Google launches new Anthos cloud platform
Friday, April 12, 2019
Anthos hybrid functionality will, generally, be available on both the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and in data centres with GKE On-Prem. Anthos will also let users manage workloads running on third-party clouds like AWS and Azure, giving users the freedom to deploy, run and manage…
Google has launched Anthos, Google Cloud’s new open platform that lets you run an applications, unmodified, on existing on-prem hardware investments or in the public cloud, and is based on the Cloud Services Platform announced last year.
Anthos hybrid functionality will, generally, be available on both the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and in data centres with GKE On-Prem. Anthos will also let users manage workloads running on third-party clouds like AWS and Azure, giving users the freedom to deploy, run and manage your applications on the cloud of your choice, without requiring administrators and developers to learn different environments and APIs.
A feature of the new platform is Anthos Migrate, in beta, which auto-migrates VMs from on-premises, or other clouds, directly into containers in GKE with minimal effort. This allows users to migrate and modernise infrastructure in one streamlined motion, without upfront modifications to the original VMs or applications. Through this transformation, IT teams no longer need to managing infrastructure tasks like VM maintenance and OS patching, so it can focus on managing and developing applications. Migrating also lets you take advantage of other integrations within Anthos.
Anthos also includes capabilities to help you automate policy and security at scale across your deployments: Anthos Config Management allows users to create multi-cluster policies out of the box that set and enforce role-based access controls, resource quotas, and create namespaces, all from a single source of truth. It platform also works great with the open-source Istio service mesh, giving businesses a scalable foundation for policy enforcement, letting services establish trust, and encrypting traffic without code changes.
The new platform is a 100% software-based solution and Google claims that no additional hardware is needed to start using it and no forced stack refresh. Anthos uses open APIs, giving you the freedom to modernize any place, any time and at your own pace. Because Anthos is based on GKE, our managed Kubernetes service, you automatically get the latest feature updates and security patches.
In a press conference Google senior VP for its technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle said: “We will support Anthos and AWS and Azure as well, so people get one way to manage their application and that one way works across their on-premise environments and all other clouds,” ahead of today’s announcement.
“You can use one consistent approach — one open-source based approach — across all environments,”
“I can’t really stress how big a change that is in the industry, because this is really the stack for the next 20 years, meaning that it’s not really about the three different clouds that are all randomly different in small ways. This is the way that makes these three cloud — and actually on-premise environments, too — look the same.”