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Expanding Kubernetes in the enterprise: Google Container Engine + Pivotal Container Service

Category: Google | Aug 29, 2017

Cloud users are overwhelmingly opting for a hybrid cloud strategy. According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report, 85% of enterprises now have a multi-cloud architecture strategy. Many of these customers are looking to container technology to help modernize their application development and DevOps functions across their cloud investments.   

Portability and simplification

To help organizations manage their container deployments across private and public clouds, Google is fostering an open path to hybrid cloud. This approach builds on the momentum and popularity of Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration system for cross-cloud portability and ease of management.

One of the companies we’ve been working closely with to deliver on this vision of an open, hybrid cloud is Pivotal — which we recently named our Global Technology Partner of the Year. Last year, we announced that PCF was available on Google Cloud Platform, enabling enterprise customers to build and deploy apps that can scale, store and analyze data quickly both on-prem and in the cloud. And today we’re excited to extend the work we’re doing with Pivotal to more businesses looking to move to the cloud.

Continuous innovation and collaboration with cloud industry leaders

Today, we’re happy to announce another collaboration with Pivotal, based on the open-source project Kubo, a tool that instantiates, deploys and manages Kubernetes clusters with high availability on public and private clouds. We’re working closely with VMware and Pivotal to support Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS), a new service that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). PKS lets enterprises easily use the same container orchestration technology that Google uses for its web-scale services in their on-premise deployments. Specifically, PKS includes:

  • Ops Manager tile & BOSH release within Pivotal Cloud Foundry

  • On-Demand Service Broker, for deploying on-demand Kubo clusters from CF

  • Google GCP Service Broker, for access to Google services to apps running on Kubo

  • VMware NSX

  • Integration to Wavefront and vROps monitoring tooling


Complete workload portability with Google Container Engine

One of the key features of PKS is release-level synchronization with Google Container Engine (GKE), ensuring that PKS is always on the same Kubernetes release as Container Engine. Release-level synchronization lets developers and operators build their applications for on-premises or public cloud targets without having to worry about platform drift or compatibility. Additionally, PKS features a fully managed experience backed by Google Site Reliability Engineers (SRE).

Access to Google Cloud Platform services

PKS will also come bundled with a new service broker that provides out-of-the-box access to GCP services including:

These services will be available on day one, for all PKS deployments, giving you access to Google’s advanced cloud services for all of your container-based applications.

Getting started

Visit the official PKS site for more details. Pivotal Container Engine is slated for general availability by end of 2017. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements soon or reach out to us for more information.


Put it in park with new features in Google Maps

Category: Google | Aug 29, 2017

Finding a parking spot is always top of mind, so we’re rolling out an update to the parking difficulty icons feature we launched earlier this year, and introducing a brand new one.

Parking Difficulty
Starting today, people in 25 additional cities outside of the United States can use parking difficulty icons on Google Maps for Android and iOS.


To see how hard it might be to park where you’re headed, just get directions to your destination and look for the parking difficulty icon in the directions card at the bottom of the screen. Parking difficulties range from limited to medium to easy and are based on historical parking data with a little machine learning magic.

Find Parking
Since parking can be unpredictable, we’re rolling out the ability to find parking near your destination on Google Maps for Android.





In 25 US cities, people can tap “find parking” on the directions card to see a list of parking garages and lots near their destination. Once they tap their selected option, it’s automatically added to their trip. And they’ll even get walking directions from their parking spot to their final destination. How’s that for door to door service?

With parking difficulty icons, the ability to find parking, and save your parking location on the map, Google Maps gets you from point A to point B and everything in between.  

*Parking difficulty icons are now available in the following cities: Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Toronto, Valencia, Vancouver

**People can now find parking in the following US cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, DC, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa.


Presenting the Eclipse Megamovie

Category: Google | Aug 28, 2017

Last Monday, people all across the United States turned their (protected) eyes skyward for the astronomical event of a lifetime: a total solar eclipse.

