Google Cloud has acquired Cornerstone Technology, a firm that helps companies migrate from mainframes to the cloud.
The move comes as Google Cloud is working to move up from the number three cloud provider in the U.S. CEO Thomas Kurian has made it a goal to move into at least the number two spot within five years. Just days ago, news broke that Google Cloud was reorganizing and eliminating a number of roles in an effort to better streamline operations.
Purchasing Cornerstone Technology makes sense for the company, as Cornerstone specializes in helping companies modernize their infrastructure and applications, moving from legacy hardware to cloud services.
“Their capabilities will form the ‘cornerstone’ of our mainframe-to-GCP solutions, and customers are able to take advantage of these new capabilities now through our Professional Services Organization and our partner network,” writes Howard Weale Director, Transformation Practice.
News of the purchase was welcomed by both customers and analysts alike.
“Easy mainframe migration will go a long way as Google attracts large enterprises to its cloud,” said Matt Eastwood, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, Cloud, Developers and Alliances, IDC. “Google Cloud is listening to its customers and meeting them where they are, steadily improving its services and attracting businesses across industries.”
Cornerstone should help Google make significant strides toward its cloud goals.