Google Cloud Next ’19 was the flagship Google Cloud Platform developers conference, held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. I was lucky enough to attend it with Cloud Academy, and got the chance to check out tons of breakout sessions and get great insight firsthand.  
Next ’19 was my first in-person global conference. Over the past few years I’ve followed live streams and read all I could about Next. The big difference I noticed this year — starting from the first keynote — was a tangible shift from primarily a marketing event to much more of a developer-oriented experience. With more than 500 breakout sessions available, I was able to easily build an agenda full of technical and relevant sessions.
Several case studies were presented during the keynotes and sessions from a wide range of industries that are moving their workloads into the cloud. As you may know, Google Cloud’s popularity is growing and its strategy is to gain more customers by delivering products that can be easily integrated with other cloud providers, starting with AWS and Azure. GCP’s rivals in the cloud space have had a huge head start and are well established, and GCP knows it can’t win with another proprietary solution alone. But with their interesting multi-cloud approach, they have a chance to acquire market share and become the go-to vendor for this new paradigm.
Thomas Kurian, the new Google Cloud CEO,  confirmed their direction during the day 1 keynote by emphasizing that GCP is the easiest cloud provider for enterprise customers thanks to powerful open source products following a multi-cloud and hybrid approach. The overall slant of the keynote was one of excitement and thoughtful technical change, and this resonated throughout the conference. Here are the four most important takeaways:

1. A True Hybrid Cloud Platform
Anthos was the most exciting

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