Using Google BigQuery for Your Machine Learning Efforts

Google BigQuery is a serverless, highly scalable and cost-effective cloud data warehouse designed for business agility. Handling both real-time and batched data, many companies are using BigQuery for their machine learning efforts.Read More

Elastifile: Taming Cloud FOMO and Paving the Way to True Hybrid IT

Don’t have a clear cloud strategy, but recognize that you need one?  Do you have the fear of missing out and being left behind? If yes, you’re going to want to watch the recap of our latest webinar.

If you’re anything like most modern IT departments, the value of public cloud integration is no longer up for debate. It’s not a matter of “if”, but “when”.

Unfortunately, the “when” is often gated by logistical realities and not necessarily aligned with business need.  In particular, when trying to “lift and shift” their existing applications to cloud, enterprises typically face 3 major challenges:

  • Large data sets require POSIX-compliant file systems
  • Hybrid workflows need data mobility between on-premises environments and cloud
  • Traditionally, running file systems in the cloud has been expensive

Elastifile, in partnership with Agosto, is eliminating these roadblocks to true hybrid IT by helping enterprises seamlessly shift and burst existing enterprise applications to Google Cloud Platform…plus it’s cost-effective, delivers the performance and scalability that enterprise workloads require, and eliminates the need for application refactoring.

Getting to the cloud has never been this easy.  Check out the replay of our recent webinar featuring how Agosto and Elastifile work together below to learn more!


When We Met With Sundar Pichai

It was May, 2015 at Google I/O in San Fransisco.

We flew in from Minneapolis to see the live keynote from Sundar Pichai, who was then the Chief Product Officer (However, Larry Page appointed Pichai as CEO in October of 2015 when Alphabet was officially implemented as the parent company of the Google family).

At the time, Pichai talked a lot about introducing Machine Learning (ML) into Google’s product set. No one knew exactly what that could look like or how it would evolve.

With the recent Google for Work rebrand into Google Cloud, and the heavy focus on ML and Google Cloud Platform across the board, we’re now seeing what Pichai envisioned last year during I/O. One of the larger releases is Quick Access, which shaves 50 percent off the average time it takes to get to the right file by eliminating the need to search for it. It uses machine learning to intelligently predict the files you need before you’ve even typed anything.

From left to right: Paul Lundberg (Agosto CTO), Aric Bandy (Agosto President), Sundar Pichai (now Google CEO), Irfan Khan (Agosto CEO).

We had the privilege of briefly meeting with Pichai during I/O and discussing the product roadmap with him and his vision for ML. With their recent enterprise rebrand, it got us thinking about that conversation with him last year.

Excited to see what’s to come.

Google Wins Lifehacker Award for Best Cloud Platform

2014 Lifehacker awards named Google Cloud Platform the readers’ choice award for best cloud computing provider. Leading by “quite a comfortable majority of votes,” Google now has the best Cloud Platform because it has built an infrastructure with efficiency and scale that’s hard to beat.

Lifehacker surmised that Google won by such a margin due to their popular productivity suite coupled with the platform. Since so many people already use and trust their business tools, it’s not much of a transition to a cloud platform.

Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Google Cloud Platform. With over a decade of experience in helping clients solve complex business problems, Agosto helps clients leverage the virtually infinite scale of Google’s platform. We create custom applications for machine to machine (M2M) communications and develop cloud products across the Internet of Things (IoT). We’d love a chance to discuss your future projects, so contact us if you have a big project. 

Google’s infrastructure is highly reliable and secure; it’s the same one that powers Google’s own applications.

You can read the Lifehacker announcement here.

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