Google Cloud Director of Outbound Product Management Richard Seroter and Anthos Product Supervisor Amr Abdelrazik published a post to announce Anthos on bare metal. Anthos on bare metal is generally available, with subscription or pay-as-you-go pricing.
Bring your own operating system model
Google Anthos modernizes existing applications and builds cloud-native apps anywhere to promote agility and cost savings. This move helps the notion that prospects need to be in command of how they eat the cloud, according to them. Anthos on bare metal enables users to leverage existing investments in hardware, OS, and networking infrastructure.
Richard Seroter and Amr Abdelrazik explained how Anthos on bare metal works, saying,
“Anthos on bare metal uses a “bring your own operating system” model. It runs atop physical or virtual instances and supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1/8.2, CentOS 8.1/8.2, or Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 LTS. Anthos provides overlay networking and L4/L7 load balancing out of the box. You can also integrate with your own load balancer such as F5 and Citrix. For storage, you can deploy persistent workloads using CSI integration with your existing infrastructure.”
To run Anthos on bare metal at the edge, users need a minimum of two nodes with a minimum of 4 cores, and 32GB RAM, and 128GB of disk space with no specialized hardware.
Two deployment models
Note that it is possible to deploy Anthos on bare metal using one of the following deployment models. A standalone model allows users to manage every cluster independently. A multi-cluster model allows a central IT team to manage a fleet of clusters from a centralized cluster, called the admin cluster. If you want to build automation, tooling, or to delegate the lifecycle of clusters to individual teams without sharing sensitive credentials, you should choose a multi-cluster deployment model.