As the moon’s shadow crossed the U.S., more than 1,300 volunteer photographers (like Vivian White and Steven Madow) captured images of the sun’s faint outer atmosphere: the corona. We used those images to algorithmically create a continuous view of the corona during the hour and a half that the eclipse was visible from Earth (far longer than has ever been possible before). Today we’re happy to share the latest version of the Eclipse Megamovie as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together.

Eclipse Megamovie

So far photographers have submitted over 34,000 images (512GB of data) to the project and we’re thrilled for the next stage of the project to begin. The full dataset of images will be made publicly available in the coming weeks, allowing the scientific community and general public access to this fantastic set of images. We’re excited to see what scientific discoveries and improved Megamovie versions come next as more people get their hands on the data. Check back on the Megamovie website for updates on the dataset release as well as improved versions of the Megamovie.

This project would not have been possible without our partnership with UC Berkeley and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and of course a special thanks to our dedicated volunteers who made the Megamovie project a reality!


Supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Category: Google | Aug 27, 2017

On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm and Level 7 disaster, the highest American Red Cross disaster designation. It’s the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade. Initial reports estimate that several hundred thousand people have been temporarily displaced or affected by this storm.

Google stands with those affected, and here are the ways we’re hoping to help through our products and our philanthropy.

SOS Alerts for Hurricane Harvey

We launched an SOS Alert for Hurricane Harvey, offering the following the resources:

  • For people outside the affected area, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets, and the ability to make a donation for those affected.
  • For people in affected areas, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets from local officials, and help and info content for transit and flooding conditions.

The Harvey Crisis Map launched for this event, and featured within our SOS Alerts, includes the latest active alerts for the affected area, Waze-sourced shelters and road closure information, and weather information.Also, this map is embeddable for media outlets to freely use, with iframe functionality available through the share button on the map.

Google SOS Alert for Hurricane Harvey

$500K from & Google Employees

To support the organizations working directly with impacted communities, we’re making a $250,000 grant to the American Red Cross, and matching Googler donations up to $250,000 to the response efforts. Combined, the bulk of these funds will support the American Red Cross, who has been working to provide shelter and basic services for those affected, as well as Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon.

With more than 450 Googlers who call Texas home and thousands of other employees connected to Texas, the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our state is personal to many of us. We have been coordinating closely with the federal government, the Office of the Governor, and local elected officials to support their efforts on the ground. While the needs of the state will be great in the weeks and months to come, we hope that these funds will help provide the necessary resources to the communities affected and further inspire others to donate as well. We will continue to keep the people of Texas in our thoughts.


7 Ways your Assistant can help with your last minute vacation

Category: Google | Aug 25, 2017

Summer may be winding down, but it’s not over just yet. If you have time to squeeze in one last summer vacation before the leaves change, let your Assistant be, well, your Assistant and help you plan your last minute trip.

Let’s say you decide to head to Vancouver. Here are a few questions you can ask your Assistant:


  1. Do your research. “Ok Google, what’s the weather in Vancouver?”
  2. Schedule your flight. “Ok Google, show me flights to Vancouver on Saturday”
  3. Road tripping instead? “Ok Google, play my summer 2017 playlist.”
  4. Pick your adventure. “Ok Google, what should I do in Vancouver?”
  5. Eat, drink and be merry. “Ok Google, what are the best restaurants in Vancouver.”
  6. Camping? “Ok Google, show me places to camp near Vancouver.”
  7. And if you can’t have one last summer getaway, you can always reminisce … “Ok Google, show my photos from Spain in August.”

So go out there and enjoy a last hurrah for the summer.


The High Five: looking up, growing up and still dancing

Category: Google | Aug 25, 2017

Will Taylor Swift’s new album eclipse all others? Did I permanently damage my eyeballs this week? How did Patrick Swayze pull off that lift dance move? We had a lot of questions this week—check out some of the week’s top-searched trends.

Eyes on the sky

On Monday, some searched the sky for the eclipse while others searched on Google: “Where is the solar eclipse right now?” and “When will the solar eclipse happen near me?” And what about the people who neglected the proper eyewear? Search interest in “retina damage” spiked 760% on the day of the eclipse, with searches like “How to tell if you have damaged your eyes during the eclipse” and “Why is the solar eclipse bad for your eyes?” It took the solar eclipse a century to make a comeback, but Jim Steinman and Bonnie Rait’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” only took 34 years—search interest in the 80’s hit was at an all-time high this week.

