Automated node management, stateful apps and HIPAA compliance come to Google Container Engine

Today, we’re bringing the latest Kubernetes 1.5 release to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers. In addition to the full slate of features available in Kubernetes, Google Container Engine brings a simplified user experience for cross-cloud federation, support for running stateful applications and automated maintenance of your clusters.

Highlights of this Container Engine release include:

  • Auto-upgrade and auto-repair for nodes simplify on-going management of your clusters
  • Simplified cross-cloud federation with support for the new "kubefed" tool
  • Automated scaling for key cluster add-ons, ensuring improved uptime for critical cluster services
  • StatefulSets (originally called PetSets) in beta, enabling you to run stateful workloads on Container Engine
  • HIPAA compliance allowing you to run HIPAA regulated workloads in containers (after agreement to Google Cloud’s standard Business Associate Agreement).

The adoption of Kubernetes and growth of the community has propelled it to be one of the fastest and most active open source projects, and that growth is mirrored in the accelerating usage of Container Engine. By using the fully managed services, companies can focus on delivering value for their customers, rather than on maintaining their infrastructure. Some recent customer highlights include:

  • GroupBy uses Container Engine to support continuous delivery of new commerce application capabilities for their customers, including retailers such as The Container Store, Urban Outfitters and CVS Health.

Google Container Engine provides us with the openness, stability and scalability we need to manage and orchestrate our Docker containers. This year, our customers flourished during Black Friday and Cyber Monday with zero outages, downtime or interruptions in service thanks, in part, to Google Container Engine.” - Will Warren, Chief Technology Officer at GroupBy.

  • MightyTV ported their workloads to Container Engine to power their video recommendation engine, reducing their cost by 33% compared to running on traditional virtual machines. Additionally, they were able to remove a third-party monitoring and logging service and let go of maintaining Kubernetes on their own.

If you’d like to help shape the future of Kubernetes the core technology Container Engine is built on  join the open Kubernetes community and participate via the kubernetes-users-mailing list or chat with us on the kubernetes-users Slack channel.

Finally, if you’d like to try Kubernetes or GCP, it’s super easy to get started with one-click Kubernetes clusters creation with Container Engine. Sign up for a free trial here.

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