by Donna Goodison

Google Cloud, which continues to boost the capabilities of its hybrid and multi-cloud Anthos platform, soon will announce the general availability of Anthos on AWS, according to the No. 3 cloud provider.

Google Cloud planned to herald the development at its Next '20: Digital Connect event that was set to start online today before being postponed amid the deadly coronavirus crisis. It did not provide guidance on the new timing for the announcement.

Google Cloud also told CRN it plans to disclose that Anthos on Microsoft Azure now is being tested with customers and Anthos support for virtual machines (VMs) is in early preview with customers. The latter will enable organizations to "bring policy and automation for both containerized and VM-based workloads -- no matter where they are in their modernization journey -- through Anthos," Google Cloud told CRN.

The progress on Anthos is a big step forward in Google Cloud delivering on its vision for the platform, said Mark Brose, vice president of engineering at Agosto, a Minneapolis Google Cloud Premier Partner and cloud services and development company.

"From Agosto's perspective, as the market continues to grow for application modernization, this hybrid cloud approach will give enterprises the flexibility to deploy and run advanced applications wherever they need to, without the need for development teams to learn or adjust to the nuances of each environment," Brose said. "Many of our customers are already leveraging AWS and Azure in addition to GCP (Google Cloud Platform), and this will enable these businesses to streamline their application management across those platforms."

As for the VM support, Brose said it provides an "initial stepping stone for workloads that aren't yet on the modernization roadmap."

Having a "consistent" Google Kubernetes Engine on multiple clouds, along with the capacity for "one source of truth for configuration across all k8s (Kubernetes) clusters, should reduce or eliminate barriers to deploying a common platform at whichever level is most appropriate for the customers' business, be that in a single data center, multiple clouds or a fully hybridized environment," said Michael Madison, a Google Cloud Certified Fellow and cloud platform architect at World Wide Technology, a St. Louis-based Anthos service partner that's No. 8 on the CRN SP500.

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