Google expands distributed cloud platform with on-premises Anthos

Google Cloud today announced that it is expanding its on-premises offering Google Distributed Cloudbringing Anthos on site into the fold.

Announced last year, Google Distributed Cloud is designed to bring additional workloads to Google Cloud. Customers can integrate Google Cloud’s software stack into their own data center servers. This way, they can run various on-premises applications with the same Google Cloud APIs, control planes, hardware, and tools that they use with their cloud-hosted applications.

Google Distributed Cloud is the company’s answer to Microsoft Corp’s Azure Stack. and Amazon Web Services Inc. Outposts, which are services that extend Azure and AWS into customer’s own data centers. The idea is popular because many companies have applications that they believe cannot be moved to the cloud due to compliance issues, data sovereignty, latency and other reasons. With Distributed Cloud, these on-premises applications can still take advantage of everything Google Cloud has to offer.

Google’s on-premises Anthos is an on-premises version of Google Cloud Anthos, a hybrid cloud application development platform that runs on Kubernetes container orchestration software. It is designed to build applications that can run unmodified on any cloud or data center server. So businesses can build apps once and run them wherever they want. On-premises Anthos is now included in the Google Distributed Cloud portfolio and is now known as Google Distributed Cloud Virtual, the company announced today.

In a blog postChen Goldberg, general manager of native runtimes and vice president of engineering at Google Cloud, explained that most customers won’t really notice a difference.

“Customers of Anthos on-premises (now known as GDC Virtual) will continue to enjoy the consistent management and development experience they know and expect, with no changes to current capabilities, pricing structure or the look of user interfaces and will continue to see consistent additions to the roadmap,” she said. “For customers new to GDC Virtual, its capabilities will complement our GDC Edge and Hosted offerings designed to accelerate your cloud transformation.”

Goldberg added that GDC Virtual is a software-only extension to Google Cloud that allows users to perform actions such as automating the provisioning of Google Kubernetes Engine clusters on virtual machines and bare metal infrastructure, and using Google Cloud Console to provision Anthos clusters on vSphere.

Developers can also build and deploy container-based workloads on Kubernetes directly or through an application runtime. Additionally, users can enforce federated security, access controls, and identity management on GDC Virtual.

Goldberg added that customers might find it useful to deploy GDC Virtual if they already have a significant investment in their own virtual machine environment. With GDC Virtual, customers can continue to leverage that existing infrastructure, she said. It’s also a good option for advanced AI and machine learning workloads, she said, allowing customers to deploy on hardware that meets their specific needs.

GDC Virtual can also be useful for customers looking to modernize legacy applications in place, before migrating them to the cloud later, she explained.

Sachin Gupta (pictured), vice president and general manager of infrastructure at Google Cloud, sat down with theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio, last year to discuss Google’s advantages in more detail Distributed Cloud:

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