In its ongoing efforts to gain cloud market share, Google Cloud has launched a version of its platform specifically aimed at the telecom industry.
Google Cloud is currently a distant third in the U.S. cloud industry, with a mere 4% of the market. CEO Thomas Kurian has set the goal of becoming at least the second largest U.S. cloud vendor within five years. One way the company is working to grow its market share is by appealing to specific industries. The company had previously released Google Cloud Anthos for Retail in an attempt to capitalize on retailers’ aversion to using a cloud solution from Amazon, one of their biggest competitors.
Now Google has launched Anthos for Telecom, “an open hybrid and multi-cloud application platform offering telecommunications companies the flexibility to modernize existing applications, build new ones, and securely run them on-premises and across multiple clouds.”
Anthos is based on open source technology and includes “Kubernetes, Istio, and Knative,” enabling “consistency between on-premises and cloud environments and helps accelerate application development.”
With Google’s latest addition to its cloud offerings, its obviously working to close the gap with its bigger competitors. Whether it will help the company meet Kurian’s goal remains to be seen.