Google Unveils Anthos, Hybrid Cloud Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Google Cloud Services has unveiled a platform for managing hybrid clouds spanning on-premise data centers. However, Anthos will surprisingly run on third-party clouds, as well, including AWS and Azure. Anthos will enable users to manage and deploy workloads across different clouds, without having to worry about compatibility between different environments and APIs. The following excerpt is from the Google blog post by Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice-President for Technical Infrastructure at Google.

Let’s face it, even in the best of cases, enterprise IT can be rigid, complex and expensive. When we talk to customers with extensive on-prem investments, they tell us they want to take advantage of the cloud’s scalability, innovative services and geographic scope, but they’re worried about getting locked into the wrong provider. Why is it, they ask, that they still can’t write once, run anywhere?

Today, we’re excited to introduce Anthos, Google Cloud’s new open platform that lets you run an app anywhere—simply, flexibly and securely. Embracing open standards, Anthos lets you run your applications, unmodified, on existing on-prem hardware investments or in the public cloud, and is based on the Cloud Services Platform that we announced last year.

Now, we’re making Anthos’ hybrid functionality generally available both on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and in your data center with GKE On-Prem. Anthos will also let you manage workloads running on third-party clouds like AWS and Azure, giving you 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.

“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,” Hölzle explained in a press conference. “You can use one consistent approach — one open-source based approach — across all environments,” Hölzle said. “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.”