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Google Debuts App Performance Optimization for MicroservicesGoogle Debuts App Performance Optimization for Microservices

Google debuts Stackdriver tools for application performance optimization, while reminding everyone that it pioneered hypercloud and microservices and invented Kubernetes, like Google was ever going to let us forget that.

Mitch Wagner

March 28, 2018

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Google Debuts App Performance Optimization for Microservices

Like a Harvard grad who never misses an opportunity to remind you they went to Harvard, Google doesn't like to let people forget it pioneered hypercloud and microservices, and invented Kubernetes.

And Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) wants to be sure you keep its cloud history in mind when it talks about Stackdriver APM and Stackdriver Profiler, which are application performance optimization tools released on Wednesday. The tools are based on Google's long history of operating in the cloud.

"A lot of the pain that other companies are going through is things that we've been through," Google Product Manager Morgan McLean said in an interview, during which he happened to mention that Google pioneered hypercloud and microservices, and invented Kubernetes.

As part of the Stackdriver suite, Trace and Debugger give developers the ability to analyze and debug applications while running in production, without affecting user experience, McLean says in a blog post scheduled to go live Wednesday. And Stackdriver Profiler lets users run profiles to explore how code executes in production, to optimize performance and reduce the cost of computation.

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Stackdriver Trace lets developers trace requests as they come in to edge services and are passed through APIs to other services on the infrastructure. It means developers can track requests through each step of the application, and find the causes of slowdowns and bottlenecks.

Stackdriver Debugger lets developers add break points to applications, and log statements, to help figure out where an application is going wrong, McLean says.

And the newest product, Stackdriver Profiler, monitors how code executes in production and provides insights on CPU, memory and other resources used by every function in an application.

"We're empowering developers, for Google Cloud Platform or anywhere, to gain more insight into their applications and understand how they work and speed up the overall developer lifecycle," McLean says. "We're developer focused, and we're helping with the lessons we've learned over the last ten to 12 years to manage services at scale. We're giving developers the same tools we use every day to make services faster and more reliable and speed up development."

And hey, did you know Google pioneered hypercloud and microservices, and invented Kubernetes?

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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