Anthos clusters

Anthos clusters provide a unified way to work with Kubernetes clusters as part of Anthos (GKE Enterprise), extending GKE to work in multiple environments. You have consistent, unified, and secure infrastructure, cluster, and container management, whether you're using Anthos on Google Cloud (with traditional GKE), hybrid cloud, or multiple public clouds.

This guide links to detailed sets of documentation for all available Anthos clusters environments: on Google Cloud, on-premises (both VMware and bare metal) as part of Google Distributed Cloud Virtual (GKE on Google Distributed Cloud), and on other public clouds (AWS and Azure), as well as core GKE information that's applicable to all environments.

While Anthos clusters on-premises and on other public clouds are based on GKE, you can also add conformant non-GKE Kubernetes clusters to Anthos. With attached clusters, you can take advantage of some Anthos features on your existing systems even without a full migration to Anthos clusters. Attaching clusters lets you view them in the Google Cloud console along with your GKE and Anthos clusters, and enable a subset of Anthos features on them.

Finally, this guide also links to our fleet management docs. Fleets are a key Anthos concept that let you logically group clusters, simplify their management, and enable the use of Anthos features such as Anthos Config Management. All Anthos clusters are registered to a fleet so that you can manage them together. You can learn much more about fleets and how they can simplify multi-cluster deployments in our fleet management overview.

To find out more about the full Anthos platform, see the Anthos technical overview. To try Anthos with a sample deployment on Google Cloud, including GKE, see Explore Anthos.