Software-only Google Distributed Cloud (formerly known as Google Distributed Cloud Virtual) extends Google Cloud's infrastructure and services into your data center. With a software-only installation on bare metal of Google Distributed Cloud, you deploy applications directly on your own hardware infrastructure, which provides the best performance and flexibility. You have direct control over application scale, security, and network latency. You also get the benefits of containerized applications through GKE components, including powerful features from the enterprise tier.

Google Distributed Cloud software for bare metal includes VM Runtime on Google Distributed Cloud, which lets you run VMs on top of Kubernetes in the same way that you run containers. With VM Runtime on GDC, you can run existing VM-based workloads as you also develop and run new container-based applications.

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