Google adds virtual machine support to Anthos • The Register

Google has added support for workloads running on virtual machines to its Anthos Kubernetes hybrid platform.

“While we’ve seen many customers make the leap to containerization, some aren’t quite ready to abandon virtual machines entirely,” wrote Jeff Reed and Chen Goldberg, vice presidents of the modernization platform. Google applications.

“They want a unified development platform where developers can build, modify, and deploy applications that reside in both containers and virtual machines in a common, shared environment,” the couple added.

Enter Anthos for VMs, which can either connect to existing VMware vSphere environments and attach VMs hosted there to the Anthos control plane, or transfer VMs to Anthos using KubeVirt, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation project. which offers an open source virtualization API designed to allow developers to work on applications running as virtual machines or containers.

According to Google, Anthos for VMs “will help platform developers standardize an operating model, process, and tools; enable incremental modernization efforts; and support traditional workloads such as network functions. virtual (VNF) or monolithic stateful workloads “.

This language could probably have been approved in seconds by the VMware marketing team, as Virtzilla has spent the last three years arguing that virtual machines and containers must coexist and need a single control plane to manage. the two abstractions. On the other hand, while Google takes the same reasoning to validate VMware’s stance, Anthos for virtual machines means the virtualization giant has won a more direct competitor.

Google has also added an Anthos Multi-Cloud API which, when launched in Q4 2021, will allow users to “provision and manage GKE clusters running on AWS or Azure infrastructure directly from the line interface of command or from the Google Cloud Console “. A single control plane will drive these GKE clusters, regardless of the cloud on which they reside.

That’s a serious cross-cloud K8 credit.

To help matters, an update to Anthos Service Mesh allows it to support hybrid mesh. This should help run hybrid Anthos platforms spanning on-premises and Google Cloud. ®

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