Last month we saw Google get in the game on two fronts with the beta of their on-premises solution and the acquisition of a database migration vendor. Heptio also reemerged as VMware Essential PKS, and I break down the VMware container offerings. Read on for everything you might have missed in February in the world of cloud computing.
It feels like just a few years ago hybrid was a four letter word for the cloud giants. Today all three of the cloud giants have embraced hybrid cloud and are have on-premises offerings in the market. Last month Google announced that Cloud Services Platform (CSP, yes that acronym is highly overused) is now available in beta. CSP essentially allows you to run Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and in the data center, use native GCP tools (i.e., Stackdriver) for monitoring. What jumps out to me as especially interesting here is that Google is skipping over VMs and going straight to containers and serverless with this offering. This is the opposite approach to Amazon, who announced AWS Outposts last year—a fully managed physical appliance that runs in a more traditional server mode (either AWS EC2 or VMC on AWS). This path makes a lot of sense for Google given their strength in Kubernetes, but I have a strong suspicion that without a server-based offering, this solution is too far ahead of the market for the majority of customers.
In late 2018 VMware acquired Heptio, a beloved managed Kubernetes service that offered dedicated support teams, consulting, training, and essentially everything an enterprise needs to be successful with Kubernetes. A few months later, the company reemerged in the form of a new VMware offering: VMware Essential PKS. This offering rounds out a trio of Kubernetes offerings from VMware: VMware Cloud PKS and VMware Enterprise PKS. The difference between Enterprise PKS and Essential PKS is subtle, and comes down to the ecosystem of integrated technologies and included support. Enterprise PKS comes with an existing set of tools for networking, registry, and overall lifecycle management. Essential PKS does not come with these additional management layers and it’s up to the customer to deploy and integrate these themselves. However, it does include professional services to help make this easier. If anyone was questioning VMware’s commitment to Kubernetes, that went by the wayside after the $550M acquisition of Heptio. Now customers have plenty of choices, whether they want fully managed, a pre-integrated distribution, or “roll your own” with support version of Kubernetes.
Last month I commented on the acquisition spree the cloud giants were on in the migration software space. In February, Google was at it again with another acquisition of migration software provider Alooma. Are there even any left? Alooma differs from the other acquired ISVs, who were more oriented towards “lift and shift” type offerings, in that they are focused on databases. A frankly mesmerizing animation on their website shows data flowing out of databases such as Oracle (ahem), SQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch and others, and flowing into native cloud databases like Redshift and more importantly, BigQuery. This reminds me of the time in 2017 when Andy Jassy bragged about how many PB of data they had lifted out of on-prem Oracle databases and migrated to AWS. Everyone wants a piece of that on-prem database pie, and it’s about time Google got in the game.
That wraps up the top cloud computing news in February 2019! Join me next month for the latest and greatest happenings in all things cloud computing.
Last month we saw Google get in the game on two fronts with the beta of their on-premises solution and the acquisition of a database migration vendor. Heptio also reemerged as VMware Essential PKS, and I break down the VMware container offerings. Click here to read more.
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