Your cloud, your infrastructure: Announcing Anthos Ready Storage

We launched Anthos to provide customers with a platform to deliver and manage applications across all types of environments and infrastructure—most commonly, hybrid and multi-cloud environments—leveraging containers and Kubernetes.

To date, we have seen an extremely enthusiastic response from customers who want to run key workloads on Anthos. Our partners are enabling customers to deliver solutions that leverage Anthos in new and exciting ways. This includes storage, which is a key consideration as organizations look to manage their data across hybrid or multi-cloud deployments in containerized environments.

Today, we’re excited to announce a new qualification for partner storage solutions:Anthos Ready Storage. This qualification recognizes partner solutions that have met a core set of requirements to run optimally with Anthos running on-premises, and helps organizations select storage solutions that are deployed with Anthos.

The first set of partners to achieve the Anthos Ready Storage qualification for Anthos on-premise are Dell EMC, HP Enterprise, NetApp, Portworx, Pure Storage, and Robin.io. 

All Anthos Ready Storage partners have met multiple criteria, including:

  • Demonstrated core Kubernetes functionality including dynamic provisioning of volumes via open and portable Kubernetes-native storage APIs.

  • A proven ability to automatically manage storage across cluster scale-up and scale-down scenarios.

  • A simplified deployment experience following Kubernetes practices.

“Speed is the new scale in the world upset by digital transformation, the complex reality is that data and resources live anywhere and everywhere.” said Anthony Lye, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Data Services at NetApp. “We’re excited to expand our support for customers on Anthos in the hybrid multicloud as a part of the Anthos Ready Storage initiative. Together, Google Cloud’s Anthos and NetApp Trident and Kubernetes-ready storage offer a proven solution that helps customers manage their data on public cloud, on premises and hybrid cloud environments.”

“Speed to market is a key differentiator as companies develop next generation, cloud-native applications. The emergence of Kubernetes is driven by that need for agility,” said Jay Snyder, SVP Global Alliances, Dell Technologies. “We’re pleased to participate in this program, as Dell EMC PowerMax and VxFlex are ideal infrastructure options when paired with Google Cloud Anthos to deploy Kubernetes in multi-cloud environments.”

“Businesses are moving rapidly to modernize their applications using container based architectures,” said Omer Asad, VP and GM Primary Storage & Data Services at HP Enterprise. “We’re excited to expand our work with Google Cloud to qualify our fully-managed, container-based storage solutions such as HPE Nimble Storage for the Anthos platform.”

We’re committed to meeting customers where they are, and providing them with the ability to run key workloads and applications in the environment best suited for their business. 

To learn more about the Anthos Ready Storage program, please visit here. To get started with Anthos, contact us.

Announcing new certifications for technical leaders and DevOps engineers

As the cloud continues to evolve, it’s paving the way for exciting innovations that were difficult to imagine even a few years ago. To take advantage of everything the latest cloud technology has to offer, organizations must be able to find people with the right combination of skills to make it happen. In 2020, Google Cloud will continue helping you along this path to modernization with some exciting new resources: 

  • The Google Cloud Certified Fellow program will identify and recognize technical leaders who can help organizations transform their business through hybrid- and multi-cloud technology.

  • The Cloud DevOps Engineer certification addresses the cloud skills shortage and helps organizations quickly identify qualified talent.

Google Cloud Certified Fellow program

The Google Cloud Certified Fellow program is a unique, invitation-only certification program for technical leaders who are experts in designing innovative enterprise solutions with Anthos—our open hybrid- and multi-cloud application platform that enables you to modernize your existing applications, build new ones, and securely run them anywhere. The program identifies experts who can effectively lead organizations through frictionless hybrid multi-cloud adoption. To become part of the program, Certified Fellows pass a series of rigorous assessments, including hands-on labs and a panel interview.

Twenty IT leaders are already part of the Google Cloud Certified Fellow program, and are using what they’ve learned to overcome their business challenges. 

“The Certified Fellow exam pushed my understanding of Anthos’ capabilities, and the certification provides me the platform to help educate the community about the latest technology and inspire people to become better engineers,“ said Chris Love, Google Cloud Certified Fellow and Principal Architect at LionKube. “I have been contributing to open-source projects for over ten years, so it’s important to me that I continue to give back to the community.” 

Not only does the Google Cloud Certified Fellow program equip these leaders with the technical skills and industry best-practices they need to solve cloud challenges, it identifies them as cloud experts to everyone in the industry. 

“I am proud of the recognition for my skill level from Google Cloud and my clients value the mastery it demonstrates,” said Zach Snee, Google Cloud Certified Fellow and Cloud Solutions Architect at Accenture. “Having representation in the Certified Fellow Program reinforces Accenture’s commitment to Cloud innovation and to our continued Google Cloud partnership.” 

Another important part of the program is providing an opportunity for certified leaders to connect with other Google Cloud Certified Fellows as well as with Google Cloud product and engineering leadership. 

“It is rare to have that many accomplished IT leaders in one place,” said Love. “Meeting with my peers during the Google Cloud Certified Fellow program was a highlight for me and something I look forward to doing again.” 

Cloud DevOps certification

DevOps is emerging as an integral part of digital transformation projects. The role of cloud DevOps engineers is to employ continuous change and rapid experimentation to help organizations transform quickly and meet changing customer demands. Unfortunately, DevOps engineering positions are currently one of the most difficult technical positions to fill

To address this skills shortage, we are offering a Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer certification. Now, cloud professionals can become industry recognized and clearly demonstrate to employers their expertise in efficient development operations with a focus on service reliability and delivery speed. 

We hope these programs help you achieve your cloud modernization goals. To learn more about our DevOps certification, and get a special discount on DevOps training, register for our Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer webinar. To start learning about how to architect hybrid-cloud infrastructure with Anthos, check out our training options.

Expanding our alliance with Cisco in hybrid cloud and the contact center

Over the past three years, we’ve worked closely with Cisco to deliver a number of customer-focused solutions in areas such as hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, work transformation, and contact center integrations. This week at Cisco Live in Barcelona, we’re sharing updates on our joint work in two key areas of customer demand—hybrid cloud solutions and the digital contact center.

Announcing the availability of Anthos 1.2 with Cisco HyperFlex

At Next ‘19, Cisco and Google Cloud announced a hybrid cloud partnership to bring Anthos and Cisco HyperFlex to our shared customers. After working closely across our engineering and business development teams, today we are excited to announce the general availability of Anthos 1.2 with Cisco HyperFlex, with a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for the joint solution coming soon. 

