Javier Martinez, Customer Engineer, highlighted the importance of modernizing the infrastructure of companies, migrating to solutions from Google. The tools, available free of charge, allow companies a safe and easy migration, and examples are SAP in the Google Cloud, as well as Windows, widely used in companies, also supported by Google Cloud Platform services.
But how to operate in a hybrid environment? The new multicloud solution from Google is called Anthos, which lets you run the services in both the cloud and the physical systems of companies. This solution is based on open source and allows users to apply anywhere, giving them the freedom to change between their structures in a secure way. To emphasize security, with data always on the side of companies, but with the protection of third parties by Google.
Carlos Salgueiro, Customer Engineer Google Cloud, mentioned some concepts of Serverless models, that is, running code as a service, used in just one event, for example. Customers pay only for code usage time, not for all associated infrastructure.
Case Studies of Portuguese companies that already use Google Cloud
Renato Gomes, Corporate Accounts of Google Cloud Portugal, highlights the area of productivity, with some practical examples that companies can introduce, the so-called G Suite. The company claims that since joining the collaboration area, it has created root tools to address the needs of the market with real-time assistance. The search and indexing capability provided by Google Search is given as an advantage of its solution, making it smart and proactive in helping businesses.
Jose Vera, of José de Mello Saúde, highlights his 20 units (18 private and two public), saying that he operates 24/7, using 72 critical applications for health care, with 5,700 work points and 4,500 printers . Faced with this environment, the healthcare unit needs agility, and to that end it has gone to the G Suite, with Chromebooks and CloudReady.
The company's first mission was to contain costs in IT growth, but on the other hand to increase the response of the workplace and its professionals. José Vera emphasizes the ease and the reduction of the time used in the activities, especially when it was necessary to change a machine, before losing time to pass data and to configure. At this point it is enough to disconnect the broken machine and exchange it for another one, because these do not contain data, they are connected to the Cloud. Also, when it comes to safety, if they steal a machine, they take it "empty."
Marcel Smit, CEO of Energy Worx, an energy company, analyzes the data generated. To cope with the growth of the amount of data, the company would have to increase the number of machines, space and employees. By switching to the G Suit, the company began to manage elements such as storage and artificial intelligence more easily, says the executive. The lower cost of operations with Google's solution, given the number of tools available, was the second reason for becoming a Google Cloud partner. The company has a large project with EDP, for the introduction of smart meters. And the company is hiring.
In an interview with SAPO TEK, Jorge Reto made a positive balance of the first year, noting that more important than the financial goals, "and these are well, as we are doing the numbers that Corporate asks us", was to cement the area of partners and grow the network of partnerships. The head of Google Cloud in Portugal pointed out that there are already many certifications and many certified technicians in Google Cloud. One of the concerns was to make Google Cloud aware and then make the market realize that the company is, in the technology field, at least at the level of other cloud providers, but in many areas are leaders, "and we are getting through this message, "he points out, and to consolidate its network of partners. But there is still much to do, please note.
Asked if Portuguese companies already understand the advantages of Google Cloud, Jorge Reto believes that yes, but that it is a process, and that adoption to the cloud is still very low, in percentage terms compared to what exists "on premisse" scattered by data centers. Jorge Reto says that the worldwide adoption of the cloud is at 9%, with the United States registering more users than Europe. "Companies are increasingly starting to talk about this and we see very large organizations saying that they will put 80/90% of their systems in the cloud," adding that the questions about stability and security of services have already been passed.
Jorge Reto believes that the "click" that is lacking in evolution and the way to do it is the kind of approach to the cloud: "an infrastructure approach is still being done", giving the example of Energy Worx, which in a first decision was for AWS in a change of infrastructure, but then came across Google's cloud 2.0 solution, which is basically serverless, that is, without the need to worry about the infrastructure, but with the services available. "If you need Analytics customers pay per query, and have unlimited resources worldwide, if you want applications there is no limit, and in this case I give the example of the Pokémon GO, which when launched was using our technology," said the executive. .
In this vision, Google wants companies to skip the investment made in servers and their costs, and think about what they really need for their business in a serverless cloud adoption. A given example is that a very small company can compete with a large company using the same resources, and in a practical example, a small grocery store can set up the same smart and automatic chat bot as a huge chain of hypermarkets to develop their business …