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Googles managed hybrid cloud platform is now in beta

Last July, at its Cloud Next conference, Google announced the Cloud Services Platform, its first real foray into bringing its own cloud services into the enterprise data center as a managed service. Today, the Cloud Services Platform (CSP) is launching into beta.
Its important to note that the CSP isnt at least for the time being Googles way of bringing all of its cloud-based developer services to the on-premises data center. In other words, this is a very different project from something like Microsofts Azure Stack. Instead, the focus is on the GoogleKubernetes Engine, which allows enterprises to then run their applications in both their own data centers and on virtually any cloud platform that supports containers.
Googles managed hybrid cloud platform is now in beta
As Google Cloud engineering director Chen Goldberg told me, the idea here it to help enterprises innovate and modernize. Clearly, everybody is very excited about cloud computing, on-demand compute and managed services, but customers have recognized that the move is not that easy, she said and noted that the vast majority of enterprises are adopting a hybrid approach. And while containers are obviously still a very new technology, she feels good about this bet on the technology because most enterprises are already adopting containers and Kubernetes and they are doing so at exactly the same time as they are adopting cloud and especially hybrid clouds.
Its important to note that CSP is a managed platform. Google handles all of the heavy lifting like upgrades and security patches. And for enterprises that need an easy way to install some of the most popular applications, the platform also supports Kubernetes applications from the GCP Marketplace.
Googles managed hybrid cloud platform is now in beta

As for the tech itself, Goldberg stressed that this isnt just about Kubernetes. The service also uses Istio, for example, the increasingly popular service mesh that makes it easier for enterprises to secure and control the flow of traffic and API calls between its applications.
With todays release, Google is also launching its new CSP Config Management tool to help users create multi-cluster policies and set up and enforce access controls, resource quotas and more. CSP also integrates with Googles Stackdriver Monitoring service and continuous delivery platforms.
On-prem is not easy, Goldberg said, and given that this is the first time the company is reallysupporting software in a data center that is not its own, thats probably an understatement. But Google also decided that it didnt want to force users into a specific set of hardware specifications like Azure Stack does, for example. Instead, CSP sits on top of VMwares vSphere server virtualization platform, which most enterprises already use in their data centers anyway. That surely simplifies things, given that this is a very well-understood platform.

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