Google Cloud’s Anthos deployed with Cisco HyperFlex enables you to modernize in-place with your existing resources. You can automate policy and security at scale, track configuration and policy changes to have an audit log of system configuration, and update configurations in seconds across all of your Anthos environments. It also provides consistency, the same experience across on-prem and in the cloud.

“This is an important milestone in our hybrid cloud partnership with Google Cloud,” said Kaustubh Das, Vice President Product Management, Cisco. “With Anthos and the HyperFlex Data Platform, our customers now have a highly available and resilient on-prem data platform for running Kubernetes workloads at scale. We now have all the benefits of Anthos on a system that delivers predictable performance, enterprise-grade data services, storage optimization, security and zero downtime during upgrades.”

Cisco HyperFlex unifies compute, storage, and networking for your core to the edge. Anthos GKE on-prem deployed on Cisco HyperFlex provides a Container-as-a-Service environment based on our recently released Anthos 1.2. This solution provides end-to-end orchestration, management and scalable architecture to deploy Anthos on Cisco HyperFlex with HyperFlex CSI (Container Storage Interface) for persistent storage. Customers looking at hybrid cloud models will experience a consistent Kubernetes experience on-prem as well as on the cloud with:

  • A single management control plane for the entire hardware lifecycle management.

  • Scalable and highly available hyperconverged infrastructure to aid container applications with compute, network and storage needs,

  • Faster turnaround time, making it a good fit for DevOps and CI/CD use cases.

  • Anthos single control plane for multi-cloud management, allowing you to deploy applications across hybrid and multi-cloud environments without changing the underlying code.

  • Automated policies and security at scale.

“Cisco and Google Cloud have combined Cisco’s leading hyper converged technology with Google Cloud’s Anthos to make hybrid cloud containerization a reality for our customers,” said Dave Sellers, General Manager, MultiCloud at World Wide Technology.”  Leveraging our Advanced Technology Center, WWT is providing our customers a unique educational and hands-on lab experience showcasing the unique value proposition offered by these cutting-edge technologies.”

Customers in our first Anthos lab day event last week with WWT are already sharing positive feedback with us—and we’ve been thrilled by the reception. Customer centricity is a joint value shared within this partnership, and it has helped inform the direction of our products and will continue to shape the future of Anthos. 

Expanding our partnership to modernize the Contact Center

We are also excited to expand our partnership with Cisco by offering Contact Center AI through Cisco’s platform. Cisco is now bringing in Google Cloud’s Natural Language Processing (NLP), AI, and ML capabilities to create a seamless end-to-end conversational experience for customers. With the release of our joint solution, Cisco is now introducing Google Cloud’s conversational IVR, Virtual Agent, Agent Assist, and Insights to their contact center offering. 

Powered by Google Cloud’s innovative conversational AI, our Contact Center AI offering helps businesses create richer, more natural-sounding, and more helpful conversational experiences within the contact center. Customers can use natural language to describe the reason for their text or call. The Virtual Agent can then either assist the customer or route the conversation to the appropriate agent. Cisco Contact Center’s industry leading routing technology then routes the customer to the appropriate agent based on the understood intent.. AI and NLP continue to assist the conversation by surfacing knowledge articles, recommendations, and turn-by-turn guidance for the agent. Then the agent is assisted with wrap-up and business leaders can use the data with Insights for sentiment analysis and spotting trends.

Google Cloud Contact Center AI, in partnership with Cisco, improves the customer experience, increases agent satisfaction, and provides insights to business leaders—and it does this all while deflecting more calls, reducing average handle time, and lowering costs. And since Google Cloud and Cisco have done the hard work on the backend, the solution is easier to implement. No machine learning experts needed!

“We’re excited to launch this joint solution that infuses AI from the Google Cloud into our Contact Center and transforms how our joint customers do business,” said Omar Tawakol, VP/GM at Cisco Contact Center:  With this integration, we’re combining Google Cloud’s Natural Language Processing and AI capabilities with our industry leading contact center capabilities to empower agents to provide better customer service and vastly improve the experience for the end customer.”

You can learn more about Anthos and Contact Center AI on our website. And if you’re attending Cisco Live Barcelona, we invite you to stop by Booth 02 to learn more about our joint solutions—details are here.

4 ways Anthos delivers ROI to customers, according to new Forrester Consulting Study

In our conversations with technology leaders about Anthos, we quickly get into the strategic questions about long term transformation and selection of the right technology architectures. At the heart of those discussions is an exploration of the potential economic value to their organization. So we commissioned Forrester Consulting to interview a few early adopters of Anthos in order to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact that Anthos, Google Cloud’s application modernization platform had on their IT organization. 

Today we’re excited to share Forrester’s New Technology Projection: The Total Economic Impact™ of Anthos study, which describes how Anthos can help make operators, developers, and security team more productive and satisfied. Forrester conducted interviews with several early Anthos customers to evaluate the benefits, costs, and risks of investing in Anthos across an organization. Based on their interviews, Forrester identified major financial benefits across four different areas: operational efficiency, developer productivity, security productivity and increased customer advocacy and retention. In fact, Forrester projects that customers adopting Anthos can achieve a range of up to 4.8x Return on Investment (ROI) within three years.

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Save money, increase customer satisfaction

Like you, Anthos customers work with multiple clouds (including on-premises environments) and report that managing a hybrid or multi-cloud platform is incredibly complex. Anthos enables them to modernize in place, build and deploy apps fast, and scale effectively without compromising their security or increasing complexity. 

Let’s take a deeper look at the ways that Forrester found that Anthos can help you achieve your goals and unlock your business potential. 

1. Streamline operational efficiency
Anthos gives operators a single platform to manage applications across environments, saving time on management and speeding up modernization. Anthos Service Mesh simplifies delivery and lifecycle management of microservices and helps ensure the health of the overall application. The composite organization is projected to reduce the time spent on platform management by 40% to 55%, across both on-prem and cloud environments. 

When you are ready to migrate existing applications to the cloud, Migrate for Anthos makes that process simple and fast. The composite organization is projected to have 58% to 75% faster app migration and modernization process when using Anthos. After you containerize your existing applications you can take advantage of Anthos Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), both on-prem and in the cloud, and consistently manage your Kubernetes deployments. 

2. Accelerated development velocity and increased developer productivity
Anthos gives time back to developers by providing consistency across on-prem and various cloud environments. Instead of managing configurations and deployments, developers can focus on what they do best: writing, testing, and pushing code. Developers also enjoy a better experience while using environment-agnostic Anthos capabilities like our Cloud Run serverless solution, Anthos Service Mesh, Anthos Config Management, and Anthos GKE. Ultimately, developers at enterprises in this study projected reduced non-coding time by 23% to 38%

Saving developers time also directly contributes to organizational agility. One Google Cloud financial services customer using Anthos expects to move their updates from a quarterly to a weekly roll-out—a 13x improvement on time-to-market. When developers are freed from the burden of infrastructure management, they can accelerate progress in your organization. 

