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Cisco, Google reenergize multi-cloud/hybrid cloud nuptials

Cisco, Google reenergize multi-cloud/hybrid cloud nuptials

Cisco, VMware, HPE and others tap into new Google Cloud Athos cloud technology

Cisco and Google have expanded their joint cloud development activities to help customers more easily build secure multicloud and hybrid applications everywhere from on-premises datacenters to public clouds.

Basically Athos offers a single managed service that promises to let customers manage and deploy workloads across clouds, all without having to worry about the dissimilar environments or APIs around them. 

As part of the rollout, Google also announced a beta program called  Anthos Migrate that Google says auto-migrates VMs from on-premises, or other clouds, directly into containers in GKE. “This unique migration technology lets you migrate and modernize your infrastructure in one streamlined motion, without upfront modifications to the original VMs or applications,” Google said.  It gives companies the flexibility to move on-prem apps to a cloud environment at the customers pace, Google said.

Cisco and Google

For its part Cisco announced support of  Anthos promising to tightly integrate with Cisco data center technologies such as Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged package, Application Centric Infrastructure – Cisco’s flagship SDN offering, SD-WAN and Stealthwatch Cloud, offering a consistent, cloud-like experience whether on-prem or in the cloud with automatic upgrades to the latest versions and security patches, Cisco stated.

"Google Cloud’s expertise in containerization and service mesh -- Kubernetes and Istio, respectively -- as well as their leadership in the developer community, combined with Cisco’s enterprise-class networking, compute, storage and security products and services makes for a winning combination for our customers," wrote Kip Compton, Cisco senior vice president, Cloud Platform and Solutions Group. “The Cisco integrations for Anthos will help customers build and manage multicloud and hybrid applications across their on-premises datacenters and public clouds and let them focus on innovation and agility without compromising security or increasing complexity.”

Google Cloud and Cisco

Eyal Manor vice president, engineering at  Google Cloud wrote that with Cisco’s support for Anthos, customers will be able to:

  • Benefit from a fully-managed service, like GKE, and Cisco’s hyperconverged infrastructure, networking, and security technologies.
  • Operate consistently across an enterprise data center and the cloud.
  • Consume cloud services from an enterprise data center.
  • Modernize now on premises with the latest cloud technologies.

Cisco and Google have been working closely together since October 2017 when the companies said they were working on an open hybrid cloud platform that bridges on-premises and cloud environments. That package,  Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud, became generally available in September 2018.  That package lets customer develop enterprise-grade capabilities from Google Cloud managed Kubernetes containers that include  Cisco networking and security technology as well as service mesh monitoring from Istio.

Google says Istio’s open-source, container- and microservice-optimized technology offers developers a uniform way to connect, secure, manage and monitor microservices across clouds through service-to-service level mTLS [Mutual Transport Layer Security] authentication access control. As a result, customers can easily implement new, portable services and centrally configure and manage those services.

Cisco wasn’t the only vendor to announce support for Anthos.  At least 30 other big Google partners such as VMware, Dell EMC, HPE, Intel, and Lenovo  committed to delivering Anthos on their own hyperconverged infrastructure for their customers, Google stated. 


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