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May 5, 2020

Google, Splunk Partner on Multi-Cloud Data

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As cloud vendors seek to reduce data movement as a way of preserving network bandwidth and computing resources, they are also promoting greater cloud access to “holistic” data sets spawned by the increasing number of hybrid deployments.

That’s part of the rationale behind a cloud partnership announced this week by Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and data analytics platform specialist Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK). Along with integrating Splunk’s cloud with Google Cloud, the partners also said Tuesday (May 5) they will introduce new cloud-native integrations via Anthos, Google’s on-premise runtime based on Kubernetes.

Among the goals of the cloud partnership goal is providing “real-time visibility across the enterprise,” said Google, which has been striving under CEO Thomas Kurian to differentiate its hybrid cloud offerings from cloud leaders Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Hence, Anthos is billed as an open application platform to speed development and smooth out the bumps as analytics and other apps run across hybrid cloud deployments.

As James Malone, Google’s senior product manager for Cloud Dataproc, its hosted Spark and Hadoop distributions, told Datanami last fall, “Anthos is a really important component of our long-term strategy for hybrid cloud and multi-cloud.”

Google added that is partnership with Splunk would “enable new and existing customers to share critical data between applications and draw insights from holistic sets of data extracted from their hybrid, multi-cloud environments.”

Splunk’s “data-to-everything” approach seeks to identify and share critical data among distributed applications increasingly running across multiple clouds. The company said the partnership would give it access to Google’s AI, machine learning, data analytics, networking and data security capabilities.

The partnership with Google is the latest in a series for Splunk, which earlier this year announced a storage partnership with Cloudian designed to combine its smart storage capability with Cloudian’s HyperStore remote storage.

The partners said Splunk on the Google Cloud is available now for beta testing, with general availability “coming soon.”

The partnership with Splunk bolsters Google Cloud’s efforts to scale its data analytics capabilities, underscoring the trend among cloud infrastructure vendors seeking to expand analytics capabilities across multiple clouds. Last June, for example, Google Cloud acquired data platform and visualization tool vendor Looker in an all-cash deal valued at $2.6 billion.

Looker had previously integrated its data tools with Google Cloud’s BigQuery machine learning platform.

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