3. Consistent, unified security policy creation and enforcement across environments
Regardless of where you are in your application modernization journey, keeping your cloud platform reliable and secure is absolutely critical. Just minutes of downtime can mean millions of dollars in lost sales, and one security breach can be a billion dollar mistake. One major concern surrounding moving to the cloud is the difficulty of securing applications across a range of different environments that may not sit solely in your data centers. 

Anthos Config Management allows you to automate and standardize security policies and best practices across all of your environments. Anthos GKE combines the power of containerization with the ease of management from a single UI and API surfaceConsistent and unified policy creation and enforcement, through Anthos is projected to save security operators 60% to 96% of their time on deployment-related tasks. 

4. Improve customer advocacy and retention for lift in top-line revenue 
Perhaps most importantly, Forrester’s analysis found that Anthos can enhance the customer-facing application performance, and availability, leading to more satisfied customers and a significant financial sales lift. Containerization, microservices, and serverless all provide tools that improve cloud agility and governance. 

Application downtime is incredibly frustrating for your customers and can result in lost revenue. Anthos is projected to reduce application downtime by 20% to 60% in the composite organization, which also contributed to a better customer experience and increased overall sales. Additionally, productive developers, and efficient operators, can push new features and updates more frequently, enhancing the customer experience across all your applications. 

Download the Forrester Total Economic Impact study today to hear directly from enterprise engineering leaders and dive deep into the economic impact Anthos can deliver your organization. We would love to partner with you to explore the potential Anthos can unlock in your teams. Please reach out to our sales team to start a conversation about your digital transformation with Google Cloud.

New Anthos training: a masterclass in hybrid cloud architecture and management

You’re moving faster than ever to build new applications, innovate, and bring value to your customers. Anthos, Google Cloud’s open application modernization platform, can help you modernize your existing applications, making them more portable, maintainable, scalable and secure. And now, our newest learning specialization, Architecting Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Anthos, is live, showing how you can use its technologies to transform your IT environments.

Designed for infrastructure operators, architects, and DevOps professionals, Architecting Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Anthos teaches you how to modernize, observe, secure, and manage your applications using Istio-powered service mesh and Kubernetes, whether you’re on-premises, on Google Cloud, or distributed across both. With a mix of lectures and hands-on labs, you’ll learn about compute, networking, service mesh, config management, and their underlying control-planes, so you can begin to understand the full scope of the platform’s capabilities. The training also unpacks the complexities of modern environments, and equips you with the foundational knowledge needed to address challenges such as migrating and scaling among environments hosted in multiple regions and by multiple providers.

This specialization builds on the Architecting with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) learning specialization, and assumes that students have extensive hands-on experience with Kubernetes. Architecting Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Anthos is delivered as three courses, which are available on demand and in a classroom setting:

  • Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Foundations with Anthos – This course lays the groundwork for assembling hybrid infrastructure by presenting the Anthos platform architecture including Anthos GKE and Anthos Service Mesh.

  • Hybrid Cloud Service Mesh with Anthos – Gain the practical skills you need to deploy a service mesh to overcome challenges in multi-service application management, operation, and delivery.

  • Hybrid Cloud Multi-Cluster with Anthos – The final course will help you to understand configuration and get hands-on practice to manage a multi-cluster Anthos GKE deployment, including on-premises and in-cloud clusters.

Interested in hearing more? Register today for our webinar, Architecting Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with Anthos, on Jan 31 at 9:00 am PST to get hands-on Anthos experience and receive a special discount on additional Anthos training.

IBM Power Systems now available on Google Cloud

Enterprises looking to the cloud to modernize their existing infrastructure and streamline their business processes have many options. At one end of the spectrum, some organizations are replatforming entire legacy systems to adopt the cloud. Many others, however, want to continue leveraging their existing infrastructure while still benefiting from the cloud’s flexible consumption model, scalability, and new advancements in areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics.

To help you meet your cloud goals, whatever they may be, Google Cloud now offers IBM Power Systems as part of our cloud solutions. Today, customers can run IBM Power Systems as a service on Google Cloud—whether you’re using AIX, IBM i, or Linux on IBM Power. 

For organizations using a hybrid cloud strategy, especially, IBM Power Systems are an important tool. Because of their performance and ability to support mission critical workloads—such as SAP applications and Oracle databases—enterprise customers have been consistently looking for options to run IBM Power Systems in the cloud. IBM Power Systems for Google Cloud offers a path to do just that, providing the best of both the cloud and on-premise worlds. You can run enterprise workloads like SAP and Oracle on the IBM Power servers that you’ve come to trust, while starting to take advantage of all the technical capabilities and favorable economics that Google Cloud offers. 

IBM Power Systems on Google Cloud offers many other benefits, as well, including:

  • Integrated billing: You can deploy the solution through the Google Cloud Marketplace and take advantage of integrated Google Cloud billing. This means you can take advantage of this offering just like any other Google Cloud service and get a unified bill from Google Cloud. 
  • Private API access: Google Cloud’s Private API Access technology lets you access Google Cloud resources privately, while enabling all IBM Power Systems resources (LPARs) to use private IP spaces that you choose. It’s secure by design and enables ultra low latency between the IBM Power servers and Google Compute Engine virtual machines.
  • Integrated customer support: Google Cloud manages customer support, giving you one point of contact for any issues.
  • Rapid deployment: An intuitive new management console enables quick ramp and rapid deployment of the solution.

Many enterprise customers, including leaders in energy and retail, have already begun modernizing their infrastructure with this new offering. To learn more about how you can use IBM Power Systems on Google Cloud contact your Google Cloud sales representative, or email us at [email protected].

Bare Metal Solution: Enabling specialized workloads in Google Cloud

Enterprises want to embrace the pace of innovation and an operational business model of the modern-day cloud, but they don’t want to disrupt their existing IT landscape or upgrade all their legacy applications. This presents a conundrum, as most legacy applications were not designed to run in the cloud, and migrating them can be challenging, risky and cost-prohibitive. 

The complexity, cost and risk of cloud migration often stand in the way of a successful digital transformation. At Google Cloud, we work to meet you where you are and help you craft a migration strategy that lets you run what you want, where you want, how you want. This is why we’re excited to introduce Bare Metal Solution: to jumpstart the migration of applications that have been holding back your cloud adoption. 

Bare Metal Solution consists of all the infrastructure you need to run your specialized workload such as Oracle Database close to Google Cloud. This infrastructure is connected with a dedicated, low-latency and highly resilient interconnect, and connects to all native Google Cloud services. Bare Metal Solution uses OEM hardware that is certified to run multiple enterprise applications, most of which can be migrated to this infrastructure with little or no change, minimizing the risk of migration while simultaneously increasing its velocity.

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Bare Metal Solution also comes with automation tools to help you onboard your environment quickly—provisioning your applications, relational databases, configuring popular operating systems and setting up services such as backups and monitoring. The management interface will be familiar to your existing IT teams or systems integrator, allowing you to leverage your investments in existing tools, processes and personnel.

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In addition to providing state-of-the-art infrastructure and integrated low-latency access to Google Cloud, Bare Metal Solution also provides the following:

  • Completely managed hardware infrastructure: End-to-end infrastructure management such as compute, storage and networking, as well as fully managed and monitored environments such as power, cooling and facilities.

  • Google Cloud support and billing: A seamless support experience with support for infrastructure, including defined SLAs for initial response. 24X7 coverage for all Priority 1 and 2 issues. Unified billing across Google Cloud and Bare Metal Solution. 

  • Service Level Agreements: Defined enterprise-grade SLA for hardware uptime and interconnect availability.

As an integral part of Google Cloud, Bare Metal Solution lets you off-load provisioning, managing and monitoring of your infrastructure to Google, so you can focus on your own data center modernization. 

The nitty gritty 

Many of the workloads that run on Bare Metal Solution have demanding CPU and I/O requirements. Bare Metal Solution provides a cost-effective and scalable architecture based on state-of-the-art x86 servers and high-performance, resilient storage. The servers are offered in several fixed configurations that support most mainstream enterprise operating systems:

  • Dual-core x86 systems

    • 16 core with 384 GB DRAM

    • 24 core with 768 GB DRAM

    • 56 core with 1536 GB DRAM

  • Quad-core x86 systems

    • 56 core with 1536 GB DRAM 

    • 112 core with 3072 GB DRAM

Bare Metal Solution servers can be used for standalone applications, or configured with application native or database native clustering technologies for high availability. Storage is offered in 1TB volume increments of either hybrid or all-flash disk. For applications that require custom compute shapes or special-purpose hardware, we also offer bespoke hardware configurations. 

Bare Metal Solution uses OEM hardware that is certified for many ISV software applications as well as custom built applications, including those built on Oracle Database. These hardware configurations are offered as a subscription, billed monthly with a preferred term length of 36 months. There are no data ingress and egress charges between Bare Metal Solution and Google Cloud in the same region; customers are responsible for provisioning adequate bandwidth for their business needs.

Legacy apps are no barrier to cloud

Google Cloud is the preferred destination for organizations building cloud-native applications as well as migrating existing on-premises applications, bringing reliable infrastructure, leading data analytics capabilities, and a culture of innovation to your IT environment. Whether you’re looking to build new applications in the cloud or to overhaul your infrastructure, we’re here to help you reach your digital transformation goals. And now, with Bare Metal Solution, we’re excited to extend the power of Google Cloud to specialized, legacy workloads. To learn more please visit our website.

Don’t just move to the cloud, modernize with Google Cloud

Our customers tell us they don’t just want to migrate their applications from point A to point B, they want to modernize their applications with cloud-native technologies and techniques, wherever those applications may be. 

Today, we’re excited to tell you about a variety of new customers that are using Anthos to transform their application portfolio, as well as new cloud migration, API management, and application development offerings:

  • New customers leveraging Anthos for a variety of on-prem, cloud and edge use cases
  • The general availability of Migrate for Anthos
  • Apigee hybrid in general availability
  • The general availability of Cloud Code

Accelerating app modernization with Anthos

Anthos was the first open app modernization platform to offer a unified control plane and service delivery across diverse cloud environments—managed cloud, on-premises and edge. Since it became generally available in the spring, organizations across a variety of industries and geographies have turned to Anthos to bring the benefits of cloud, containers and microservices to their applications. 

According to the findings from Forrester’s Total Economic Impact study, customers adopting Anthos have seen up to 5x return on investment based on the savings from ongoing license and support costs, and the incremental savings from operations and developer productivity. For one customer in the financial services industry, rolling out new features and updates to their core banking application used to take at least a quarter. Now with Anthos, they were able to eliminate months long development and release cycles, and roll out on a weekly basis. That’s a 13x improvement on time to market. 

This week, several new European Anthos customers will take the stage at Next UK to talk about how they’re using Anthos to transform their IT operations. 

Kaeser Kompressoren SE of Coburg, Germany, is a provider of compressed air products and services. The company needed a consistent platform to deploy and manage existing on-prem SAP workloads, like SAP Data Hub, and also wanted to be able to tap into other services running in Google Cloud to get more value from those environments. 

“Application modernization is enabling business innovation for Kaeser,” said Falko Lameter, CIO. “To gain better insights from data, we knew we needed to incorporate advanced machine learning and data analytics in all our applications. We chose Google Cloud’s Anthos because it offered the flexibility to incrementally modernize our legacy application on-premises without business disruption, while allowing us to run other applications on Anthos in Google Cloud and take advantage of its managed data analytics and ML/AI services.”

Then there’s Denizbank. Based in Turkey, Denizbank provides a variety of commercial banking services, and established the first Digital Banking Department in Turkey in 2012. Denizbank turned to Anthos for an open application modernization platform to help it develop its next-generation mobile banking applications.

“We operate in 11 different countries and have to comply with various regulatory requirements like data locality and sovereignty, which mandates some or all applications to reside on premises in certain countries, while the rest of the apps can move to the cloud in other countries,” said Dilek Duman, COO of DenizBank. “We chose Google Cloud’s Anthos for its flexibility to modernize our existing application investments with ease, and to deliver AI/ML powered software faster while improving operational security and governance. Anthos gives us the ability to have a unified management view of our hybrid deployments, giving us a consistent platform to run our banking workloads across environments.” 

Anthos is even starting to be deployed to edge locations, where, thanks to its 100% software-based design, it can run on any number of hardware form factors. We’re in advanced discussions with customers in telecommunications, retail, manufacturing and entertainment about using Anthos for edge use cases, as well as with global hardware OEMs.

