Welcome to issue #204 August 24th, 2020

Although last week of Cloud OnAir was about databases, we have many interesting non-databases related news too :)

This week is about Application Modernization. 



Cloud Bigtable Cloud Spanner Official Blog

The world’s unpredictable, your databases shouldn’t add to it - Check out what’s new in databases and data management at Google Cloud, including news on Spanner local emulator and Bigtable managed backups.

Official Blog

Bringing databases to the center of a modern business - Database migration is at the heart of a modern business transformation strategy. See how a phased approach can bring the cloud to your database infrastructure.

Compute Engine Official Blog Windows

Get more from every core: Announcing CPU overcommit for Compute Engine - CPU overcommit allows you to overprovision your CPU by 2X on Compute Engine sole-tenant nodes.

Google Kubernetes Engine Networking Official Blog

New GKE Dataplane V2 increases security and visibility for containers - GKE’s new dataplane uses the eBPF-based Cilium project to better integrate Kubernetes and the Linux kernel.

Compute Engine Official Blog

Simplifying global game launches with Google Cloud Game Servers, now GA - Game Servers is now generally available for production workloads. Get a deep dive into what it is and how it can help support your games.

Data Analytics Official Blog

Synthetic data generation with Dataflow data generator flex template - Dataflow Flex template Streaming Data Generator lets businesses generate synthetic data at a high QPS.

Anthos GPU Official Blog

Deploy GPU workloads across all your clouds with Anthos and NVIDIA - You can now burst workloads running on NVIDIA GPUs from on-prem to the cloud using Anthos.

Firebase Official Blog

New for Firebase Hosting: request logging, Brotli compression, and internationalization - Several new features that make developing with Firebase Hosting even better.

Firebase Official Blog

New API for manually tracking screen views in Google Analytics - The latest Google Analytics for Firebase SDK release now makes it possible for you to log the screen_view event manually for both Android and iOS.

Google Maps Platform Official Blog

Supporting Kotlin Google Maps Platform Developers

Articles, Tutorials

Infrastructure, Networking, Security, Kubernetes

Official Blog VMware Engine

Google Cloud VMware Engine explained: Integrated networking and connectivity - Learn about the networking features in Google Cloud VMware Engine to let you easily and deploy workloads across on-prem and cloud environments.

Google Kubernetes Engine Official Blog

Looking ahead as GKE, the original managed Kubernetes, turns 5 - Happy birthday, GKE. As we look ahead, we wanted to share five ways we’re continuing our work to make GKE the best place to run Kubernetes.

Google Kubernetes Engine Istio Kubernetes Tutorial

Extending your Istio service mesh across GKE clusters and Compute Engine instances - This tutorial shows how to deploy a multi-tier microservices application that spans a Kubernetes cluster and a Compute Engine instance by using a single Istio service mesh over the entire application.

AWS Networking Tutorial

Setup Secure Cloud VPN between AWS and GCP Cloud - Step by step tutorial to setup VPN connection with 2 tunnels between GCP and AWS.

Cloud Identity Aware Proxy Identity platform Security

Zero Trust for Enterprise : Cooking up some access controls - Learn how you can apply Zero Trust methods of working to a cloud app with Identity-Aware Proxy and external identity providers.

IAM Security

The 2 limits of IAM service on Google Cloud - The security is paramount in cloud environments and IAM service helps. But there is some limits to know and to manage.

App Development, Serverless, Databases, DevOps

Official Blog Serverless Storage

13 sample architectures to kickstart your Google Cloud journey - The 13 most popular application architectures on Google Cloud, and how to get started.

Cloud SQL Security

How to contact Google SRE: Dropping a shell in cloud SQL - Story of finding vulnerability in Cloud SQL.

Cloud Spanner Official Blog

3 reasons to consider Cloud Spanner for your next project - Learn about the cloud database Spanner, which brings massive scale and strong consistency to your applications. Here’s why to consider all-purpose Spanner.

Cloud Spanner

Randomized Testing of Cloud Spanner - How randomized testing is used to keep high quality for Cloud Spanner.

BigQuery Cloud Functions Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Function Beyond the Limits - Uploading big files from Cloud Storage into BigQuery with Cloud Functions.

App Engine NodeJS

Deploying a React App to Google’s App Engine - How to deploy an example React app to App Engine in less than 5 minutes.

BigQuery Firebase

FireAudit: How it allowed us using Firebase in mission-critical software - FireAudit is a cloud solution adding some missing functionalities of the Firebase.

Cloud Run Docker Go Serverless

NoOps Go on Cloud Run - Using Google ko tool to deploy Go application to Cloud Run.

Cloud Run Go Knative

Cloud Run SDK as a Knative API client - This article explains how to use Cloud Run's client libraries in Go to make API calls to Knative clusters.

Big Data, Analytics, ML&AI

Cloud Dataflow Data Analytics Official Blog

Dataflow Under the Hood: the origin story - See how Dataflow, Google’s cloud batch and stream data processing tool, works to offer modern stream analytics with data freshness options.

BigQuery Data Studio

How to process and visualize financial data on Google Cloud with Big Query & Data Studio - A tutorial for GCP practitioners starting out with financial data.

BigQuery Machine Learning

How to do text similarity search and document clustering in BigQuery - Use Document embeddings in BigQuery for document similarity and clustering tasks.


Surrogate Keys in Google BigQuery - Different ways to create IDs in BigQuery.

AI Platform Notebooks Jupyter Notebook Machine Learning Python

Create a new AI Platform Notebooks using Python - New client library for Python to create new AI Platform Notebooks.


Official Blog SAP

How SAP customers can accelerate analytics in the cloud - Google Cloud’s data analytics and AI and machine learning solutions can help SAP customers store, analyze, and derive insights from all their data in the cloud.

Official Blog

The best of Google Cloud Next ‘20: OnAir: Data Management Week for technical practitioners - Check out database and data management sessions, demos, and live meetups for developers and technical practitioners at Next OnAir.

GCP Certification Machine Learning

My notes on Google Cloud Machine Learning Engineer exam - Topics to study for GCP Machine Learning certification.

GCP Certification

How I got my Google Cloud Professional Architect certificate. - Sharing the journey to get GCP Cloud Architect certificate.

Slides, Videos, Audio

Official Blog

9 data management sessions to check out at Next OnAir - Check out all the cloud database and data management sessions available on-demand to learn about Spanner, Bigtable, Cloud SQL, and more.

GCP Podcast - #232 Sanity.io with Simen Svale Skogsrud and Knut Melvær.

Kubernetes Podcast - #117 Communication and KubeCon, with Constance Caramanolis.


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