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The Brains Behind Google’s Cloud-Computing Prowess

Google was born in the cloud. But surely, it took more than Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s brains combined to continuously put the search engine king at the vanguard of cloud computing. This second roundup blog post about the brains behind cloud-computing is a tribute to the brilliant minds that put Google on the pedestal. Here’s Google’s Who’s Who in cloud-computing according to Business Insider.


Google was born in the cloud. But surely, it took more than Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s brains combined to continuously put the search engine king at the vanguard of cloud computing. This second roundup blog post about the brains behind cloud-computing is a tribute to the brilliant minds that put Google on the pedestal. Here’s Google’s Who’s Who in cloud-computing according to Business Insider.

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Google

“Hölzle is responsible for all the technology that runs Google and for building all of Google’s data centers. His team includes thousands of engineers. Like Amazon’s Web Services, Google’s cloud is based on the actual tech Google uses to run its own mind-boggling huge cloud, which means that Hölzle is also the person in charge of Google’s cloud, called Google Cloud Platform. Over the past two years, Google has become a major competitor to Amazon’s Web Services and is used by popular apps like Snapchat.”

Jeff Dean, Senior Research Fellow, Google

“Jeff Dean joined Google in 1999, one year after it was founded. As such, he’s had his hands in just about every major technology that Google invented the Internet. This includes early versions of Google’s famous Web crawler (the app that scans the Internet and adds Web pages to Google’s search engine). It also includes a bunch of techs that underpins Google’s cloud (projects known in the geek world as Spanner, BigTable, and MapReduce). Lately, he’s been working on “machine learning,” teaching large numbers of computers to learn and think for themselves. That’s the next big thing coming after cloud computing.”

Mike Dahlin, Principal Engineer, Google

“Google Cloud Platform is built using the same tech that runs Google, so “being an engineer on this project is a really fun job,” Mike Dahlin told the audience at Google’s cloud conference in March. Thanks to Dahlin’s team, Google has a world-class network for its cloud that rivals anything any telecommunications company has built (complete with undersea cables). In addition to working for Google, he’s also a professor at the University of Texas. His research specialty is the new technology for global networks.”

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