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Rakuten Symphony Announces Symcloud™ SDS Integrated into Google Distributed Cloud Edge

November 6, 2023

A strategic collaboration to enhance cloud computing solutions

TOKYO, November 6, 2023 - Rakuten Symphony, Inc., today announced the integration of Rakuten Symphony Symcloud™ Storage – its enterprise-grade, highest-performing storage for Kubernetes® – as a foundational software-defined storage (SDS) in Google’s Distributed Cloud Edge. This development further enhances the process of running Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) clusters on the dedicated edge hardware provided and maintained by Google Cloud. It also represents a significant advancement in delivering sophisticated and integrated cloud services to businesses globally.


This partnership brings together the extensive cloud computing expertise of Google Cloud and Rakuten Symphony’s app-aware storage with advanced, persistent data management capabilities. The resulting robust and scalable storage solution is built to accommodate the ever-growing demands of modern enterprises.

Google Cloud has launched multiple hardware stack configurations with GKE Enterprise Edition. Symcloud Storage is a pre-certified platform for Distributed Cloud Edge, and it is generally available as of this week. The solution is automated for seamless rollouts across multiple sites end-to-end. Businesses can now deploy Symcloud Storage along with GKE Enterprise to support their new and emerging edge requirements, such as massive IoT, smart facilities, smart retail enterprise private 5G, and distributed edge.

The industry’s leading Edge Cloud storage solution

Installing the Distributed Cloud Edge hardware on-premises now offers the additional opportunity to leverage enhanced storage capabilities of Symcloud, helping to meet the burgeoning demands of contemporary cloud computing.

Commenting on this collaboration, Partha Seetala, President, Cloud Business Unit for Rakuten Symphony, said, “This is a step forward in our commitment to technological excellence and innovation. Rakuten Symphony Cloud Native Storage – a pre-certified solution for Google Distributed Cloud Edge – acts as a local storage abstraction layer on each Distributed Cloud Edge node, making its local storage available to workloads running on other Distributed Cloud Edge nodes. The integration ensures businesses the ability to effortlessly roll out the solution across multiple locations, removing the necessity for manual intervention across various sites, and allowing for a more streamlined and cohesive deployment experience.”

“The work we have done with the Rakuten Symphony Cloud team offers seamless deployment of Google Distributed Cloud Edge for scale and enables our customers to harness the power of Google cloud at the edge.” said Vijay Tewari, Head of Product Management for Google Distributed Cloud – Storage.

Rakuten Symphony Cloud Native Storage is deployed from Google Cloud Marketplace and is supported by both Rakuten Symphony and Google Cloud teams.

A Google Cloud technology partner

Rakuten Symphony Cloud Native Storage solution (previously Robin Cloud Native Storage) offers advanced application awareness, high availability, data resiliency, and security that enables customers to migrate their stateful workloads to containers seamlessly and transform their edge deployments. Highlights of the solution include:

  • Ease of deployment and scale: Pre-certified solution packages for every release
  • Streamlined execution and resolution: Unified, single billing, and support through Google Cloud
  • Joint development of next-gen features: Delivering a more useable and stable customer experience
  • Unified releases and roadmaps: Co-development and testing to rapidly meet new market opportunities
  • Efficient edge infrastructure: Minimal data foot-print, with advanced replication and data protection services
  • High performance with any workload: Bare-metal performance, rapid quiescence and linear scale

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About Rakuten Symphony

Rakuten Symphony is reimagining telecom, changing supply chain norms, and disrupting outmoded thinking that threatens the industry’s pursuit of rapid innovation and growth. Based on proven modern infrastructure practices, its open interface platforms make it possible to launch and operate advanced mobile services in a fraction of the time and cost of conventional approaches, with no compromise to network quality or security. Rakuten Symphony has headquarters in Japan and local presence in the United States, Singapore, India, Europe, and the Middle East Africa region.

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* Symcloud is a trademark or registered trademark of Rakuten Group companies in Singapore and other countries and regions.    

* KUBERNETES® is a registered trademark of the Linux Foundation in the United States and other countries, and is used pursuant to a license from the Linux Foundation.

*Google and Google Cloud are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google LLC. in the United States and other countries.

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