Google's Cloud Services Platform for Managing Hybrid Shackles, which spans data centers and Google Cloud, comes out of beta today. The company also changes the product's name to Anthos, a name that either refers to a lost Greek tragedy, the name of an unclear god in the Marvel universe or rosemary. It would in itself be interesting, but less news. What makes this interesting is that Google also announced today that Anthos will run on third-party slides, including AWS and Azure.
"We will also support Anthos and AWS and Azure so people get a way to manage their application and that one way works across their environments and all other clouds," said Google's senior VP for his technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, at a press conference before today's announcement.
So with Anthos, Google will offer a single managed service that lets you manage and distribute workloads across the clouds, all without worrying about the different environments and APIs "It's a big deal and one that clearly demarcates Google's approach from its competitors. This is Google, the management of your applications for you at AWS and Azure.
" You can use a consistent approach – one open source approach – in all environments, "Hölzle said." I can't really stress how big a change is in the industry because this really is the stack for the next 20 years, which means that It really isn't about the three different clouds that are all randomly different in small ways. This is the way that makes these three clouds – and indeed local environments – look the same. "
Anthos / Google Cloud Services Platform is based on Google Kubernetes Engine, as well as other open source projects such as the Istio service network. There is also hardware agnostic, which means users can take their current hardware and run the service on top of it without having to invest immediately in new servers.
Why does Google do this? "We hear from our customers that multi-cloud and hybrid are really an acute pain point," Hölzle said, noting that containers are the possible technology For this, however, few companies have developed a unifying strategy for dealing with these deployments, and that it requires expertise in all the major clouds to make the most of them.
Businesses already have large investments in their infrastructure and created relationships with their suppliers, but it's no surprise that Google launches Anthos with over 30 major hardware and software partners ranging from Cisco to Dell EMC, HPE and VMWare, as well as application providers like Confluent, Datastax, Elastic, Portworx, Tigera, Splunk, GitLab, MongoDB and others.
Robin.io, a data management service offering a hyperconverged storage platform based on Kubernetes, also tells me that it has worked closely with Google developer Anthos Storage API. "Robin Storage only offers metal performance, powerful data management capabilities and Kubernetes native management to support running corporate applications on Google Cloud Anthos across local data centers and cloud," said Premal Buch, Robin.io's CEO.
Anthos is a subscription-based service, with the list price starting at $ 10,000 / month per 100 vCPU block. Business prices will then be up for negotiation, but so many customers will probably pay less.
It is one thing to use a service like this for new applications, but many companies already have many business tools that they would like to bring to the cloud as well. For them, Google launches the first beta of Anthos Migrate today. This service will automatically migrate VMs from premises or other clouds to containers in the Google Kubernetes Engine. The promise here is that this is really an automatic process, and when the container is on the Google platform, you will be able to use all the other features that come with the Anthos platform.
Google's Hölzle noted that the emphasis here was on making this transfer as easy as possible. "There is no manual effort there," he said.