Move and modernize with Migrate for Anthos

In addition to leveraging cloud technology for their on-premises environments with Anthos, customers also want to simultaneously migrate to the cloud and modernize with containers. That’s why we’re happy to announce the general availability of Migrate for Anthos, which provides a fast, low-friction path to convert physical servers or virtual machines from a variety of sources (on-prem, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Compute Engine) directly into containers in Anthos GKE.

Migrate for Anthos makes it easy to modernize your applications without a lot of manual effort or specialized training. After upgrading your on-prem systems to containers with Migrate for Anthos, you’ll benefit from a reduction in OS-level management and maintenance, more efficient resource utilization, and easy integration with Google Cloud services for data analytics, AI and ML, and more. 

DevFactory aims to offload repetitive tasks in software development so that dev teams can focus on coding and productivity. As advocates for optimization through containers, they found Migrate for Anthos a key way to help deliver on their goals:  

“We usually see less than 1% resource utilization in data centers. Migrate for Anthos is a remarkable tool that allows us to migrate data center workloads to the cloud in a few simple steps,” said Rahul Subramaniam, CEO, Devfactory. “By automatically converting servers and virtual machines into containers with Migrate for Anthos, we get better resource utilization and dramatically reduced costs along with managed infrastructure in the end state, which makes this a very exciting and much-needed solution.” 

Migrate for Anthos is available at no additional cost, and can be used with or without an Anthos subscription.

API-first, everywhere, with Apigee hybrid 

To drive modernization and innovation, enterprises are increasingly adopting API-first approaches to connecting services across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. To address the need for hybrid API management, we’re announcing the general availability of Apigee hybrid, giving you the flexibility to deploy your API runtimes in a hybrid environment, while using cloud-based Apigee capabilities such as developer portals, API monitoring, and analytics. Apigee hybrid can be deployed as a workload on Anthos, giving you the benefits of an integrated Google Cloud stack, with Anthos’ automation and security benefits. 

Gap Inc. uses Apigee to publish, secure, and analyze APIs and easily onboard the development teams working with those APIs. Apigee hybrid will help Gap Inc. overcome the traditional tradeoffs between on-premises and cloud, providing the best of both worlds.   

“With Apigee hybrid, we can have an easy to manage, localized runtime for scenarios where latency or data sensitivity require it. At the same time, we can continue to enjoy all the benefits of Apigee such as Apigee’s developer portal and its rich API-lifecycle management capabilities,” said Patrick McMichael, Enterprise Architect at Gap Inc. 

Simplifying the developer experience

Google Cloud application development tools are designed to help you simplify creating apps for containers and Kubernetes, incorporate security and compliance into your pipelines, and scale up or down depending on demand, so you only pay for what you use. 

With these goals in mind, last week, we announced the general availability of Cloud Run and Cloud Run for Anthos. Cloud Run is a managed compute platform on Google Cloud that lets you run serverless containers on on a fully managed environment or on Anthos. With Cloud Run fully managed, you can easily deploy and run stateless containers written in any language, and enjoy serverless benefits such as automatic scale up and scale down and pay-for-use—without having to manage the underlying infrastructure. 

Cloud Run for Anthos, meanwhile, brings those same serverless developer experience to Anthos managed clusters, giving developers access to a modern, serverless compute platform while their organization modernizes its on-prem environment with Kubernetes. 

Easier Kubernetes development with Cloud Code

Today, we’re excited to announce the general availability of another important member of the Google Cloud application development stack: Cloud Code, which lets developers write, debug and deploy code to Google Cloud or any Kubernetes cluster through extensions to popular Integrated Developer Environments (IDEs) such as Visual Studio Code and IntelliJ. 

Developers are most productive while working in their favorite IDE. By embracing developers’ existing workflow and tools, Cloud Code makes working with Kubernetes feel like you are working with a local application, while preserving the investment you’ve made to configure your tools to your own specific needs. Cloud Code dramatically simplifies the creation and maintenance of Kubernetes applications.

In addition, Cloud Code speeds up development against Kubernetes by extending the edit-debug-review “inner loop” to the cloud. You get rapid feedback on your changes, ensuring that they’re of high quality. And when it comes to moving code to the production environment, Cloud Code supports popular continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) tools like Cloud Build. 

Finally, with Cloud Code, diagnosing issues does not require a deep understanding of Kubernetes, thanks to connected debuggers and cluster-wide logging that help you address issues all from the context of your favorite tool. 

Toward modern, efficient applications

Application modernization means a lot of things to a lot of people. Depending on your environment, it can mean updating VMs to containers and Kubernetes, it can mean moving them to the cloud, or it can mean distributing them to edge locations and unifying workloads with consistent API and service management. For others, application modernization means using cloud-native tools and concepts like serverless and CI/CD. Whatever your definition, we can help you realize your business and modernization goals, achieving greater agility while improving overall governance.

Helping Our Customers Migrate to the Cloud: Google Acquires CloudSimple

Today, Google is excited to announce that it has acquired CloudSimple, a leading provider of secure, high performance, dedicated environments to run VMware workloads in the cloud. This acquisition builds on our existing partnership with CloudSimple that we announced earlier this year, allowing us to accelerate a fully integrated VMware migration solution with improved support for our customers.

Many enterprises are using VMware in their on-premises environments to run a variety of workloads: business applications such as ERP and CRM; databases such as Oracle and SQL Server; development and test environments; virtual desktops; and reporting and analytics systems. As part of their IT modernization initiatives, we hear frequently from enterprise customers that they need a simple way to migrate those workloads to the cloud. To put it simply: they want to be able to run what they want, where they want, and how they want—so they can leverage existing investments with as little toil as possible.

Through our existing partnership with CloudSimple, our customers can migrate their VMware workloads from on-premises datacenters directly into Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple, while also creating new VMware workloads as needed. Their apps can run exactly the same as they have been on-premises, but with all the benefits of the cloud, like performance, elasticity, and integration with key cloud services and technologies. And best of all, customers can do all this without having to re-architect existing VMware-based applications and workloads, which helps them operate more efficiently and reduce costs, while also allowing IT staff to maintain consistency and use their existing VMware tools, workflows and support.  To that end, we believe in a multi-cloud world and will continue to provide choice for our customers to use the best technology in their journey to the cloud. 

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with Google Cloud as they welcome CloudSimple, a VMware Cloud Verified partner,” said Ajay Patel, senior vice president, Cloud Provider Software Unit at VMware. “Our partnership with Google Cloud enables our mutual customers to run VMware workloads on VMware Cloud Foundation in Google Cloud Platform. With VMware on Google Cloud Platform, customers will be able to leverage all of the familiarity of VMware tools and training, and protect their investments, as they execute on their cloud strategies and rapidly bring new services to market and operate them seamlessly and more securely across a hybrid cloud environment.”