They grow up so fast

This week, Former President Obama parked his car in the Harvard Yard—Malia moved to college, and she’s following in Dad’s footsteps by donning Harvard crimson. People are following along the move-in journey, searching, “What dorm is Malia Obama in?” “What is Malia studying at Harvard?” and “Does Malia Obama have secret service protection now?”

Still having the time of our lives

Decades later, no one puts Dirty Dancing in a corner. The film turns 30 years old this week and people are feeling nostalgic (and curious) with searches like, “How old was Jennifer Grey when she did Dirty Dancing?” “How old were the characters in Dirty Dancing supposed to be?” and “Is Dirty Dancing on Netflix?” The top region searching for Dirty Dancing is the state where it was filmed, North Carolina.

Snake it off

This week Taylor Swift teased her new album, Reputation, with a series of snake videos on her Instagram, and fans searched for the reason behind the reptilian reveal: “Who called Taylor Swift a snake?” and “Taylor swift snake meme.” But in the end, it’s all about the music— search interest in “Taylor Swift Reputation” was 440% higher than “Taylor Swift snake.”

Winner winner

The odds of winning the lottery are wicked low, but people still have some questions about Thursday’s $759 million Powerball ticket: “Who won the powerball?” “Where was the winning powerball ticket purchased?” and “What is power play in powerball?” Though the winning ticket was sold in Massachusetts, regions searching the most for Powerball were Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and West Virginia.


All dogs go to Google: a story of adoption in Chile

Category: Google | Aug 25, 2017

Google is a dog company. Googlers often bring their dogs—affectionately referred to as Dooglers—to work, but our company-wide love for dogs goes even deeper than that. 

Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company."

Google Code of Conduct

We recently heard a pretty cool story about dogs at our data center in Quilicura, Chile, and in honor of National Dog Day tomorrow, we’re sharing it with you.


This is Nala, who was adopted by a family in the U.S.!

While the data center in Chile was being built in 2014, the workers on site noticed a problem: about 40 stray dogs repeatedly visited the site in search of food. Cute dogs without loving owners? This was certainly a problem we could solve.

We built a kennel on the construction site to feed the dogs and keep them safe and healthy. We brought in a veterinarian to spay and neuter the dogs, give them antiparasitic treatment and ensure they had proper vaccinations. And most importantly, we named the dogs—Nala, Luna, Burro (translation: donkey), and Perro Chico (translation: small dog) are just a few.

From there, we created an adoption program for the dogs and spread word to the surrounding community. Within a year and a half, every dog found a new home.

We’ll bark to that. 


Google and 826 Valencia invite you to a “planet ruled by love”

Category: Google | Aug 25, 2017

In 2015, 826 Valencia—an organization that helps under-resourced students develop their writing skills—won a Impact Challenge grant to expand their programs in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. After receiving the grant, 826 turned to a group of volunteer Googlers to figure out how to use technology to amplify students’ voices. The result was a story about a “planet ruled by love,” written by young students and told through a new medium—virtual reality.

The Keyword team sat down with two of the Googlers behind the project—Rebecca Sills and Ryan Chen—as well as Lauren Hall, Director of Grants and Evaluation at 826 Valencia.

Documentary about the "planet ruled by love."

Keyword: How did everyone get involved in this project?

Lauren: I first walked into 826 Valencia 12 years ago and couldn’t believe what I stumbled upon—it was the perfect wedding of my passions, writing and social justice. I’ve worked there ever since. Technology has changed a lot in the last 12 years, and though 826 will always make books, we’re exploring storytelling mediums that are more technologically relevant for younger generations. So we tapped into Google’s creative brainpower to incorporate technology into our programs and the way our kids tell stories.

Rebecca: The magic of 826 is the simple act of an adult sitting down with a kid to unleash the power of their voice. I wanted to be a part of that magic—and the effort at Google was scrappy from the get-go. I recruited Googlers with different skill sets to get involved and it got mightier and mightier. Our guiding principle was to use Google’s technology to empower students to tell their stories in new ways. And we thought that VR was an exciting way to do that.

