Target accelerated adoption of multicloud and hybrid cloud environments
Intel and Google are bringing the chipmaker’s next-generation Xeon processors to Google’s Anthos cloud services platform, the latest step in a partnership between the two tech giants announced in April and aimed at accelerating multicloud and hybrid cloud adoption.
The Lowdown: Anthos is Google’s play in the growing trend of hyperscale cloud service providers looking to establish a presence in enterprises’ on-premises data centers to be part of both sides of the hybrid cloud equation. Anthos, which had grown out of Google’s cloud services platform, includes Google’s Istio microservices platform and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for container management and orchestration.
The Details: The new Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos platform will feature Intel’s 2nd-generation Xeon Scalable “Cascade Lake” processors and are aimed at delivering pre-tested and validated solutions that use VMware technologies.
The Xeon-optimized platform will include GKE On-Prem on VMware’s vSphere running the ESXi hypervisor and using the vSAN hyperconverged infrastructure. The Intel Anthos offering will let enterprises drive down costs and enable them to build Kubernetes-based hybrid applications optimized for Intel’s architecture and run them across public clouds and on-premises environments.
The Intel-based cloud platform will be available as an Intel service on Anthos and will be available soon via Intel’s Select Solutions program. In addition, the Intel-optimized Anthos solution will be available from Lenovo, original-design manufacturer (ODM) Quanta Cloud Technology, and channel players SHI and World Wide Technology.
The Impact: Hybrid cloud is the direction in which the industry is moving, with more than 80% of enterprises saying they have plans in place to deploy such environments. The hyperscale players are firmly established in the public cloud arena and now are offering ways for enterprises to bring their technologies into the on-premises data centers. Amazon Web Services did that with the introduction of its Outposts hardware last year, while Microsoft, with its Azure Stack, and Google, with Anthos, are going with software offerings that can run on third-party systems.
Background: Google Cloud and Intel have had a strategic relationship for several years, with Google last fall being the first cloud provider to offer Intel’s Optane DC persistent memory. In addition, Google Cloud announced three new virtual machine instances based on the latest Xeon Scalable processors earlier this year.
The Buzz: “Multicloud and hybrid approaches are the reality for many customers today, and with Anthos, we’re committed to providing customers with the best platform on which to run their workloads,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, corporate vice president of the global partner ecosystem at Google Cloud. “Our partnership with Intel gives customers trusted, validated solutions on Anthos as they move to a hybrid environment.”