The acquisition of CloudSimple continues to demonstrate Google Cloud’s commitment to providing enterprise customers a broad suite of solutions to modernize their IT infrastructure. We’re thrilled about the team that will be joining us, and the expertise they bring to Google Cloud. For more information, you can read CloudSimple co-founder and CEO, Guru Pangal’s blog post and visit our site.

Cloud Run, a managed Knative service, is GA

We want to empower developers no matter where their businesses are in their cloud journey, whether that’s on-prem, operating in a managed Kubernetes environment, or running on a fully managed serverless computing platform. Today, we’re announcing that Cloud Run is generally available, helping developers focus on writing high-value code, regardless of where their organizations are on the path to the cloud. Specifically, we’re announcing:

  • Cloud Run, a fully managed serverless execution environment that lets you run stateless HTTP-driven containers, without worrying about the infrastructure.

  • Cloud Run for Anthos, which lets you deploy Cloud Run applications into an Anthos GKE cluster running on-prem or in Google Cloud.

  • Our commitment to Knative, the open API and runtime environment on which Cloud Run is based, bringing workload portability and the serverless developer experience to your Kubernetes clusters, wherever they may be.

Cloud Run fully managed

Cloud Run brings the best of both serverless and containers together. It allows you to write code in any language you choose, using any binary, without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. Cloud Run offers a natively serverless experience that lets you go from container to URL within seconds, for terrific developer velocity. You’re also charged only for the resources used, billed to the nearest 100 milliseconds. And Cloud Run workloads are totally portable: you can run them fully managed on Google Cloud, on Anthos running on-premises, or Anthos running on Google Cloud, or on a third-party cloud platform that supports Knative. 

Customers such as Narvar, a post-purchase platform for retailers, are already leveraging the benefits of fully managed Cloud Run.

“Google Cloud Run accelerated our developer velocity by 3X by enabling our developers to create new services at scale with ZERO dev-ops involvement. Just as important, Cloud Run helped us create a net-new product and business model, previously not possible because of the constraints of other solutions.” – Ram Ravichandran, CTO Narvar

As a managed compute platform, Cloud Run is production-ready out of the box with monitoring and logging powered by Stackdriver, all integrated into Cloud Console. Cloud Run also has first-class integration with gcloud, GCP’s CLI experience, giving you a consistent interface for deploying and managing Cloud Run services across these platforms.

Cloud Run for Anthos

If your organization wants to leverage Kubernetes to modernize and optimize its existing resources, the combination of Anthos and Cloud Run for Anthos can help smooth that transition, so you can modernize in place. With Cloud Run for Anthos, developers can easily write serverless applications and deploy them to the Anthos cluster without having to learn Kubernetes concepts first. Cloud Run for Anthos takes care of scaling your application instances up or down, even down to zero depending on traffic. 

Cloud Run for Anthos also lets you future-proof your applications. If you want to modernize an on-prem legacy application in place or extend it to the cloud, Cloud Run for Anthos can simply spin up a microservice that talks privately to existing services—all running on the same Anthos cluster. And if you decide you want to move your Cloud Run for Anthos apps to the cloud, it’s just a simple redeploy to the fully managed Cloud Run. You can even choose to move your workloads back to your own datacenter or another third-party cloud running a Knative-compatible environment. Here is what one of our customers, QiTech had to say:

“Cloud Run for Anthos brings additional features like application level auto scaling to our Kubernetes clusters, making it very simple to manage the cluster to scale when needed. It takes various actions that follow Kubernetes best practices and abstracts them, allowing us to focus more on our service and less on its infrastructure.” – Danilo Porto, Lead DevOps Engineer, QI Tech

We’ve also been collaborating with popular ISV partners to extend the capabilities of Cloud Run for Anthos across key areas like CI/CD, application performance monitoring (APM), and security. We’re excited to announce support from CircleCI, CloudBees, Datadog, Dynatrace, GitLab, JFrog, New Relic, Octarine, Palo Alto Networks, PureSec, Sumo Logic, and Sysdig. These partnerships mean organizations can easily integrate Cloud Run for Anthos using popular ISV solutions and still take advantage of existing tooling investments.

Cloud Run for Anthos running on Google Cloud is available as a free trial until May 14, 2020, with no additional charge beyond the cost of GKE.

Knative: the basis of Cloud Run 

Cloud Run is possible, in part, through our longstanding commitment to open source. We started Knative more than a year ago to help developers easily write serverless applications on top of Kubernetes. Working alongside industry leaders such as IBM, Pivotal, Red Hat, SAP and TriggerMesh, we built Knative to provide the essential components you need to build, deploy and manage modern serverless workloads anywhere you choose.

The Knative project is supported by more than 100 organizations and approximately 450 individual contributors. Already, organizations such as T-Mobile are building innovative applications for production use cases with Knative. Releases over the last year have focused on codifying best practices from successful real-world Kubernetes frameworks, and collecting feedback to ensure Knative delivers on its promise of portability and ease of use. By bringing these learnings to Cloud Run, we aim to bring the serverless developer experience to your Kubernetes cluster anywhere. 

Cloud Run, don’t walk, to serverless containers

Here at Google, we believe in the power of serverless and the benefits of containers, and give you the best of both with Cloud Run. We also believe that the tools to enable serverless containers should be built in the open, by the community. Check out our serverless quest to give Cloud Run a try. If you’re already using Cloud Run for Anthos, please upgrade your GKE cluster. It’s your journey—we’re excited to be there alongside you.

A CIO’s guide to cloud success: decouple to shift your business into high gear

They say 80% of success is showing up—but unfortunately for enterprises moving to the cloud, this doesn’t always hold up. 

A recent McKinsey survey, for example, found that despite migrating to the cloud, many enterprises are nonetheless “falling short of their IT agility expectations.” Because CTOs and CIOs are struggling to increase IT agility, many organizations are unable to achieve their larger business goals. McKinsey notes that 95% of CIOs indicated that the majority of the C-Suite’s overall goals depend on them.

The disconnect between moving to the cloud and successful digital transformation can be traced back to the way most organizations adopt cloud:renting pooled resources from cloud vendors or investing in SaaS subscriptions. By adopting cloud in this cookie-cutter way, an enterprise basically keeps doing what it’s always done—perhaps just a little faster and a little more efficiently. 

But we’re entering a new age. Cloud services are increasingly about intelligence, automation, and velocity—not just the economies of scale offered by big providers renting out their infrastructure. As McKinsey notes, enterprises sometimes stumble because they use the cloud for scale, but do not take advantage of the agility and velocity benefits it provides. 

