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A Hybrid Approach to Modernization Using Google Anthos

Often times, organizations want to modernize their applications to increase agility and efficiency, jumpstart growth and accelerate time to market.   They are looking to build applications, which adopt new application architectures and cloud-native services without disrupting the business. In many cases, some modernization may already be occurring in pockets throughout the organization, but the complexity of proprietary IT stack, dependencies on legacy applications, and slow speed of migration has inhibited organizations from gaining the desired outcomes.

To achieve your modernization goals while maintaining flexibility to choose where applications reside, Google Cloud created Anthos.  Anthos is a 100% software solution, designed to work where you want – on-premise or in the cloud. It brings the same Google Kubernetes Engine you would find in Google Cloud to your data center, providing the maximum hybrid flexibility for application placement.  By abstracting the infrastructure from the application, Anthos allows your development teams to focus on building applications, not managing infrastructure.

For organizations embarking on their modernization journey or for where adopting Kubernetes seems intimidating, Google has taken this into consideration with Migrate for Anthos. Migrate for Anthos performs the heavy lifting on your existing applications and containerizes applications that benefit from containerization. It automates the extraction of existing applications from servers and VMs into containers, without having to rewrite or re-architect applications, eliminating much of the complexity that  has inhibited your modernization efforts.

Once you embrace and adopting Kubernetes, hybrid application placement becomes easier with Anthos.  Google Anthos provides a unified management experience across deployments, making everything from your binaries and your application configuration to your security policies and rollback processes, portable between on-premises and other public clouds.  As a result, instead of training all your teams on several platforms, you train them once, preserving your existing investments utilizing a common management layer to help your teams deliver quality services with low overhead.

To help you through your modernization journey, 2nd Watch has created Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Google Anthos.  Designed to accelerate your modernization effort by operationalizing your organization on Anthos and implementing Kubernetes quickly, you can progress on your digital transformational journey at the pace that works best for your development teams and accomplishes your organizational goals.

With more than 10-years assisting clients in transitioning from legacy compute to highly agile cloud native teams, our proven methodology is designed to enable you to become a multi-cloud organization with a consolidated view, at a speed that works best for your business.

2nd Watch’s Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Google Anthos includes:

  • Anthos workshop
  • Set-up and configuration of Anthos
  • Migrate for Anthos
  • Istio and configuration management
  • Optimize security, observability, and resiliency
  • Creation of post migration image update process

It’s never been easier for your organization to adopt a multi-cloud application architecture.  Whether you are just starting your transformation or already well into the process of modernizing your applications, Google Anthos allows you to consolidate all your operations across on-premises, Google Cloud, and other clouds, while giving you the flexibility to run and move applications where you need them without added complexity.  Download our datasheet for more details.

-Dusty Simoni, Sr Product Manager, Hybrid Cloud

  1. Assumes <100 workloads. Pricing based on actual time and materials. Google Anthos, infrastructure, and networking are sold separately. Kubernetes training, application modernization or re-architecture, high-availability, and multi-data center implementations are additional. Assumes Migrate for Anthos is utilized and only supported Linux VMs.

Introducing Google Cloud VM Migration

Moving to Google Cloud from on premise or cloud virtual machines is the focus of many enterprise companies, while also optimizing your workloads for performance, scale, and security. Workloads and applications migrating to the cloud require careful consideration to determine when and how their architecture must be modernized to best leverage the value of cloud technologies. ​

We see cloud migration from 3 different lenses:

  1. Migrate > Modernize
  2. Modernize > Migrate
  3. Build Cloud-Native

Migrate > Modernize is the typical ‘lift-and-shift’ model of migration helping companies get quickly to the cloud. This approach is most helpful for time-sensitive projects like datacenter exits or quick scale for a new product launch. The Google Cloud Platform supports a quick and easy virtual machine migration to cloud while also automatically providing you right sizing and sustained use discounts to save right away.

Modernize > Migrate is a newer model that companies are taking on, especially when they are focused on upskilling staff and allowing experimentation while dealing with an existing infrastructure lock-in. In this approach, many departments upgrade their technology applications while on premise and then move those workloads to the cloud. Google Cloud offers a great way to move to containers and Kubernetes through their Anthos platform. We’ll have more insight on this in a future blog.

Building Cloud-Native is an approach that works for smaller, greenfield projects. Application development teams that have budget allocated and want to innovate fast can use this model to build their application in the cloud directly. Google Cloud was built with the developer in mind, making it the chosen platform for those looking to build their own cloud-native applications. App Engine is a great choice for those looking for a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to abstract away the complexity of infrastructure and focus on your application development.

2nd Watch applies our proven cloud migration methodology to each of these models ensuring we reduce any downtime in your move to Google Cloud, with a predictable schedule and reliable OpEx forecast. All of our cloud migrations include a thorough Cloud Modernization Readiness Assessment, design and build of the foundational cloud architecture, and the planning, migration, and testing of workloads in the cloud.

Download our datasheet to learn more about our Google Cloud VM Migration service.

-Chris Garvey, EVP of Product


2nd Watch Joins the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program

We are excited to officially share that we have joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program, giving Google Cloud customers access to our 2nd Watch services and cloud experts!

We are building our Google Cloud practice in response to growing demand for the platform in the marketplace. Our team already has multiple Google Cloud certifications, including for hybrid cloud infrastructure with Anthos and hybrid cloud service mesh with Anthos, and we are actively hiring to support a strong Google Cloud sales pipeline. As part of the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program, we will guide clients’ Google Cloud migration efforts as well as their optimization, DevOps, analytics, and innovative architecture projects.

“By joining the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program, we enable our clients’ multi-cloud strategies, offering cloud infrastructure for specific workloads and providing the exemplary experience our clients have come to expect,” said Rich Lyons, Director of Field Alliances at 2nd Watch. “We’re seeing increased demand for Google Cloud in the marketplace, particularly among food services, financial services and manufacturing companies. We look forward to working closely with Google Cloud to serve the needs of our customers.”

By participating in Partner Advantage, companies can harness the power of the Google brand, the innovation of Google products, and the energy of the Google Cloud ecosystem to capitalize on the growing cloud computing opportunity across all segments: Small and Medium Business (SMB), Corporate, or Enterprise. With access to information, training and tools, the program will enable 2nd Watch to meet the unique needs of its customers.