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Google Extends Support to AWS & Azure – Wait, What?Google Extends Support to AWS & Azure – Wait, What?

Like the saying goes: 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.'

Mitch Wagner

April 9, 2019

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Google Extends Support to AWS & Azure – Wait, What?

Google is stepping up its multi-cloud game, launching Anthos, an open platform to run apps anywhere, on-premises or in public clouds. Anthos supports Google's own public cloud of course, as well as well as competitors Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure.

Anthos, announced Tuesday, lets enterprises run apps anywhere, on existing-on premises hardware or in the public cloud. It's designed to move existing applications to the cloud, without modifying code. Anthos is based on the Cloud Services Platform Google launched last year.

Anthos, which is a software solution, works on Google Cloud Platform with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), as well as managing workloads running on third-party clouds including AWS and Azure, Google said in a blog post Tuesday. Apps can be managed across clouds using common environment and APIs.

Additionally, Google launched Anthos Migrate beta, which automatically migrates virtual machines from on-premises, or other clouds, "directly into containers in GKE with minimal effort," Google says.

Google is partnering with Cisco -- given prominent placement, demonstrating the close relationship the two companies -- as well as VMware, Dell EMC, HPE, Intel and Lenovo on delivering Anthos on their own hyperconverged infrastructures. Google has also lined up systems integrator partners, including NTT Communications, as well as Accenture, Cognizant, Deloitte, Wipro and others.

Surprise? Not really
Support for competitors AWS and Microsoft will be surprising to casual observers, but not to anybody who's been paying attention to the cloud market. Google has been espousing a multi-cloud strategy for some time, and true multi-cloud support requires support for AWS and Azure.

Moreover, Google is in third place in the public cloud market, behind second-place Microsoft and AWS, which has as much market share as its next four competitors combined, according to a February statement by Synergy Research. So support for AWS and Azure gives Google a foot in the door with cloud operators embracing a multi-cloud strategy.

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Like the old saying goes: "if you can't beat them, join them."

Like Google, IBM is taking a multi-cloud approach; that strategy is a factor behind IBM's $34 billion Red Hat acquisition., with plans to run Red Hat as an independent business post-closing.

But wait there's more
Google launched Anthos at its Google Cloud Next customer and partner conference in San Francisco.

Also at Cloud Next, Google Launched Cloud Run, a so-called "serverless" execution environment. "Serverless," pioneered by AWS Lambda, isn't really serverless, but it does abstract away and automate server management, leaving developers free to focus on writing functional code. Cloud Run brings containerized applications to serverless. It runs applications on GKE, as well as Knative, an open API and runtime environment bringing serverless and workload portability to Kubernetes clusters anywhere.

Google is also updating its Cloud Functions event-driven serverless platform, including support for additional runtimes, networking and scaling controls.

Additionally, Google announced new Cloud regions in Seoul and Salt Lake City, bringing the total global regions to 23.

And it debuted partnerships with seven open source companies specializing in data management and analytics.

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Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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