With the hiring of Tom Kurian, Google Cloud Platform gains an executive highly experienced with running an enterprise computing business. Among his earliest priorities for GCP are hiring the right people – and lots of them. They will be needed in more places than you think.
Building the ecosystem was also very much the driver for GCP’s open source hub strategy announced last week. The initiative is all about GCP partnering – and sharing revenue – with popular open source platforms. The ones included in this tranche are Confluent, DataStax, Elastic, InfluxData, MongoDB, Neo4j, Redis Labs. It’s hardly coincidence that these are the very companies that also devised their own iconoclastic open source licenses over the past year, which we commented on a few weeks back.