Google unveils software-based open platform 'Anthos'

Daniel Fowler
April 13, 2019

Keeping in line with his technological direction and staying true to Google's commitment to open source, Kurian announced Anthos, formerly known as Cloud Services Platform which is basically an open-source enterprise product. The move appears created to position Google in a more favorable light relative to Amazon, which has taken a more heavy-handed approach with the open source backers.

Anthos is based on Kubernetes, the open-source container-orchestration project originally developed at Google to manage complicated cloud deployments. Google said the product came in reaction to customer demand, and enterprises will have a single dashboard to manage their applications and will get a single bill.

Over 30,000 people gathered at the Moscone Center on Tuesday to attend the three-day Google Cloud NEXT '19 conference in San Francisco, California, the United States, slated to run until April 11.

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The acquisition of Cirruseo is an important step forward for the company's growth strategy in France as it brings an expert team of Google Cloud specialists to Accenture.

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The first priority area of focus is to help clients enable multi-channel customer interactions and improve access to self-service and issue resolution capabilities, while decreasing the cost to service each customer.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, the successor to Diane Greene (co-founder of VMWare) was roped in a year ago to catch up with industry rivals like AWS and Microsoft Azure who now enjoy market leadership. "South Korea is a leader in telecommunication and information technology, and world-famous in the gaming industry" said Brad Calder, vice president of engineering and technical infrastructure at Google, adding that the Seoul region "will help better serve both local customers looking to expand globally and multinational customers doing business in South Korea". Google Cloud will provide solutions to power Australia Post's enterprise data analytics platform. A fairly distant third place in terms of market share with some serious overhanging concerns regarding trust and privacy. But clearly, they will be benefiting financially from the arrangement in some form.

Born out of the partnership between Google and Robin.io that entails engineering to engineering collaboration to design standardized APIs for running data-centric workloads in Google Kubernetes Engine, ROBIN Storage is the preferred storage for enterprise workloads on GKE. A recent analyst report indicates that as compared to its rivals, Google lacks an aggressive M&A activity (let's not forget IBM recently acquired RedHat).

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