Google today announced a major update to its Anthos multicloud platform that allows you to build, deploy and manage containerized applications anywhere, including on Amazon’s AWS and (in preview) on Microsoft Azure.
Version 1.7 includes new features such as improved metrics and logging for Anthos on AWS, a new Connect Gateway to interact with any cluster directly from Google Cloud, and an overview of Google’s Managed Control Plane for Anthos Service Mesh . Other new features include support for Windows containers for environments that use VMware’s vSphere platform and new tools for developers to make it easier to deploy their applications to any Anthos cluster.
Today’s update comes almost exactly two years after Google CEO Sundar Pichai initially announced Anthos at his Cloud Next event in 2019 (before that, Google called this project the “platform for Google Cloud services ”, launched three years ago). Hybrid and multicloud, it’s fair to say, play a key role in Google Cloud’s roadmap – and perhaps more for Google than any of its competitors. Recently, Google brought in industry veteran Jeff Reed to become the vice president of product management in charge of Anthos.
Reed told me that he thinks there are currently many factors that put Anthos in a good position. “The wind is at our back. We bet on Kubernetes, we bet on containers – those were good decisions, ”he said. Increasingly, customers are also expanding their use of Kubernetes and need to find the best way to scale their clusters and deploy them in different environments – and to do that, they need a consistent platform in those environments. . He also noted that when it comes to attracting new Anthos customers, it is really these factors that determine whether a business will look into Anthos or not.
He acknowledged that there are other players in this market, but he maintains that Google Cloud’s view on this point is also very different. “I think we’re pretty unique in that we came from the cloud, cloud native is our primary approach, ”he said. “Much of what we’re talking about [Anthos] 1.7 explains how we harness the power of the cloud and use what we call a “cloud anchor” to make your life easier. We’re more like a cloud provider there, but as we take care of it on-premises, we see some of these other people. Those other people being OpenShift from IBM / Red Hat and Tanzu from VMware, for example.
The addition of support for Windows containers in vSphere environments also underscores the fact that many Anthos customers are mainstream businesses trying to modernize their infrastructure, while also relying on many legacy applications they are now trying to bring to the cloud.
Going forward, we’ll likely see more integrations with a wider range of Google Cloud products in Anthos. And indeed, as Reed noted, inside Google Cloud, more and more teams are now building their products on Anthos themselves. In turn, this makes it easier to make these services available in an environment managed by Anthos, wherever you are. One of the first of these internal services running on top of Anthos is Apigee. “Your Apigee deployment basically has Anthos under the covers. So Apigee gets all the benefits of a container environment, scalability and all of those things – and we’ve made it easy to get this whole environment to function like a stack, ”he said. declared.
I guess we can expect to find out more about this in the near future – or at Google Cloud Next 2021.