Google Cloud flashes flower power in bid to realize 'write once, run anywhere' dream | 4/9/2019 | Staff
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At its cloud-touting event Google Cloud Next'19 on Tuesday, the Chocolate Factory announced a service that debuted last year, now with a new name and broader scope.

Those who recall the blandly branded Cloud Services Platform, which consisted of the managed Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), GKE On-Prem and managed Istio, can forget that name and start saying Anthos.

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What's new is the ability to manage containerized workloads on other cloud providers like AWS and Azure. And Anthos, derived from the Greek word for flower, is actually available now.

"It lets you write once and run your jobs anywhere," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the keynote presentation.

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Nonetheless, Google would clearly prefer to have companies run their applications on the Google Cloud Platform, and it introduced a tool to make that happen. Anthos Migrate is a helper service designed to move VMs – on-premises or in other clouds – to GKE-orchestrated containers. It's designated a beta release and is "coming soon."

Anthos is not inexpensive, however. The subscription-based service starts at $10,000 per month per 100 vCPU block, with a one year minimum commitment. Negotiation, however, may result in better rates.

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Thomas Kurian, tapped to head Google Cloud Platform last year, said Anthos came from listening to customers who wanted to have a technology stack they could run in the cloud and in their own data centers using a single programming model without lock in.

With Anthos comes an enlarged ecosystem that now spans more than 30 hardware, software, and integration partners, including Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, VMware, Intel, Dell, Lenovo, ATOS and Deloitte.

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Anthos uses Google's Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to enable containers to move between on-premises systems (GKE On-Prem) and Google's cloud. The HPE systems are SimpliVity and a Nimble storage/ProLiant server combination.

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