In his most public appearance since taking over leadership of Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud division, Thomas Kurian on Tuesday announced a product that allows businesses to seamlessly move across multiple public clouds — including competitive cloud services — as well as their own databases.
At a keynote at Google’s Next ‘19 conference in San Francisco, Kurian announced Anthos, an open-source enterprise product that puts hybrid-cloud capabilities in a customer’s data center. It is one of the first major announcements Kurian has made at the helm of Google Cloud since he replaced Diane Greene in mid-November, following his September departure from Oracle Corp.
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Jennifer Lin, director of product management at Google Cloud, said in the keynote presentation that Anthos made it easier for business to improve portability across multiple public clouds and their own on-premise databases without having to modify their code. In a demo, Lin showed that Anthos was managing resources that were in Amazon.com Inc.’s
Amazon Web Services, noting that customers did not have to rewrite their code to run on another cloud service, and that this could provide customers with leverage when negotiating a new cloud contract.
Other public cloud providers include Microsoft Corp.’s
Azure and International Business Machines Corp.’s
IBM Cloud, which said in October it was acquiring Red Hat Inc.
in a play to boost its hybrid-cloud business.
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai also took the stage in Tuesday’s keynote, saying that cloud was one of the largest areas of investment for the company. The enterprise product announcement follows Google’s consumer-facing cloud announcement of its Stadia streaming videogame service back in March, a move expected to give it a leg-up in the gaming world over competitors.
In related news, MongoDB Inc.
shares surged 4% Tuesday after the database company announced a new business partnership with Google Cloud Platform that “will provide deeper product integration, unified billing and an expanded go to market relationship to better serve the needs of customers.”