Ryan: I wanted to get involved in this project in a way that only Google could, so when Rebecca and team came up with the idea of telling the story using Tilt Brush (a virtual reality app that lets you draw and paint in three-dimensional space), I jumped on it.

How did you come up with the “planet ruled by love” idea?

Lauren: The Google team proposed creating a story in Tilt Brush as a totally new experience for the kids, and our immediate reaction was “what the heck is Tilt Brush?” But the idea had so much energy that it was an emphatic “Yes!” on our end. Leading up to the election in the U.S., we felt a division in the country, in our communities, even on school campuses. Someone suggested that we prompt the kids to write a story about a planet ruled by love, and we immediately went for it. It felt like an antidote to the division and drama around us.

How did the kids write the story?

Rebecca: We wanted to honor what already works at 826—helping kids express themselves through writing—and add a new layer. Students worked with volunteer tutors to develop, write and edit their own stories about the planet ruled by love. So many creative ideas came out of that! And then we worked with 826 staff to pull a line from each of the kids’ story—homes made of marshmallows, unicorn wolves, and love spread by nice words, to name a few—to make a version that represented all of their visions. From there, we turned the combined story into a 360-degree experience that they could watch in Cardboard.

Ryan, what was it like working in Tilt Brush?

Ryan: Prior to this project, I had been a 3D animator and illustrator working on screens and tablets. With Tilt Brush, you are creating in VR—it’s a cross between drawing and sculpture. When you first do it, you’re like, “OMG this is crazy. I’m inside the drawing.” After the students wrote the story, I drew rough storyboards and thumbnail sketches, then created the color pallet of the planet ruled by love. I wanted viewers to feel like they had one foot in Google world and one foot in another world. Then, I moved into Tilt Brush and created the final scenes. 


Early thumbnail sketches of the Tilt Brush story: hugs for everyone.


Early thumbnail sketches of the Tilt Brush story: Yes, that’s a flying taco truck. 


Early thumbnail sketches of the Tilt Brush story: It’s raining ice cream!


One of Ryan’s early color explorations for the planet ruled by love.


One of Ryan’s early color explorations for the planet ruled by love.

How has 826’s approach to incorporating technology changed? Will you incorporate VR and AR into storytelling projects in the future?

Lauren: Technology has helped us create a wider audience for students’ stories. For example, we’ve started a program for kids to make their own podcasts. We put them on SoundCloud and the links get tweeted and forwarded, and now thousands of people can hear these students’ voices. But in terms of VR, we’d love to keep exploring—we think of it as a 21st-century version of storytelling. VR allows viewers to experience a story in a way that builds greater empathy, context and understanding.

What aspect of the project are you most proud of?

Rebecca: The moment when the kids first put on their Cardboards and stepped into their imaginary world—it was a definite career high! Most of the kids and their parents were experiencing Cardboard for the first time. We watched as they were transported to a new world, and it was so sweet to see the kids recognize their own voices and contributions.

Lauren: I agree! I loved watching them reach out to touch the homes made of marshmallows and the families spending time together. It was magical.


All smiles after 826 Valencia students saw the planet they wrote about.


826 Valencia students creating their stories.


Reaching out to touch the planet ruled by love (at the book release party).


Welcome to our latest alliance and GCP customer: Marketo

Category: Google | Aug 24, 2017

Effective business-to-business marketing requires deep insights, which Google Cloud’s infrastructure and solutions can deliver at scale. Today we’re announcing a new alliance with Marketo, a leader in enterprise business-to-business marketing automation. As part of our work together, Google Cloud will help Marketo migrate its entire marketing automation product infrastructure from on-premises data centers to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in the coming months. Marketo will then be able to serve customers with its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products from Google Cloud.

In the first phase of our collaboration, we plan to accelerate integrations between Marketo solutions and G Suite. Marketo users will then be able to leverage G Suite offerings like Gmail, Sheets and Hangouts Chat for faster marketing content development and deeper engagement with customers and prospects.   

