Google launches a more flexible iteration of its cloud portfolio

Google Distributed Cloud is a collection of hardware, software and services that are not limited to the public cloud.

The idea seems to be to offer Google Cloud goodness to businesses that are hesitant to go all-in on the public cloud, which makes sense. In his blog announcing the development, Google GM and VP of Product for IaaS, Sachin Gupta, continued to sympathize with organizations that cannot or will not shift their entire workload to the public cloud for some reason.

“To ensure that these workloads can still benefit from what the cloud has to offer, we are announcing today in Google Cloud Next ’21 Google Distributed Cloud, a portfolio of solutions consisting of hardware and software that expands our infrastructure to the edge and into your data centers, ”blogs Gupta.

Although not specifically targeted at the telecommunications sector, the mention of the edge makes this a significant development for both operators and telecommunications providers. In fact, this portfolio is designed to exist in the operator edge, customer edge and Google edge locations, as we are told there are over 140 around the world.

It’s built on Google’s Anthos software, which Ericsson has recently had warm words for, so it looks like Google is still trying to play well with the broader ICT ecosystem. Among its hardware partners are Cisco, Dell, HPE, Intel and Nvidia, while both Ericsson and Nokia are represented in the blog.

“The Google Distributed Cloud Communication supports Ericsson’s vision for the network to become a platform for innovation, enabling companies across the ecosystem to deliver the applications of the future they need and unleash the full potential of 5G and edge, said Rishi Bhaskar, Head of Hyperscale Cloud Providers for Ericsson North America.

“This announcement builds on our ongoing partnership with Google Cloud to develop Nokia cloud-native 5G core and Nokia radio solutions for Google’s edge computing platform,” said Nishant Batra, Nokia Chief Strategy and Technology Officer. “By expanding this relationship with Google Distributed Cloud Edge, we want to increase customer choice and flexibility and ultimately help our global customer base with more cloud-based solutions to deliver 5G services on the edge of the network.”

You can hear from everyone else involved in the blog, and Light Reading has a good analysis of what this might mean for the wider telecommunications sector. As always, operators need to think long and hard before selling their soul to a hyperscaler, but perhaps Google’s relatively flexible, collegial approach will help calm their nerves a bit. Google has something to catch up with public cloud leader AWS, and this announcement may very well help.

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