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Live from GCN 2019: Google's take on hybrid and multi-cloud models

Part of the Architecting the Cloud podcast series

Hybrid clouds are the solution when companies don't want to—or can't—commit to going cloud native. The right strategy is a key enabler but there are typically tradeoffs that must be made. Google's latest product, Anthos, a platform to enable easier evolution to a hybrid, multi-cloud environment could just be the game changer many companies are looking for.

Evolving to hybrid and/or multi-cloud with Anthos, Google's latest Cloud Services Platform

Many organizations aren't ready to migrate all their applications to the cloud. Enter the hybrid cloud model. It enables companies to take advantage of the cloud while maintaining some of their existing systems on-premise. However, although hybrid clouds make sense for many organizations, some flexibility and scalability might be lost. In this episode, Mike Kavis and guests, Deloitte's Anuj Mallick and Eric Procopio and Google's Dustin Kirkland, discuss Google's announcement of Anthos—an extension of its Cloud Services Platform that enables a new path to hybrid multi-cloud environments—and how this product has the potential to be a game changer. They explore use cases for deploying multi-cloud and hybrid models, and the tradeoffs companies may have to make among multi-cloud, hybrid, and cloud-native architectures.

That’s some of the magic of Anthos, in particular Istio…being able to connect micro services running in multiple clusters and multiple clouds…taking advantage of data locality, minimizing latency…but that’s all part of the approach we’ve taken with Anthos…ensuring that things can connect where they are.

Anuj Mallick is a leader in Cloud and Analytics in Deloitte’s Banking and Capital Markets practice. Anuj focuses on global markets, global transaction services, and recovery and resolution planning. He seeks out scalable data driven solutions to solve the customer’s business challenges in areas such as customer 360, regulatory reporting, and fraud detection. He has recently been working with Google on building next generation solutions with ML and AI for the Banking and Capital Markets sectors. Anuj has over 15 years of management consulting experience and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from George Washington University.

Eric is a subject matter advisor in the Cloud service line with over six years of experience designing, and implementing technology-enabled solutions. He focuses on emerging software delivery methodologies and enabling toolsets including Lean, Agile, DevOps, Cloud, and PaaS. He has advised multiple Agile and DevOps transformation initiatives in addition to functional experience in SDLC activities such as business process design and requirements elicitation, and serving in technical roles such as architecture design and application implementation. He is the Lead Architect for Deloitte’s CI/CD PaaS Lab.

Dustin is a Product Manager at Google leading one of Google Cloud's key product initiatives, bringing Kubernetes into Enterprise data centers and Edge computing environments with the GKE On-Prem product and related technologies. He works among Google executives and engineers, and communicates directly with customers on a daily basis. Previously, he helped integrate the Velostrata acquisition into Google Cloud's product portfolio, and he is also working closely with Microsoft in bringing Windows Containers to Kubernetes."

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The business of hybrid and multi-cloud cloud computing

There’s a rush to move to hybrid and multi-cloud computing, but you should be able to articulate the business benefits before making the move. It’s critical to understand what problems you’ll be solving. It’s also essential to make a strong business case that the organization will be more innovative and agile as a result of the move.

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Understanding Cloud Platforms

It's essential that platforms for hybrid and multicloud be native to the cloud platforms they are supporting. So companies typically choose platform as a service (PaaS) from their infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider. However, there is no reason that you can’t mix and match PaaS and IaaS players if requirements demand it. It may add to the complexity, but it might also be worth it.

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