Google parent company Alphabet reported another great quarter of financial results yesterday. And Alphabet’s CEO highlighted the company’s work in cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).
For the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2017, Alphabet revenues were $27.8 billion, up 24 percent year-on-year. And the company reported a net income of $6.7 billion, up from $5.1 billion in the same quarter of 2016.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off his prepared remarks on yesterday’s investor call talking about the company’s work in AI. He said, “It’s been particularly exciting to see our early bet on artificial intelligence pay off and go from a research project to something that can solve new problems.”
Pichai cited the company’s open-source machine-leaning software, TensorFlow. Google Cloud Machine Learning is based on the TensorFlow open source library.
“Researchers recently used TensorFlow to make smartphones able to identify disease in cassava plants, a major food source in the developing world,” said Pichai. “We made TensorFlow open source and free because we fundamentally believe in creating computing platforms that developers can customize and build on.”
Pichai connected the company’s strength in machine learnings to its continued success in cloud. “Customers tell us they are switching to Google Cloud Platform because of our prowess in data analytics and machine learning, our commitment to being an open platform with tools like Kubernetes, which runs in both cloud and hybrid environments, and our leadership in security.”
Google invented the Kubernetes cloud management tool, which is becoming the defacto cloud management technology. Even Docker Inc. recently said it’s adding native Kubernetes support within its Docker Enterprise Edition framework. The Docker integration follows on the heels of Mesosphere adding Kubernetes support alongside its own Mesos container orchestrator.
Finally, Pichai mentioned this week’s announcement that Cisco and Google joined forces on a hybrid cloud offering that allows enterprises to deploy Kubernetes-based containers on premises and in the Google Cloud Platform.
Also during the third quarter, Google teamed with VMware and Pivotal to create Pivotal Container Service (PKS), the commercial version of open source Project Kubo that will allow customers to deploy and manage Kubernetes on-premises.
“All of this helps customers more easily run their apps, both on prem and in the cloud,” Pichai said. “And we are doing this all in an open way with Kubernetes. So that’s the overall strategy, and I think that’s really beginning to pay off. And you will see us scale across all these dimensions for cloud in the year ahead. The main area where we need to get better is to scale our go-to-market and be in more places to effectively get more customers.”
To do that, he said the Google Cloud team is focusing on training its global sales force. And it’s also reaching more customers with the above-mentioned technology vendor partnerships.