Google Container Engine Hits General Availability

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Google announced on Wednesday that Container Engine is now generally available and "production ready". It's no longer in beta, and is now backed by the company's 99.95% uptime service level agreement.

Google unveiled Container Engine at its Cloud Platform Live event back in November. It lets you run Docker containers in compute clusters, powered by open soure container manager Kubernetes, which the company released last year.

“Google Container Engine lets you move from managing application components running on individual virtual machines to launching portable Docker containers that are scheduled into a managed compute cluster for you,” explained Google’s VP of Product Management Brian Stevens at the time. “Create and wire together container-based services, and gain common capabilities like logging, monitoring and health management with no additional effort. Based on the open source Kubernetes project and running on Google Compute Engine VMs, Container Engine is an optimized and efficient way to build your container-based applications. Because it uses the open source project, it also offers a high level of workload mobility, making it easy to move applications between development machines, on-premise systems, and public cloud providers. Container-based applications can run anywhere, but the combination of fast booting, efficient VM hosts and seamless virtualized network integration make Google Cloud Platform the best place to run them.”

Long story short, Google says Container Engine will make it easy for you to set up a container cluster and manage your app "without sacrificing infrastructure flexibility."

Container Engine only launched in beta in June, so general availability seems to have come pretty quickly. Google Container Registry was made generally available in June.

You can learn more about Container Engine here.

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