Google Cloud and Cisco partner for hybrid containers solution
Thu 26 Oct 2017
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Cisco have announced a partnership for a new open hybrid cloud solution for on-premises and GCP.
Google hopes the partnership will improve agility and security for customers, with a solution for creating and managing applications both on-premises and in Google Cloud.
Key to the architecture are open source platforms Kubernetes and Istio. Google states that ‘customers will be able to accelerate on-premises app modernization using a Kubernetes-based container strategy that’s consistent with cloud-native technology.’
For those working on-premises, Cisco’s hyper-converged platform HyperFlex, will give customers a ‘cloud-ready solution’ for containers, with management tools for consumption policies and security, says Google.
Key features include Kubernetes orchestration and lifecycle management, the ability to extend network policy to multiple environments, both cloud and on-premises, and API management from Google’s Apigee, which Cisco states provides ‘enterprise-class API management.’
As well as this, the partnership is ‘developer ready’ – with tools for enterprise and cloud developers to code in hybrid environments available through Cisco’s DevNet Development Centre tool. There will also be technical support provided by both Google and Cisco.
The aim is to provide a ‘consistent Kubernetes environment’ for both Cisco private cloud and Google Container Engine, its managed Kubernetes service. By doing this, customers can write just the once, deploy, and avoid cloud lock-in. Google will also provide a cloud service broker to connect GCP machine learning and scalable database services to on-premises workloads.
Cisco CEO, Chuck Robbins, said: “Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support.
“We share a common vision of a hybrid cloud world that delivers the speed of innovation in an open and secure environment to bring the right solutions to our customers.”
“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud. This is what we hear customers asking for,” commented Diane Greene, Google Cloud CEO.
General availability is expected from the second half of next year.