So Google has officially entered the enterprise data center.
The mainstream public cloud provider has launched a multi-cloud platform called Anthos. The company announced the launch of the platform during a recent conference Cloud Next. It was when the company made set open access to the platform after numerous announcements.
Let’s look more in-depth at what is behind the platform of which Google is so proud.

One of the Kind

While there are some public cloud services out there, there’s something that differentiates Google’s Anthos among them. It’s an umbrella brand that allows aligning multiple services with the modernization of applications, along with operations in cloud management, such as hybrid cloud and cloud migration. Anthos also covers Google Cloud extensively and is generally accessible, which are significant advantages of the new product.

A Dark Horse

Even though the product seems to be quite innovative in already not-so-new cloud technology, there are still some concerns expressed regarding Anthos. In particular, the announcement of the platform appeared to be confusing because of how scattered the documentation is. Besides, hybrid cloud connectivity and the deployment for multiple cloud application have been the only parts exposed in many details, enough to give everyone an understanding of what Anthos actually involves. The questions regarding the full integration of the product with self-service module continue to come up.
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The Heart of the Platform

As you can see, there are some poorly understood aspects of the project. But there is definitely a lot of clarity in what the technical side of Anthos looks like. The building blocks and the opportunities in the broad industry are worth discussing, so let's dig deeper.
  • GKE & GKE On-Prem. Kubernetes is the most frequently used project among those open source ones. In Anthos, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) performs the controlling function that allows managing all the processes involved, including the ones taking place inside the cloud space of Google, on-premises, and on other connected cloud platforms. Software based on Kuberbetes and compatible with GKE makes it possible for the users of Anthos to deploy the same operations online as they would using hardware. However, some hypervisors are still not supported because they are in progress for a suitable virtual appliance. GKE On-Prem, in addition, allows applying Kubernetes to your own data set and manage it with Google Cloud Console.
  • Istio & Velostrata. Istio, as an easily integratable technology with various networks, including VMware and Cisco ACI, helps the platform to manage the federated network. Velostrata, in turn, provides the functioning of cloud migration for Google's new platform, although it's still at the beta stage. The role of the technology, in this case, is to stream machines so that replicas can be created in GCE instances. It also functions as a converter between VMs and Pods, the latter being Kuberbetes applications.
  • Anthos Config Management. Managing configurations through the platform is simpler than one could expect. In the process of Anthos development, Google made sure that users would be able to manage several deployments of Kubernetes with no extra effort since they have to run them in different environments at the same time. Because of involving artifacts associated with deployment, policies related to the network, and settings of configuration, Anthos Config Management can be considered as a central repository of these aspects of the platform.
  • GCP Marketplace & Cloud Interconnect. To make getting started with Anthos easier for users, Marketplace allows them to install open source and ISV applications in just one click. The second asset, in turn, offers fast, secure connectivity between the cloud and the data center of an enterprise, which is a critical part of an effective hybrid cloud. With the speed up to 100Gbps, GCP Could Interconnect eliminates the challenge of data center extension to GCP.
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Opportunities in the Broad Industry

Since Google can hardly boast of many collaborations in the industry, Anthos starts a new chapter in the company's position on the market. Putting it differently, Google's launch of Anthos allows it to align itself with Amazon and Microsoft, the leading competitors that have far more partnerships and therefore a better reputation in the field.  Anthos has already gained the extension of HyperFlex, Stealthwatch Cloud, and ACI to enhance its networking opportunities. Along with these, the integration of NSX and SDN is going to make the new platform even more efficient. Of course, there is still so much to do in terms of being able to offer more than the competitors. But at this point of Anthos launch, Google can be officially welcomed to the row of strong players.

Anthos for DevOps

Among all the uses of Anthos and its benefits for enterprises, DevOps and process automation seem to be greatly enhanced with the new platform. Since Anthos allows synchronizing not only different clouds but also projects developed on-premises, it promises a new stage in the organization of work processes.  It's undoubtedly that Google is well aware of container management and all the aspects and barriers that may lie behind it. We know that some issues that are not directly related to software development can cause serious delays in goal attainment. Problems with workload distribution and multicluster management seem to play a minor role in project completion but are vital in reality.  With this in mind, creating more opportunities for process automation and easier DevOps practices is what we see as a meaningful benefit of Anthos.

The Challenge

It seems like Google is trying to become the new VMware of the Kubernetes; with little success and many obstacles, we must admit. Although Anthos reshapes the idea of an effective cloud-native ecosystem, the environment of the market has changed since VMware occupied the top position among strong enterprise representatives. Particularly, the presence of open source software means that making software the key asset is just not what matters today. So how can Anthos drive Google to win the competition in the enterprise data sector? The ecosystem, the community - this is what Google has to focus on. Continuing to add up to the stack of cloud native with the help of numerous newly occurring start-ups is the strategy to follow. In the case of facilitating Kubernetes adoption, Anthos becomes the door to the enterprise sector for local service providers and small companies.  This is the scenario that will lead Google to become the top enterprise representative, which also creates opportunities in the industry for the cloud-native ecosystem and open source community.

A Sum-Up

With the idea behind the platform not being so new, recently launched Google's Anthos is a real game changer. The platform implies an environment for the optimization of work processes performed both using public cloud providers and on-premises. Simply put, Anthos provides a novel, advanced approach to application development, management, and deployment with a minimal number of configurations.  With this in mind, there's going to be fewer DevOps issues and hence, faster and more effective project completion due to improved optimization and increased automation. Not to mention, Anthos makes Google a potential leader in the enterprise data center and gives so many opportunities for startups. While there are still some concerns regarding what Anthos will represent in terms of the part of the ecosystem, its launch is definitely a crunch point in the history of the industry.