Google has announced a cloud platform service known as Anthos, which lets Google's open source cloud tools to work with rival companies such as Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure.
Google rolled out Anthos at its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco and it is set to heat up the already competitive cloud computing market.
Anthos is based on Google's Kubernetes, an open-source container management system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. Anthos will enable enterprises to create applications and run them seamlessly from anywhere, whether their own datacenters or third party public cloud platforms including Google Cloud, AWS and Azure.
Today at #GoogleNext19, we unveiled our vision for a more helpful Cloud. Anthos brings together the simplicity of open-source platforms, Google’s deep technical and security expertise, and the freedom to choose the right cloud partner for the job https://t.co/IHOYuoEcBO
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 9, 2019
Google has also announced integrations with up to 30 hardware, software and system integration partners - including Cisco, VMware, Dell EMC, HPE, Intel, Lenovo and others. At the moment, Anthos only supports AWS and Azure cloud platforms and does not support integration with IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and Alibaba.
Anthos Migrate- a unique VM migration technology
One feature of Anthos, known as Anthos Migrate automatically migrates virtual machines (VMs) from the cloud, whether private or public, to containers in Google Kubernetes, without any VM modifications.
Anthos Migrate, which is a beta service, is expected to make cloud migration much simpler for organizations that have a big VM presence for their legacy applications.
“This unique migration technology lets you migrate and modernize your infrastructure in one streamlined motion, without upfront modifications to the original VMs or applications,” stated Google.
Cisco will integrate its technologies with Anthos
One of Google's important partners for Anthos - Cisco has announced that it will soon integrate its broad set of technologies with it including Cisco HyperFlex and HyperFlex Edge; Cisco ACI, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, Cisco SD-WAN, and Cisco Intersight.
According to Cisco, its integration with Anthos will help customers build and manage multi-cloud and hybrid applications across their on-premises data centers and public clouds. "What customers need is a seamless environment across on-premises and public clouds so they can deliver business results despite the complexity. That’s why our partnership with Google Cloud makes so much sense – Cisco’s networking, security, and data center portfolio, combined with Google’s platform, as well as the latest and greatest from the open source community, make a powerful set of capabilities available to our customers, said Kip Compton, SVP of Cisco's Cloud Platform in Cisco's official blog post.