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Anthos deployment options

This page shows the Google Cloud and Anthos features that are available on each Anthos environment. You can use these features on the following Anthos environments:

Enabling Anthos

To enable the entire Anthos platform, you enable the Anthos API on your fleet host project. Enabling the Anthos API is required to use all Anthos environments except GKE on Google Cloud. Enabling the Anthos API lets you register clusters to your fleet and use all the following Anthos platform features without incurring additional charges:

See the Anthos pricing page for information on Anthos environments outside of Google Cloud and for GKE on Google Cloud with the Anthos API enabled. Anthos charges are applied per managed vCPU. For GKE on Google Cloud with the Anthos API enabled, there are no separate GKE charges.

Pricing options for GKE on Google Cloud

If you only want to use GKE on Google Cloud, you have the following options:

Features available on GKE clusters on Google Cloud

GKE on Google Cloud is the most mature Anthos environment. All Anthos features are supported on GKE standard. For a list of key features and the benefits of running workloads on GKE, see the GKE product overview.

Some Anthos features aren't supported on Autopilot clusters, as shown in the following table:

Feature Available on GKE standard clusters Available on Autopilot clusters
Anthos Config Management 1.12.0
Anthos Service Mesh in-cluster
Managed Anthos Service Mesh Available in all managed Anthos Service Mesh release channels. Available in the Anthos Service Mesh Regular and Rapid release channels.
Cloud Run for Anthos
Migrate to Containers
Anthos Identity Service
Binary Authorization
Multi Cluster Ingress
Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring for Anthos system components

1.12.0 - Anthos Config Management components are supported on Autopilot clusters in version 1.12.0 and later. For more information, see Config Sync cluster requirements.

Features available on Anthos clusters outside of Google Cloud

The following tables show the availability of key Google Cloud and Anthos features by category on Anthos clusters outside of Google Cloud.

For details about which versions of the Anthos features are supported on each environment, see the Anthos and multi-cloud matrix.

Plugins and load balancers

Anthos clusters outside of Google Cloud use a combination of built-in Anthos capabilities along with platform-native capabilities.

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Network plugin
Container storage interface (CSI) & hybrid storage
Bundled L4 load balancer
Platform-native load balancers N/A N/A

Operations and management

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Anthos dashboard in the Google Cloud console
Connect Gateway
Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring
Prometheus/Grafana

Security and Identity

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Anthos Identity Service
Fleet workload identity
Cloud Audit Logs
Binary Authorization

Service management

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Anthos Service Mesh in-cluster *
Managed Anthos Service Mesh
Service dashboards in the Google Cloud console *
Anthos Service Mesh certificate authority
Anthos Service Mesh integration with Certificate Authority Service

* For the list of attached clusters that Anthos Service Mesh supports, see Supported platforms.

Configuration management

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Policy Controller
Config Sync
Config Controller

Application deployment

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Cloud Run for Anthos
Google Cloud Marketplace

Application Migration

Feature Anthos clusters on VMware Anthos clusters on bare metal Anthos clusters on AWS Anthos clusters on Azure Attached clusters
Migrate to Containers

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