Anthos platform, formerly known as Google Cloud Services, is a Kubernetes-powered service for building and managing hybrid applications, which is now available on Google Cloud with GKE, adding to the Kubernetes infrastructure.
While the erstwhile Google Cloud Services Platform uses Kubernetes to manage hybrid applications on-premises or on the cloud, Anthos takes things a step further making it possible to manage workloads even on third-party clouds, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.
Anthos will avail IT administrators a more consistent framework for development, management and control of resources, with tasks automated across on-premise and Google Cloud infrastructure.
Besides Kubernetes, Anthos also incorporates Istio, an open source service that reduces the complexity of cloud deployments, and a Kubernetes platform for serverless workloads, known as Knative.
Anthos boasts of features such as ability of applications to run anywhere, including Google Cloud, and other third-party clouds or even the user’s data center, where Anthos can run on existing hardware with no need for forced stack refresh. Additionally, APIs are made available for users to work with at their own pace.
Google also introduced Anthos Migrate, a beta version of the platform as part of the roll out, in order to help automigrate virtual machines from other clouds or on-premises to containers in the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). The migration to Anthos will require a GKE Cluster On-Premise and running new cloud-native apps, or migrating existing applications into a cluster, which can handles such tasks as OS patching and VM maintenance.