Google has debuted its new hybrid cloud management platform, Anthos, allowing enterprises to manage and deploy workloads across both Google’s public cloud, on premise and other public clouds.

Google Cloud said the new platform is a response to the increasingly hybrid cloud infrastructure organisations are opting for, and the move follows similar hybrid platforms announcements from the other major public cloud providers.

Anthos was revealed during Google Cloud’s annual user conference in San Francisco overnight, where it also announced Australia Post has chosen Google Cloud as its data and machine learning partner.

Australia Post will use Google Cloud for its enterprise data analytics platform with a goal of improving customer experiences through analytics.

Anthos

Google says its new open platform will allow users to run apps anywhere, including on premise and on competing public clouds like AWS and Azure, without requiring administrators and developers to learn different environments and APIs.

In a blog post explaining Anthos, Google Cloud executives said Anthos is completely software based, meaning it will run on existing hardware. Anthos is based on Google Cloud’s managed Kubernetes service so upgrades and security patches will be delivered automatically, according to the post.

Google Cloud will also offer a migration service for moving on premise or cloud based virtual machines into containers in Google Kubernetes Engine. Currently in beta, Athnos Migrate will be an automatic process without the need to modify VMs or applications, according to Google Cloud.

Google says several enterprise customers are already using Anthos, including HSBC and Siemens.

Australia Post and Google Cloud

Also announced at Google Cloud’s American event is a new partnership with Australia Post. Google Cloud will provide solutions to power Australia Post’s enterprise data analytics platform.

“We are one of Australia’s most trusted organisations, and we don’t take that trust for granted,” said Australia Post CIO John Cox. “Our customers are more sophisticated and empowered than ever. They want choice, control, and convenience in how, when and where they access our services.”

Google Cloud claims their services have reduced the time it takes for Australia Post to perform analytics 10 fold.

“With near real-time data analytics, we can free up valuable resources, act quicker and provide better service to the millions of Australians that rely on us every day. We are planning on using machine learning to identify ways to save customers time and give them more certainty about their delivery choices, and we look forward to seeing that unfold,” Cox said.

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