Google's Cloud Services Platform for managing hybrid clouds that include local data centers and the Google cloud is coming out of beta today. The company also changes the name of the product in Anthos. This name refers to either a lost Greek tragedy, the name of an obscure god in the Marvel Universe, or rosemary. That would be interesting in itself, but only a little news. The interesting thing is that Google also announced today that Anthos will also be running on third-party clouds, including AWS and Azure.
"We will also support Anthos and AWS and Azure To manage their application, this method works in all local environments and in all other clouds," said Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure at a press conference. today's announcement.
So, with Anthos, Google offers a single managed service that lets you manage and deploy workloads in different clouds without having to worry about the different environments and APIs which clearly separates Google's approach from its competitors, which is Google, which manages your applications for you on AWS and Azure.
"You can use a consistent approach – one based on open source Approach – in all environments, "said Hölzle," I can not really say how big the change in the industry is, because the It's really the stack for the next 20 years. That is, it's not really about the three different clouds that all happen to be different in a small way. That's how these three clouds and the local environments look the same.
The Anthos / Google Cloud Services platform is based on the Google Kubernetes engine as well as on other open source systems projects such as the Istio Service Mesh. It is also hardware-independent, meaning that users can use their current hardware and run the service in addition, without having to invest in new servers immediately.
Why does Google do this? "We hear from our customers that Multi Cloud and Hybrid is really an acute pain point," said Hölzle. He noted that containers are the key technology for this, but few companies have developed a unified strategy for managing these deployments, and you need to leverage the expertise in all the big clouds to get the most out of them.
Companies are already investing heavily It's no surprise that Google is launching Anthos with more than 30 major hardware and software partners, ranging from Cisco to Dell EMC, HPE and VMWare, to application providers such as Confluent, Datastax and Elastic, Portworx , Tigera, Splunk, GitLab, MongoDB and others.
Robin.io, a data management service offering a hyperconvergent storage platform based on Kubernetes, informs me that it has worked closely with Google to develop the Anthos Storage API. "Robin Storage delivers bare metal performance, powerful data management capabilities, and Kubernetes native management to support enterprise application execution on Anthos from Google Cloud in both local datacenters and the cloud," said Premal Buch, CEO of Robin.io.
Anthos is a subscription-based service with list prices starting at $ 10,000 / month per 100 vCPU blocks. However, company prices are then negotiated, with many customers likely to pay less.
It's one thing to use such a service for new applications, but many companies already have numerous business branch tools that they want to bring to the cloud. Google launches the first beta of Anthos Migrate for them today. This service automatically migrates VMs from local or other clouds to containers in the Google Kubernetes Engine. The promise here is that this is essentially an automatic process, and once the container is on Google's platform, you can use all the other features that come with the Anthos platform.
Google's Hölzle emphasized that this is particularly important Here, it was about making this migration as easy as possible. "There is no manual effort there," he said.