Last month today: GCP in January

We kicked off the new year on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) blog with lots to say about various services across cloud, including developing applications to run on cloud, planning and executing a cloud migration, and what to know about modern cloud security. Here are the most-read posts from January.  

Prepare your infrastructure: Security trends and tips for 2019

  • Along with the New Year’s resolutions and planning that January brings, there’s a good reminder here that the work of securing your user data and applications never ends. Google security experts have strong views about the security trends you need to know about in 2019, from the continued importance of two-factor authentication to concepts such as zero-trust. Take a look at all the security trends here.
  • The topic of identity and access management in the cloud covers quite a lot of ground. But from a practical perspective, there are some typical use cases for authentication and identity management that you can use to decide which methods and Google Cloud products will meet your particular needs, whether it’s external users, API calls and more. See details and charts on using different authentication methods.

Testing, planning and other cloud prep

  • Migrating your workloads and data into the cloud is a great first step to taking advantage of all of cloud’s benefits. To help get you there, we published a cloud migration checklist from Velostrata that covers the considerations you should take into account when you’re deciding which VMs to move to cloud and when. These considerations might include the production or criticality level of the application, its compliance and regulatory status, and app integrations and dependencies. Check the post out for guidance and tips on migrating to cloud.
  • Traffic navigation app Waze uses the Kayenta feature of the open-source Spinnaker deployment tool to do automated canary analysis, giving them advanced insight into how new app versions might perform in production. But why build your own canary deployment system when you can develop a pipeline that works for you with Spinnaker? Learn more about developing canary configurations, reports and metrics.

Creating and honing the building blocks of cloud

  • Enterprise software development becomes more difficult and expensive if businesses continually customize it to meet every user’s needs. That drives up costs. But the enterprise software delivery model could change quickly as concepts like serverless and tools like GCP’s Cloud Spanner database open the door to building “autonomous apps” that comprise multiple microservices. Get the whole story on the future of developing and delivering software.
  • Developers want to write code in the language that is most familiar to them and their company, and for a lot of them, that means Go. As of January, Go 1.11 is a supported language on Cloud Functions, our serverless event-based compute platform. You can read about the key language features that are available in this version. Read the details of Go 1.11 on Cloud Functions.

That’s a wrap for January. Stay tuned to the GCP blog for the latest cloud news and tips.