model for Cloud economics, he wrote.
The upcoming Nov. 4 edition, which will also be broadcast live from San Francisco, will cover the architectural tradeoffs of IaaS (infrastructure as a service) vs. PaaS (platform as a service), hands-on building, deployment and monitoring of apps, examples of end-to-end development cycles and real examples to help developers make their apps better, wrote Heilig. "People joining us in person will get to visit our Cloud Techstop to talk to our support team and solutions architects, check out the great work being done by our technology partners in the Partner Sandbox and meet the Googlers who build the products you know face-to-face."
In addition to being able to view the event online, Google will also offer a watch party at Google New York, he wrote.
Google is always busy making improvements and advances in its cloud platform components and services for developers.
In July, it unveiled a North American Developer Roadshow which took its Google Cloud Platform out across the country to introduce it to developers and show them how they could use it in their work, according to an earlier eWEEK report. The event began on July 21 and ended on Aug. 22, visiting 11 cities across North America, providing a technical, demo-based introduction to Google Cloud Platform.
In June 2014, Google unveiled a raft of new tools and services for the Cloud Platform that are aimed at helping with data handling, application development and more. The additions, which were announced at the Google I/O 2014 developers conference, included a successor to MapReduce, new cloud diagnostic tools, easier App Engine integration for mobile apps and a new cloud debugger.
Earlier in June, Google announced that it is experimenting with a new method to drastically speed up the transfer of large data sets on the company's cloud storage platform. The process, called Online Cloud Import for Google Cloud Storage, is in limited preview mode for selected customers to use and test as the system is refined. Interested customers can sign up to participate in the limited preview. Users can configure their desired synchronization by employing a set of advanced filters based on file-creation dates, file name filters and the times of day they prefer to import data. Once the data is synchronized, users will receive an email notification with complete details about the process.
In April, Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform services to the Asia-Pacific region as it moves to expand the reach of its cloud services to more developers around the world. The new service availability means that the Google Cloud Platform Website and the developer console will also be available in Japanese and Traditional Chinese.
Earlier in April, Google unveiled new lower pricing for Google Cloud Platform customers through "Sustained Use Discounts" that the company made available to users who run large projects on virtual machines. Under the new pricing scheme, users will save more as they use more virtual machines in the Google Cloud.
In March, the company introduced a new Google APIs Client Library for .NET and improved documentation for using third-party Puppet, Chef, Salt and Ansible configuration-management tools, according to an eWEEK report. The new Google APIs Client Library for .NET is an open-source effort, hosted at NuGet, that lets developers building on the Microsoft .NET Framework integrate their desktop or Windows Phone applications with Google's services. The library includes more than 50 Google APIs for Windows developers.