Google Cloud has announced that Anthos — the company’s software for deploying and managing workloads across multiple on-prem and cloud environments — now supports running workloads on rival cloud platform Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Microsoft Azure support still in preview for now.
Speaking to InfoWorld, Jennifer Lin, vice president of product management at Google Cloud, said the delay in Azure support was simply down to internal engineering resources and “market demand” making AWS a higher priority for customers than Microsoft’s cloud.
Google Cloud was planning on announcing the news during its big Cloud Next conference earlier this month, but pushed it back after the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Made generally available last year, Anthos promises customers a single platform from which to run container-based applications on-premises, in the Google Cloud, and crucially, in other major public clouds like Microsoft Azure and AWS, but it has been somewhat slow to bring support for those rival cloud options online.
The race to multicloud
Azure has long provided customers with the ability to extend their on-premises workloads into the cloud with its Azure Stack products, and AWS belatedly entered the hybrid market with AWS Outposts in 2019, but neither of these offer a single pane of glass across rival clouds.
Underpinned by Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), GKE on-prem, and the Anthos Config Management console, Google’s Anthos platform promises unified administration, policies, and security across hybrid Kubernetes deployments. A companion product, Migrate for Anthos, allows workloads to be converted into containers for Kubernetes directly from physical servers and virtual machines (VMs).
Declaring independence from vSphere
Google Cloud also announced that later this year it will allow users to run Anthos without the need for a third-party hypervisor, further simplifying the delivery of hybrid cloud functionality.
Anthos has long run in tandem with the VMware vSphere hypervisor, which comes at an additional cost to customers as well as an additional operational consideration for the application team.
The vendor is also working to simplify its Migrate for Anthos service, which promises to ease migration of workloads to Anthos without rewriting or replatforming them manually.
Migrate for Anthos was launched off the back of the 2018 acquisition of Velostrata, an Israeli company specializing in cloud migration by cleverly decoupling storage and compute, allowing companies to leave storage on-premises and run a virtual machine in the cloud.
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