6 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Anthos With AWS

By Miles Ward | SADA CTO

In the race to deliver the best customer experiences, companies must build and modernize applications faster and more efficiently than ever before. Enterprises need consistent ways to develop, secure, and manage apps at scale across their growing hybrid cloud environments, but management of these environments is incredibly challenging and complex. With the introduction of Anthos last year, Google Cloud is addressing these challenges. Anthos, an application modernization platform for hybrid cloud environments, offers a packaged and integrated set of cloud-native tools and services, based on leading open-source technologies. 

At SADA, the number one thing we’ve heard from our customers around the promise and potential of Anthos is that they want to run Anthos on AWS. Today, with the announcement that Anthos GKE on AWS is now generally available, Google’s original Anthos initiative—to enable a universal intercloud platform—is one step closer to a reality. Google has a long history of commitment to an open cloud. Anthos has taken that commitment even further by allowing organizations to use Anthos to run and manage workloads not only on GCP but on AWS as well as Azure. 

With Anthos, organizations finally have the freedom to run workloads in GCP, AWS, or on-premises and manage their entire distributed environment using a centralized dashboard. Anthos was designed for the real world, in which hybrid clouds will be around for the foreseeable future, and the overwhelming majority of organizations are using multi-cloud environments today. 

Here are six reasons why your enterprise should use Anthos to manage your AWS environment:

1. Unlock Active-Active Hybrid / Multi-Cloud Architectures 

Business-critical workloads, where every millisecond of downtime counts, depend on redundant systems to ensure fault tolerance. First, you improve availability by running on more than one computer, then in more than one zone, then more than one region, but the next step, more than one cloud, requires a huge increase in complexity due to the incompatibility in their tooling and inconsistent APIs… or at least it used to. With Anthos for AWS, now you can interact with AWS in the same way you interact with Google Cloud’s GKE, reducing ops complexity, cost, and risk. Managing two clouds as easily as you do one unlocks the next step in business continuity for  simple, efficient distribution of work.

2. Deliver Your Software Where Your Customers Are

Modern applications aren’t static, they’re dynamic, interconnected, active systems, and often they depend on other applications and services to deliver value. If you’re a SaaS provider, being able to land your application in the same datacenter as other applications your customers are using can make all the difference. If you’re already deployed on Google Cloud and GKE, or if you want to because of its numerous advantages, but still have customers you’re interconnected to in AWS, running Anthos for AWS can close the gap. Why give up the simplicity of a single platform? Instead, just extend that platform to AWS or to your customers’ data centers to deliver a seamless product experience, and a pain-free ops experience while you’re at it. 

3. Easily Manage Hybrid Workloads and Modernize in Place

Most large enterprises have a vast library of on-premises “legendary” applications that cannot realistically be rewritten. Others are subject to regulatory and industry compliance standards that mandate running certain workloads on-premises. 

Anthos makes it easy for companies to modernize in place and continue to run workloads on-premises while still taking advantage of Kubernetes and cloud-native constructs. A cornerstone of Anthos, GKE, allows organizations to containerize these legacy, or legendary, applications. GKE delivers conformant Kubernetes, so workloads are entirely portable both across clouds and on-premises. And because Anthos is a 100% software-based solution, it runs on your existing hardware, saving your organization money and helping you avoid vendor lock-in.  If and when you’re ready to move to the cloud, whether it’s to GCP, AWS, or another public cloud, Anthos helps make that migration seamless.

4. Simplify Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Cybersecurity & Compliance

Hybrid and multi-cloud environments pose significant challenges to cybersecurity and IT compliance. Traditionally, security personnel have faced a lack of visibility across the entire ecosystem and inconsistent, complex security controls.

Anthos Config Management gives security personnel a centralized dashboard from which to create a consistent development environment that provides security by default across all Kubernetes clusters, regardless of where they are in the hybrid or multi-cloud ecosystem. Security and compliance policies are enforced across clusters and stored in a central Git-compliant repository, which also acts as a single source of truth for compliance audits.

5. Simplify Your IT Operations

Google’s end game for Anthos is simplification: simplify hybrid and multi-cloud environments, simplify development, simplify cybersecurity and compliance, simplify enterprise IT. When your IT personnel are bogged down in maintenance and support tasks, your IT department is a cost center. When they are freed from those tasks, they can focus on projects that further your organization’s goals, transforming your IT department into a business driver.

6. Low-Risk, Uncomplicated Deployments With SADA

SADA is attached to the vision that the interfaces Anthos provides will give ISPs and companies building software a lower barrier to entry for flexible, run-everywhere deployment. As it turns out, this scenario is much simpler than you’d expect. In the case of Anthos on AWS, the engineers and product managers have done a phenomenal job of creating a remarkably easy-to-operate product. Thanks to flexibility and great design work, deployments are uncomplicated from Anthos to AWS— especially for us here at SADA.

To make things even easier, we’ve developed offers that take into account that many customers are concerned about timelines, costs, and the risks associated with a migration. SADA’s Anthos First-Step Offer and Anthos Flat-Rate Offer include the new Anthos on AWS. SADA has been working closely with the Anthos team from the very beginning, participating in internal training and onboarding, and we are uniquely positioned to help customers who want the same. Contact us to learn how we can help.

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