The joint Google and Cisco Kubernetes platform for enterprise customers should appear before the end of the year, and things are getting warm between the two companies ahead of that highly anticipated release.\nCisco and Google last October teamed up to develop a Kubernetes hybrid-cloud offering.\u00a0 Kubernetes, originally designed by Google, is an open-source-based system for developing and orchestrating containerized applications.\n\nThe Cisco\/Google combination \u2013 which is currently being tested by early access enterprise customers, according to Google \u2013 will let IT managers and application developers use Cisco tools to manage their on-premises environments and link it up with Google\u2019s public IaaS cloud which offers orchestration, security and ties to a vast developer community.\nIn fact the developer community is one area the companies have targeted recently by announcing a Cisco & Google Cloud Challenge, which is offering prizes worth over $160,000 to develop what Cisco calls \u201cgame-changing\u201d apps using Cisco\u2019s Container Platform with Google Cloud services. \u00a0Cisco says the goal is to bring together its DevNet community and Google\u2019s Technology Partners to bring new hybrid-cloud applications for enterprise customers.\nCisco VP & CTO of DevNet Susie Wee wrote in a blog that in preparation for the Challenge, DevNet is offering workshops, office hours, and sandboxes using Cisco Container Platform with Google Cloud services to help customers and developers learn how to connect cloud data from a private cloud to the Google Cloud Platform or even data from edge devices to run analytics and employ machine learning.\n\u00a0\u201cFor example, a factory may have data from sensors combined with location analytics from a Meraki cloud. By analyzing the data from these sources in Google Cloud, you can build predictive models to prevent outage or breakdown costs, by predicting failures ahead of time,\u201d Wee wrote.\nCisco says it will start accepting submissions in September and will choose the winners in November.\nCisco has been touting the growth and impact of its own DevNet community noting t the recent Cisco Live event that the group founded in 2014, now has 500,000\u00a0registered\u00a0members.\n"Our 500,000 strong community is writing code that can be leveraged\u00a0and shared\u00a0by others. DevNet\u00a0is creating a network-innovation ecosystem that will be the hub of the next generation of applications\u00a0and the next generation of business," Wee said at the time.\u00a0\nGoogle and Cisco go AI, machine learning\nEngaging hybrid cloud developers isn\u2019t the only action going on between Cisco and Google.\u00a0\nThe companies have moved forward on a variety of new areas the first around Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.\u00a0\nCisco said it would bring Google Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its Cisco Customer Journey Solutions. According to Cisco, Contact Center AI is a simple, secure, and flexible solution that lets enterprises with limited machine-learning expertise to deploy AI in their contact centers.\u00a0 The AI automatically provides agents with relevant documents to help guide conversations and continuously learns in order to deliver increasingly more relevant information over time, the company said.\nOther forthcoming combinations will include:\n\nThe ability to schedule a Webex meeting within a Google Calendar with one click. \u201cWith an add-on from G Suite in the coming months, you'll see the Webex Meetings icon every time you schedule a meeting in Google Calendar. Click it to set up your video-first Webex meeting for the people and rooms you need, and let the technology do the rest. "People join from a Cisco video device by simply pushing the big green "join" button. Or from a Chrome browser with just one click \u2013 no downloads or guest accounts required,\u201d Cisco said.\nThe capacity to add Cisco calling and meetings into an Android app. Using Webex Teams Android SDK, developers can add Cisco collaboration capabilities into their Android apps.\u00a0 For example, customers could add Cisco video meetings into smart glasses for a \u201csee what I see\u201d experience between, say, an expert on land and an engineer on a ship in the middle of the ocean, Cisco said.\nAbility to use Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms in Webex Teams Spaces. As people collaborate on content more and more, Cisco and Google are exploring ways to make the job easier.\u00a0 No more endless reposting of documents as people layer on new rounds of edits. Post it once, edit it as many times as you need, or co-collaborate on content more quickly.\n\nCisco moves on Kubernetes\nIn other moves, Cisco in May took big steps toward helping customers deploy, monitor and manage on-premises and public-cloud production-ready Kubernetes-based container applications.\u00a0\nCisco rolled out \u00a0AppDynamics for Kubernetes and said it can reduce the time it takes to identify and troubleshoot performance issues across Kubernetes clusters in multicloud environments by intelligently filtering performance metrics based on Kubernetes labels. This Kubernetes-label filtering means IT operations teams no longer need to monitor thousands of threads executing a similar service, Cisco said.\nAt that time Cisco also said its Cisco CloudCenter 4.9 will become a key element of the open, hybrid-cloud offering being developed by Cisco and Google and that is expected later this year.\u00a0\nAccording to Cisco with the release of CloudCenter 4.9, users can, among other things, use interface and application-lifecycle management features to deploy and manage containerized applications in Kubernetes clusters; and deploy clusters in a private data center, which can be created by the new Cisco Container Platform. The Cisco Container Platform will be an integral part of the Cisco and Google Cloud service.\nIntroduced in January and also based on Kubernetes, Cisco Container Platform allows for self-service deployment and management of container clusters.\u00a0 The first version the container platform will operate with Cisco\u2019s HyperFlex environment with others to follow.