Google's OpenStack Play Means Greater Container Emphasis - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud // Infrastructure as a Service

Google's OpenStack Play Means Greater Container Emphasis

Google is now a member of OpenStack, which means its container management platform called Kubernetes is going to get more exposure.

9 Spectacular Cloud Computing Fails
9 Spectacular Cloud Computing Fails
(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

Earlier this month, Google announced that it has joined the OpenStack foundation as a corporate member, eager to match its Kubernetes Project container management platform with OpenStack's Magnum multi-tenant "containers-as-a-service" platform.

The move further punctuates Google's ongoing competition with rivals in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market.

Many have sought ways to get virtual machines (VMs) to interact in a standard fashion, but it turns out this is accomplished by using containers instead of cobbling code together for VMs to talk to each other, explained Miles Ward, global head of solutions for the Google Cloud Platform.

"You're building in the public cloud … You need to tie back into private infrastructure," Ward told InformationWeek in an interview.

OpenStack helps here by offering an open source platform to enable users to craft such solutions. Kubernetes provides the piece needed to manage and control containers anywhere, Ward added.

In effect, OpenStack "constructs the right kind of resource for Kubernetes to consume," Ward said. There is not a lot of integration overhead as a result.

Indeed, Google is one of the largest aggregators of data on the planet and must be able to manage itself in order to deliver its services. The toolsets it has crafted for itself have been "externalized" in recent years, now offered as products to developers eager to craft their own cloud solutions. Doing this with Kubernetes through an open source channel like OpenStack means "everyone can run like Google," Ward noted.

(Image: gong hangxu/iStockphoto)

(Image: gong hangxu/iStockphoto)

Despite Google's immense mass, none of its service offerings require downsizing to better suit smaller customers, Ward continued. This sounds counterintuitive, but "with big power and big performance, we are able to sell at a finer grain than other competitors." That means customers will pay to use Google services by the minute, not by the hour, he said.

A product based on the Kubernetes and OpenStack Magnum combination is in the works, but Ward could offer no specific timeline when such a product will hit the market.

"We are already working with customers who have done this on their own," he said.

Google is playing catch-up against Amazon Web Services, which currently has a commanding position in the IaaS marketplace. (Google officials never identify AWS by name, but always refer to "other competitors" in the market.)

While Google has presence among technologists, developers, universities, and some IT-savvy companies, it has not gone fully mainstream yet with its product and service offerings.

[Read about Linux container operating systems.]

"Google does not have as close a relationship with the enterprise as Microsoft or Amazon," said Donna Scott, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Joining up with OpenStack gets Google that entry.

There is a lot of corporate demand for hybrid cloud solutions, where the most important data is kept in-house while more available information resides in a public cloud. But a lot of hybrid is proprietary, Scott explained, and such systems may be managed using proprietary solutions.

Kubernetes can manage the private and public sides of a hybrid cloud, but also presents itself as an open source solution to replace proprietary solutions, Scott added.

William Terdoslavich is an experienced writer with a working understanding of business, information technology, airlines, politics, government, and history, having worked at Mobile Computing & Communications, Computer Reseller News, Tour and Travel News, and Computer Systems ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
PaulM679
50%
50%
PaulM679,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/23/2015 | 1:56:24 AM
Google and VMware
You seem to forget that VMware and Google are already partners and VMware is pretty well established in enterprises. Anzway it is nice to see Google joining OpenStack. 
Commentary
Get Your Enterprise Ready for 5G
Mary E. Shacklett, Mary E. Shacklett,  1/14/2020
Commentary
Modern App Dev: An Enterprise Guide
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  1/5/2020
Slideshows
9 Ways to Improve IT and Operational Efficiencies in 2020
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  1/2/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll