GCP This Month

GCP This Month: New Cloud Storage features, added Cloud Functions support & new Toronto region

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Mattias Andersson is back with biggest GCP news. This month, more Google Cloud in Canada with Toronto becoming the newest addition to GCP Regions. New Cloud Storage features include dual-region bucket enhancements and first-class trigger for Eventarc Firestore, Google Cloud Functions gets support for minimum instances and native Secret Manager integration, a new GKE backup feature to protect your GKE workloads, and the full Google Cloud Next catalog is now available!

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Quick jump to the Google Cloud Platform news:Introduction (0:00)
New Google Cloud Regions in Toronto (0:34)
Dual-region Cloud Storage bucket enhancements (1:52)
GCP Filestore Enterprise offers snapshots and 99.99% availability SLA (2:25)
New Backup for GKE protects stateful GKE workloads (2:45)
Eventarc Firestore gets first-class Cloud Storage trigger (3:02)
Google Pub Sub Topic Retention simplifies and reduces cost (3:17)
Cloud Functions support for minimum instances (3:35)
Cloud Functions gets native Secret Manager integration (3:59)
Cloud Build integrated into Git Deploy (4:05)
Google Cloud Next is coming (4:26)

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Welcome to GCP This Month! We've created this new show to let you all know about the awesome news, happenings, events and analysis on what Google is doing in the cloud space.In each episode, join our hosts Mattias Andersson and Tim Berry as they go through GCP quick bites to give you rapid-fire updates on various releases. We'll then move into the GCP Gems segment, and mention ACG's hand-picked releases from GCP, which are the releases we've found to be most interesting. We'll then finish up with any other notable news from Google or GCP. Finally, we'll end off with our GCP edition of Guru of the Month!

Well, take off your Touk and put down your poutine because there's no doubt about it, but we've got a new region live in Toronto, Canada. We'll also look at news about storage, backup, eventarc, pubsub, cloud functions and more I'm Mattias Andersson. And you're watching GCP this month for September, 2021. So grab yourself a double double, and a box of Timbits. Then kick back on your Chesterfield. As we cover this month from a to Zed.

[Inaudible]. Of course we have to start this month with the gem. Google has added another new region, eh, and this 28th one lands in Toronto, Canada from the get-go. This region has three separate zones and it has support for compute engine, cloud run, GKE, cloud storage, big table, big query, spanner, data flow and More eh. Some governments and businesses have data residency requirements.

So when this new Toronto region is combined with Google's 15th cloud region in Montreal, Quebec, this enables organizations to not only store and process data in Canada, but also to have backups and disaster recovery in a different region, still within Canada. And together with launching this new region, Google has announced a preview of their assured workloads for Canada offering to ensure compliance. Of course, this new Toronto region can also help by reducing the latency to the millions of Canucks living in Canada's biggest city. Granted Montreal isn't that far away, a bit over 500 clicks, but it still makes a difference. Of course, all of us in Western Canada are hoping for a region in Vancouver. So Google,

if you're listening, don't be a Hoser and get on it. Give her eh okay. I'm really sorry for all the Canadian jokes. Okay, let's move on to this month's Quick bites. Google has just announced a couple of upcoming enhancements to dual region cloud storage buckets, which by the way, are still a GCP exclusive in how they are active, active, and not just replication. Anyway, you will soon be able to choose your own pair of regions to use, not just select from Google offered pairs. Additionally,

even though access via any region is already strongly consistent. What Google is calling their turbo replication option will guarantee that data is replicated across those regions Within a 15 minute RPO backed by an SLA. In the file storage space. Google is adding a new file store enterprise offering to their pre-existing filestore basic and file store high scale. All of these are NFS V3 solutions, but this new file store enterprise also supports snapshots and an extra nine of availability, 99.99% backed by an SLA. Now, if you happen to be using GKE and using it for stateful workloads, I mean, you'll be happy to hear about Google's new backup for GKE offering.

This lets you schedule periodic backups of both cluster, state and application data. And it supports restoring cross-region, If you want. In case you're using event arc to connect together services and manage events, you may now be happy to hear that cloud storage buckets are now a first class event trigger in event arc. Previously, you would have to capture such events through cloud audit logs, which added latency and complexity. This next bit of news might not seem like a big deal, but it is actually quite a good thing. You can now configure pub sub to retain messages at the topic level instead of having to do so for each individual subscription.

Not only does this make things easier, it can also significantly reduce costs for topics with more than one subscription. If you're having trouble with cold starts on cloud functions, you'll be interested to hear that you can now set a minimum number of instances that Google will provision for your function. Personally, I think this is most helpful as an optimization on staging and prod to improve your systems responsiveness. When you turn this on, you pay regular price for the memory used by your minimum instances, but quite a bit less than normal for the CPU time. Also cloud functions has just gotten a native integration with Google secret manager, no more custom code required. Okay,

here's another cool thing for developers. You can now run git deploy and have it look and feel like a local build. Even though you're actually getting to benefit from cloud build doing the heavy lifting. Once you've triggered it, Google's new local git extension will take care of pushing your code and then finding and streaming the build progress back down to your terminal or IDE. Slick. All right, now we have been mentioning this for a few months now,

but this is your very last warning from us because Google cloud next 21 is upon us. Google's premier annual conference happening October 12th to the 14th will be jam packed with news and insights about all aspects of GCP, including AI and ML, application development and modernization, data analytics and security. Of course we'll hear from a bunch of Google executives, but I'm particularly interested in the talks also by Sarah Robinson, Kelsey Hightower. And one of the people who literally invented the internet Vint Cerf, the full event catalog is now live and it is all absolutely free. So go sign up now. And speaking of free,

did you know that a cloud guru has a free account that you can sign up for to access a new set of free courses every month? And I don't just mean a free trial. I mean, a you don't even enter any payment information and still get to take full courses to learn the cloud kind of free account. So check that out too. You'll find the link to sign up for the free plan right next to the links for all the other things I've mentioned. Well, all right, stay safe, take care of those around you and keep being awesome cloud gurus. Oh, and since this is a Canadian episode, I think I have to do the whole thing again in French? Bonjoir le cloud gurus. Uh, yeah, let's not.

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