Google Launches Anthos App Platform with AWS Support

Google this week announced the general availability of Anthos for Amazon Web Services (AWS), part of Google's effort to embrace open standards and the ability to run unmodified applications on-premises or in the public cloud.

Anthos is a multicloud and hybrid application platform. It's designed to provide a consistent application development and IT operations experience across on-premises, multicloud and hybrid cloud environments.

Google first introduced Anthos last April, saying it will let organizations "manage workloads running on third-party clouds like AWS and Azure, giving you the freedom to deploy, run and manage your applications on the cloud of your choice, without requiring administrators and developers to learn different environments and APIs."

On Wednesday, Google made good on part of its multicloud promise, announcing support for AWS on Anthos is now production-ready, with Microsoft Azure support forthcoming. "Now, you can consolidate all your operations across on-premises, Google Cloud, and other clouds starting with AWS (support for Microsoft Azure is currently in preview)," wrote Jennifer Lin, head of product management at Google, in a blog post.

Anthos consists of four primary components:

  • Anthos GKE: A container orchestration and management service for running Kubernetes clusters in both cloud and on-premises environments.
  • Anthos Config Management: Helps organizations in defining, automating and enforcing policies across said environments to meet specific security and compliance requirements.
  • Anthos Service Mesh: Used to manage and secure traffic between services while monitoring, troubleshooting and improving application performance.
  • Anthos Security: Secures hybrid and multicloud deployments by providing consistent controls across environments.

Google also announced enhancements to the Migrate for Anthos service, and announced that along with Azure support, future releases will provide the ability to run Anthos without requiring the use of third-party hypervisors.

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