About Anthos private mode

Why Anthos private mode?

Anthos private mode is a new deployment model for Anthos designed to support customers who need to deploy Anthos in an environment isolated from Google Cloud and other public cloud services.

The core new capability of Anthos private mode is a local control plane that enables Anthos to be deployed and managed locally, without a connection to the Anthos control plane hosted on Google Cloud.

Anthos private mode is designed around the needs of customers who want to deploy Anthos in an air-gapped environment in order to satisfy legal or regulatory requirements that affect the transfer and storage of data. You can use Anthos private mode to run highly regulated workloads on your premises, while still benefiting from many of the advantages of infrastructure built for the cloud.

Anthos private mode benefits

Anthos private mode enables customers to leverage Anthos for applications that cannot be connected to Google Cloud. Anthos private mode supports public sector and other customers who must meet operational and software sovereignty requirements, as well as meeting survivability needs.

Anthos private mode also supports multinational customers who need to deploy applications where Google Cloud is not available.

Anthos private mode includes:

  • Anthos Management Center
  • Anthos on bare metal
  • Anthos Config Management and Policy Controller
  • Anthos Service Mesh and Kiali and Grafana (observability)


Anthos private mode users are typically in one of the following roles:

Infrastructure operator
Responsible for the infrastructure layer of the platform such as making bare metal machines available to the cluster, setting up networking and allocating IP address ranges, configuring external persistent storage, and keeping operating systems updated. The infrastructure operator manages the admin cluster and Management Center.
Platform administrator
Responsible for the day to day management of the platform that the infrastructure operator created. The platform administrator creates and manages user clusters.

There might be some overlap in responsibilities depending on your organization.

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