Google's cloud-wrangling Anthos completes bridge to Amazon Web Services, Azure waits in the wings

Meanwhile, Chocolate Factory to donate its Istio toolkit to vendor-neutral open-source foundation

Google's cloud-sitting service Anthos now officially interoperates with AWS, and Azure support is almost there.

Jennifer Lin, VP of product management at the Chocolate Factory, broke the news in a blog post, declaring that Google Cloud customers can use Anthos to manage operations at on-premises data centers, Google Cloud, and Amazon Web Services, with Microsoft Azure in preview mode.

Anthos, which debuted a year ago, is an application management platform that provides a way to oversee managed Kubernetes clusters in corporate data centers or in public cloud services. It covers not only infrastructure management but also clusters and services , as well as policy enforcement, application deployment, and application development.

The theoretical appeal of such a beast is that companies can avoid being locked into a single cloud vendor while mitigating risk through diversity. Whether the Anthos interface and configuration data can be shifted elsewhere is another matter.

Lin also said that Anthos has improved support for virtual machines. Specifically, Anthos Config Management now supports programmed policy management for VMs on Google Cloud similar to the capabilities offered for governing software containers.

Cloud love

Google and Cisco, sitting in a (spanning) tree, cloud N-E-T-W-O-R-K-I-N-G


And in the next few months, Anthos Service Mesh will add support for running applications in VMs, making these manageable alongside other workloads in whichever cloud or on-premises data center they're running.

Anthos could become a bit more affordable later this year too, since customers will be able to run it without a third-party hypervisor. Lin said that will deliver "even better performance, further reducing costs and eliminating the management overhead of yet another vendor relationship."

Making this more intriguing is a report that Google has decided to donate its open-source Istio, software for managing microservices that's used in Anthos, to an as-yet-unnamed vendor-neutral open source foundation after all.

The Chocolate Factory developed Istio and last year indicated it would keep control of the project, along with Knative, a move that didn't sit well with technical types at other cloud vendors. Had it not committed to handing Istio off, competing cloud vendors would have more incentive to deploy competing service mesh software like Linkerd or Consul.

That just leaves the fate of Knative, a Kubernetes platform for serverless workloads, up in the air. Google declined to comment. ®

Other stories you might like

  • Google: How we tackled this iPhone, Android spyware
    Watching people's every move and collecting their info – not on our watch, says web ads giant

    Spyware developed by Italian firm RCS Labs was used to target cellphones in Italy and Kazakhstan — in some cases with an assist from the victims' cellular network providers, according to Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG).

    RCS Labs customers include law-enforcement agencies worldwide, according to the vendor's website. It's one of more than 30 outfits Google researchers are tracking that sell exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed groups. And we're told this particular spyware runs on both iOS and Android phones.

    We understand this particular campaign of espionage involving RCS's spyware was documented last week by Lookout, which dubbed the toolkit "Hermit." We're told it is potentially capable of spying on the victims' chat apps, camera and microphone, contacts book and calendars, browser, and clipboard, and beam that info back to base. It's said that Italian authorities have used this tool in tackling corruption cases, and the Kazakh government has had its hands on it, too.

    Continue reading
  • W3C overrules objections by Google, Mozilla to decentralized identifier spec
    Oh no, he DIDn't

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has rejected Google's and Mozilla's objections to the Decentralized Identifiers (DID) proposal, clearing the way for the DID specification to be published a W3C Recommendation next month.

    The two tech companies worry that the open-ended nature of the spec will promote chaos through a namespace land rush that encourages a proliferation of non-interoperable method specifications. They also have concerns about the ethics of relying on proof-of-work blockchains to handle DIDs.

    The DID specification describes a way to deploy a globally unique identifier without a centralized authority (eg, Apple for Sign in with Apple) as a verifying entity.

    Continue reading
  • I was fired for blowing the whistle on cult's status in Google unit, says contractor
    The internet giant, a doomsday religious sect, and a lawsuit in Silicon Valley

    A former Google video producer has sued the internet giant alleging he was unfairly fired for blowing the whistle on a religious sect that had all but taken over his business unit. 

    The lawsuit demands a jury trial and financial restitution for "religious discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation and related causes of action." It alleges Peter Lubbers, director of the Google Developer Studio (GDS) film group in which 34-year-old plaintiff Kevin Lloyd worked, is not only a member of The Fellowship of Friends, the exec was influential in growing the studio into a team that, in essence, funneled money back to the fellowship.

    In his complaint [PDF], filed in a California Superior Court in Silicon Valley, Lloyd lays down a case that he was fired for expressing concerns over the fellowship's influence at Google, specifically in the GDS. When these concerns were reported to a manager, Lloyd was told to drop the issue or risk losing his job, it is claimed. 

    Continue reading
  • Brave Search leaves beta, offers Goggles for filtering, personalizing results
    Freedom or echo chamber?

    Brave Software, maker of a privacy-oriented browser, on Wednesday said its surging search service has exited beta testing while its Goggles search personalization system has entered beta testing.

    Brave Search, which debuted a year ago, has received 2.5 billion search queries since then, apparently, and based on current monthly totals is expected to handle twice as many over the next year. The search service is available in the Brave browser and in other browsers by visiting

    "Since launching one year ago, Brave Search has prioritized independence and innovation in order to give users the privacy they deserve," wrote Josep Pujol, chief of search at Brave. "The web is changing, and our incredible growth shows that there is demand for a new player that puts users first."

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022