At its core, achieving velocity and agility isn’t about where an application is hosted so much as how fast, freely, and efficiently enterprises can launch and adjust strategies, whether creating ways to interact with customers on new technology platforms, quickly adding requested features to apps or monetizing data. This in turn relies on decoupling the dependencies between different systems and minimizing the amount of manual coordination that enterprise IT typically has to perform. The result is more loosely-coupled distributed systems that are far better equipped for today’s dynamic technology landscape. 

This concept of decoupling, and how it can accelerate business results, drives much of what we do at Google—and it has strongly informed how we built Anthos, our open source-based multi-cloud platform that lets enterprises run apps anywhere, but also achieve the elusive IT agility and velocity that enterprises crave.

Decoupling = agility: shift your development into high gear

Migrating to the cloud does not, by default, transform an enterprise because digital transformation isn’t about the cloud itself. Rather, it’s about changing the way software is built and the consequent explosion in new business strategies that software can support—from selling products via voice assistants, to exposing proprietary data and functionality to partners at scale, to automating IT administration and security operations that used to require manual oversight. 

Specifically, modern software development eschews ‘monolithic’ application architectures whose design makes it difficult to update or reuse functionality without impacting the entire application. Instead, developers increasingly build applications by assembling small, reusable, independently deployable microservices

This shift not only makes software easier to reuse, combine, and modify (which can help an enterprise to be more responsive to changing business needs), but also lets developers work in small parallel teams rather than large groups (which helps them to create and deploy applications much faster. What’s more, microservices exposed as APIs can help developers leverage resources from a range of providers spread across many different clouds, giving them the tools to create richer applications and connected experiences. 

These decouplings of services from an application and developers from one another is often done via containers. By abstracting applications and libraries from the underlying operating system and hardware, containers make it easier for one team of developers to focus on its work without worrying about what any of the teams with which they’re collaborating are doing. 

Containers also represent another important form of decoupling that can dramatically change the relationship among an IT department, severs, and maintenance. Thanks to containers, for example, many applications can reside on the same server without impacting one another, which reduces the need for application-specific hardware deployments. Containers can also be ported from one machine to another, opening opportunities for developers to create applications on-premises and scale them via the cloud, or to move applications from one cloud to another based on changing needs. This abstraction from the hardware they run on is one reason containers are often referred to as “cloud-native.” 

This overview only scratches the surface, but the point is, by decoupling functionality and creating new architectures built around loosely-coupled distributed systems, enterprises can empower their developers to work faster in smaller, parallel teams and unlock the IT agility through which modern, software-driven business strategies are executed.  

But doesn’t decoupling increase complexity?

Containers and distributed systems offer many advantages, but adoption isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. 

Decomposing fat applications into hundreds of smaller services can increase an enterprise’s agility, but orchestrating all those services can be tremendously complicated, as can authenticating their users and protecting against threats. When millions of microservices are communicating with one another, it becomes literally impossible to put a human being in the middle of those processes, requiring automated solutions. Many enterprises consequently struggle with not only governance across these distributed environments, but also identifying the right solutions to put in place. 

Moreover, not everything within a large enterprise will evolve at the same pace. Running containers in the cloud can help an enterprise focus on building great applications while handing off infrastructure management to a vendor. In fact, teams in almost every large enterprise are already operating this way—but other teams accustomed to legacy approaches may require a more incremental transition. 

Additionally, enterprises may have a variety of reasons, whether strategic or regulatory, for keeping data on-prem—but they may still want ways to apply cloud-based analytics and machine learning services to that data and otherwise merge the cloud with their on-prem assets. Assembling the orchestration, management, and monitoring solutions for such deployments has historically been difficult. 

Another significant challenge is that though containers are intrinsically portable, the various public clouds provide different platforms, which can make moving containers—let alone giving developers and administrators consistent experiences—quite difficult. Many open-source options are not the panacea they once seemed because the open-source version of a solution and the managed deployment sold by a cloud provider may be meaningfully different. These challenges can be particularly vexing because enterprises want the flexibility to change cloud vendors, utilize multiple clouds, and otherwise avoid lock-in.   

Helping enterprises to enjoy the benefits of distributed systems while avoiding these challenges shaped our development of Anthos. 

Anthos: Agility minus the complexity 

Google runs multiple web services with billions of users and is an enormously complex organization whose IT systems connect tens of thousands of employees, contractors, and partners. No surprise then that we’ve spent a lot of time solving the puzzle of distributed systems and their dynamic, loosely-coupled components. For example, we open-sourced Kubernetes, the de facto standard for container orchestration, and Istio, a leading service mesh for managing microservices—and both are major components in Anthos and both are based on internal best practices. 

Istio, provides systematic centralized management for microservices and enables what is arguably the most important form of decoupling: policies from services. Developers supported by Istio are free to write code without encoding policies into their microservices, allowing administrators to change policies in a controlled rollout without redeploying individual services. This automates away the expensive, time-consuming coordination and bureaucracy traditionally required for IT governance and helps accelerate developer velocity. 

Recognizing that enterprises demand choice and openness, Anthos launched with hybrid support and will soon include multi-cloud functionality as well, with all options offering simplified management via single-pane-of-glass views, policy-driven controls, and a consistent experience across all environments, whether on Google Cloud Platform, in a corporate data center with Anthos deployed on VMware, or, after our coming update, in a third-party cloud such as Azure or AWS. Because Anthos is software-based, on-prem deployments don’t require stack refreshes, letting enterprises utilize existing hardware investments, ensuring developers and administrators have a consistent experience, regardless of where workloads are located or whose hardware they run on. 

We’re already seeing fantastic momentum with customers using Anthos. For example, KeyBank, a superregional bank that’s been in business for almost 200 years, is adopting Anthos after using containers and Kubernetes for several years for customer-facing applications. 

“The speed of innovation and competitive advantage of a container-based approach is unlike any technology we’ve used before,” said Keybank’s CTO Keith Silvestri and Director of DevOps Practices Chris McFee in a recent blog post, adding that the technologies also helped the bank spin up infrastructure on demand when traffic spiked, such as during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. 

KeyBank chose Anthos to bring this agility and “burstability” to the rest of its IT operations, including internal-facing applications, while staying as close as possible to the open-source version of Kubernetes. “We deploy Anthos locally on our familiar and high-performance Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure,” Silvestri and McFee noted. “We manage the containerized workloads as if they’re all running in GCP, from the single source of truth, our GCP console.” 

