The distributed cloud expands on Google’s cloud computing business as it competes in the public, hybrid, and private cloud sector with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The service targets organizations doing digital transformation with the backing of Google’s “planet-scale infrastructure” based on Anthos running on hardware managed by Google. It should help customers upgrade business applications that need to serve fast apps where their customers need to access data.
Spending on cloud computing was up by 30% this year, in the first quarter of 2021 hitting $41.8 billion, according to analyst firm Canalys. AWS was leading with a 32% share of spending, followed by Microsoft Azure (19%) and Google Cloud (7%).
“Using Google Distributed Cloud, customers can migrate or modernize applications and process data locally with Google Cloud services, including databases, machine learning, data analytics and container management,” Google said in a blogpost.
Google has announced a new ‘distributed cloud’ hardware and software solution that it claims would allow it to expand its cloud architecture into customers’ data centres and out to the network’s edge.
Google’s distributed cloud products are built on its Anthos system, which is meant to simplify the management of hardware and virtual machines in Google Cloud, on-premise hardware, virtual machines in rival clouds, and edge devices where machine learning takes place.
Google’s cloud business is coming from a smaller base but it is growing fast, bringing in $4.63 billion in sales for the second quarter of 2021. It grew 53% year on year, helping halve the unit’s operating losses from $1.43 billion to $591 million.
The Google Distributed Cloud Edge is a managed service that brings Google Cloud’s infrastructure and services closer to customers and their customers.
It allows customers to run 5G and radio access network functions on edge devices where customers can deploy applications for computer vision, which should help retailers and manufacturers manage inventory and supplies.