Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Fulfilling the promise made earlier this year as part of a larger strategic collaboration, Intel and Google released the new Intel® Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos optimized for 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Hybrid cloud is an essential part of most modern business infrastructure as organizations balance performance, TCO, legacy applications, security and compliance. Hybrid cloud remains the deployment of choice for enterprises with over 80% of organizations reporting that they currently have plans in place for deployment.

“Multicloud and hybrid approaches are the reality for many customers today and with Anthos, we’re committed to providing customers with the best platform on which to run their workloads,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud “Our partnership with Intel gives customers trusted, validated solutions on Anthos as they move to a hybrid environment.”

Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos will soon be available from Lenovo, Quanta Cloud Technology, SHI, and World Wide Technology.

Simplified Deployment and Management

Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos can simplify an organization’s move to a hybrid or multi-cloud solution by offering pre-tested, validated solutions that use existing VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN environment.

Anthos is comprised of a Google Cloud-managed software stack powered by industry-leading application-modernization technologies. The reference design is optimized for Intel architecture, and helps transform IT operations and more easily build applications on premises and in the cloud. Anthos works with new or existing VMware environments, simplifying deployment and management, along with streamlining installs and upgrades validated by Google Cloud.

Organizations looking to benefit from Kubernetes and cloud technology will benefit from a pre-verified solution that includes Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) On-Prem on VMware vSphere using the VMware ESXi. By utilizing the VMware vSAN hyperconverged infrastructure, enterprises can lower their TCO, compared to converged solutions.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Sales of hyperconverged systems grew 57.2% year over year in 2018, according to IDC, and remain the primary driver of market growth. VMware vSAN offers organizations high availability, improved security and performance, and it seamlessly integrates with VMware vSphere as a native hyperconverged infrastructure solution for business-critical apps, consolidated virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), mixed-workload infrastructures, and more.

The solutions can also support remote storage as an alternative to a hyperconverged infrastructure deployment. And for easier management, Google Cloud Console gives you a single pane of glass view for managing clusters across on-premises and cloud environments.

Strategic Collaboration

Google Cloud and Intel have a long-standing strategic partnership. Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos is the culmination of a years-long collaboration. Google Cloud was first to offer Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory to its customers last October and announced three new virtual machine (VM) instances based on the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors earlier this year.

Advanced Intel Technologies

Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos eliminate costly downtimes and upgrades by using the latest advancements in Intel technologies to provide faster VM reboots, persistent memory, and predictable performance. Enterprises can now create and manage modern hybrid applications one time using Kubernetes optimized for Intel architecture and run them anywhere—whether across public clouds or on-premises.

Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos include two configurations: a Base configuration that specifies the minimum required performance and capabilities and a Plus configuration to achieve higher performance. Customers can upgrade or expand on either of these configurations for additional capacity or performance.

For more information, listen to Google’s Paul Mason on a recent episode of Intel's Chip Chat podcast. To begin preparation for your organization’s cloud environment, contact your Intel or Google account representative and learn more at intel.com/cloud.