Anthos includes much more—such as Migrate for Anthos to auto-migrate virtual machines into containers in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and an ecosystem of more than 40 hardware and software partners. But as the preceding attests, at the highest level, the platform helps enterprises to balance developer agility, operational efficiency, and platform governance by facilitating the decoupling central to successful digital transformation:

  • Infrastructure is decoupled from the applications
  • Teams are decoupled from one another
  • Development is decoupled from operations 
  • Security is decoupled from development and operations

Successful decoupling minimizes the need for manual coordination, cuts costs, reduces complexity, and significantly increases developer velocity, operational efficiency, and business productivity. Decoupling delivers a framework, implementation, and operating model to ensure consistency across an open, hybrid, and multi-cloud future—a future Anthos has been built to serve.

Check out McKinsey’s report “Unlocking Business Acceleration in a Hybrid Cloud World” for more about how hybrid technologies can accelerate digital transformation, and tune in to our “Cloud OnAir with Anthos” session to learn even more about how Anthos is helping enterprises digitally transform—including special appearances by KeyBank and OpenText!

Anthos simplifies application modernization with managed service mesh and serverless for your hybrid cloud

For decades, organizations built and ran applications in their own on-premises data centers. Then, they started deploying and running applications in the cloud. But, for most enterprises, the thought of moving all-in to the cloud was too daunting. They worried they would need different developers and tools for each environment, and that they wouldn’t have a consistent management interface to ensure the environments were compliant with their security policies. To address these challenges, we introducedAnthos, a services platform that brings applications into the 21st century, with the flexibility to run in any environment—whether it’s cloud-native or based on virtual machines. 

Today, we’re announcing new Anthos capabilities to further simplify your application modernization journey: 

  • Anthos Service Mesh, which connects, manages, and secures microservices
  • Cloud Run for Anthos, which enables you to easily run stateless workloads on a fully managed Anthos environment

In addition, Anthos Config Management now includes capabilities to help your teams automate and enforce org-specific policies. Binary Authorization, meanwhile, helps to ensure that  only validated, verified images are integrated into your managed build-and-release process..

Tame microservices with Anthos Service Mesh

Increasingly, many organizations consider microservices architectures to be an essential way to modernize their applications. But moving from monolithic applications to large numbers of microservices increases operational complexity. To address this, you can use a service mesh—an abstraction layer that provides a uniform way to connect, secure, monitor, and manage microservices. A service mesh uses high-performance and lightweight proxies to bring security, resiliency, and visibility to service communications, freeing your developers to do what they do best: build great applications. A service mesh helps you manage the lifecycle and policies for this intelligent data plane and gives you secure and easy-to-manage microservices-based applications. 

As a managed offering, Anthos Service Mesh in Beta makes it easy to add this abstraction layer to your environment. Built on Istio open APIs, it lets you easily manage and secure inter-service traffic  with a unified administrative interface, and provides uniform traffic controls that span them both. In addition, Anthos Service Mesh gives you deep visibility into your application traffic, thereby improving your development experience and making it easier to troubleshoot these complex environments.

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Deep visibility helps keep your applications running smoothly.

Serverless flexibility and velocity across on-prem and cloud

Serverless computing provides you with a number of benefits: the ability to run workloads without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure, to execute code only when needed, to autoscale from zero to n depending on traffic, all wrapped around a simple developer experience. 

Today, we are excited to bring this experience to Anthos through Cloud Run for Anthos, now in beta. Based on Knative, an open API and runtime environment, Cloud Run for Anthos enables you to be more agile by letting you write code like you always do—without having to learn advanced Kubernetes concepts. It enforces best practices and provides deep integration with Anthos by offering advanced networking support, and enabling cloud accelerators, which means your workloads can all run in the same cluster. Cloud Run for Anthos delivers portability with consistency, so you can flexibly run your workloads on Google Cloud or on-premises – all with the same consistent experience. It helps you adopt cloud on your own terms by letting you adopt serverless wherever you are – even on-premises. 

Modernize application security to increase organizational agility

In addition to simplifying the development and operations of modern applications, Anthos includes guardrails that provide security by default. Enterprises can automate their security operations by enforcing consistent policy across environments, isolating workloads with different risk profiles, and deploying only trusted workloads.

With Anthos Service Mesh, you have uniform policies for enforcing service aware network security including encryption in transit, mutual authentication and powerful access controls. This allows your IT teams to implement zero trust security that moves across environments with your application without making application code changes, allowing you to focus on delivering critical business functions faster.

Binary Authorization helps you build defined security checks into the development process earlier, making sure you deploy only trusted workloads in your environments. By ensuring workloads are assessed and validated before they are deployed, enterprises can have the confidence that these workloads can be trusted.

Finally, using the new Policy Controller and Config Connector features of Anthos Config Management, you can enforce consistent security policies and controls continuously across your cloud environments, including Google Cloud, on-prem and other clouds. 

Learn more about how Anthos helps organizations modernize their approach to application security in our Anthos Security white paper.

Expanding the Anthos partner ecosystem

Anthos launched with more than 30 hardware, software and system integration partners ready to help customers adopt Anthos right out of the gate. Today, that number stands at more than 40, and partners report exceptional momentum for the platform. 

Atos, Cognizant, Deloitte, HCL, Infosys, TCS, and Wipro are some of the global systems integrators who are helping deliver Anthos to their clients, and they are doubling down on their efforts. 

“Deloitte has been working with Google long before the formal announcement of Anthos at Google Cloud Next in April,  said Tim O’Connor, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Since then we’ve supercharged our investments and have been extending existing Anthos assets and building teams to bring this powerful and game-changing technology to the marketplace,” through a dedicated group of practitioners focused on hybrid enablement through Anthos.

A complete platform for modernizing organizations

With its comprehensive capabilities for container management, service mesh, security, monitoring and logging, as well as developer productivity, Anthos helps your entire organization benefit from  application modernization. For developers, Anthos simplifies application deployment with access to services like GCP Marketplace and Cloud Run. Operations teams benefit from improved resource utilization and reuse, and visibility into all available services—all from a single management plane. Meanwhile, Anthos lets security professionals roll out consistent policies across their deployments, encrypt sensitive traffic, and ensure that only trusted binaries are running in the environment. All the while, Anthos puts your organization on the path to the cloud, in the configuration and at the pace that works for you. 

For a technical deep dive into service mesh, download our new ebook, The Service Mesh Era: Architecting, Securing and Managing Microservices with Istio. And to understand how Anthos can take your cloud environment to the next level, check out A CIO’s guide to cloud success: decouple to shift your business into high gear.