The new Marketo-Google Cloud alliance also extends to GCP. Advanced analytics tools like Google BigQuery and Machine Learning APIs can unveil new insights and bring expanded functionality and depth to marketing activities. We’ll also explore together ways to provide deeper integration between Marketo and other Google products, in addition to our own team expanding our use of Marketo’s platform to further engage with our customers.

Our relationship with Marketo demonstrates Google Cloud’s commitment to deep collaboration with leading SaaS companies (Evernote and Box) by providing the best public cloud platform to host their applications, leverage machine learning and data analytics and integrate with our productivity suite.

We look forward to working with Marketo to better serve our current and growing set of joint customers!


11 announcements from Google for Indonesia

Category: Google | Aug 24, 2017

We had a big day today in Jakarta, where we hosted the second annual Google for Indonesia event. From Google Station to YouTube Go, here’s a quick recap of the things we announced to make the internet more useful and relevant for Indonesians. 

Product features

YouTube Go in Indonesia

YouTube Go lets you preview videos and choose their file size before saving it offline to watch later

1. Google Station: To help improve access to the internet, we’re bringing Google Station to Indonesia in partnership with FiberStar and CBN. Our partners will roll out fast and reliable Wi-Fi hotspots at hundreds of venues across Java and Bali over the next year.

2. YouTube Go: YouTube’s new mobile app YouTube Go is coming to Indonesia soon. It will help Indonesian YouTube fans save and watch videos smoothly in poor connectivity. It’ll also give them transparency and control over how much data they consume on videos by letting them preview videos first and choose the video’s file size before saving it offline to watch later.

Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia

Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia

3. Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia: Starting today, you can chat with and get answers from the Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia in the Allo messaging app. The Google Assistant is Google’s smart virtual assistant, powered by machine learning, that lets you have a conversation with Google to get things done. Allo is available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

4. Shortcuts in Search: We’ll soon be adding tappable shortcuts to the Google Search mobile app to help Indonesians more easily explore popular topics like food and drinks, movie showtimes and directions home.  

5. Health Answers: Indonesia is one of the first countries where we’ll launch locally-tailored  answers to questions about health on Google Search later this year. We’re partnering with Mitra Keluarga hospitals to detail common symptoms and treatments for Indonesia’s  700 most prevalent health conditions––all in Bahasa.

Waze licence plate

Waze has a new routing feature to make it easy to follow the odd-even policy

6. Waze updates: Waze is introducing a new routing feature based on the last number of  license plates that will help Jakarta drivers easily follow the regulations of the odd-even policy that reduces traffic congestion. Waze also will add hands-free Bahasa voice commands and Bahasa navigation with street names, as well as Indonesian voices suite so Indonesians can record their own voice on Waze, and use it as their navigation voice on the road.

Digital training and empowerment programs

7. 25,000 developers trained: We’ve now trained 25,000 app developers through online courses and Indonesia Android Kejar workshops in six cities—putting us on track to train 100,000 Android developers by 2020. We’ve also trained more than one hundred faculty at 80 universities, who plan to implement the Android Developer Fundamentals course over the next year, reaching as many as 10,000 students.

8. Primer: We’re working with entrepreneurs in a few ways. We’re launching Primer, a free app to help any Indonesian entrepreneur start, build and grow their business. 24 lessons are available now in Bahasa Indonesia on topics like how to create a business and sell products or services online, as well as the power of digital marketing. More lessons will be added over time and the app can be used offline.

9. Gapura Digital: Google’s program for bringing more small businesses online, Gapura Digital, has already seen more than 4,500 people sign up for classes in the first three months in seven cities.

10. Womenwill: Google’s program for empowering women entrepreneurs, has brought together over 7,000 women across five cities—Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Semarang and Denpasar and will go to Makassar soon. 

11. grant to ICT Watch:, our philanthropic arm, is supporting Smart Schools Online, an initiative run by ICT Watch to train 35,000 students, teachers and parents on digital literacy and online safety. ICT Watch is a non-profit organization promoting human rights and freedom of expression through the Internet. They will work together with nonprofit partners ECPAT and Sejiwa Foundation to execute this project.