Kubernetes 1.3 on tap for Google Container Engine

Google Cloud Platform have announced the roll out of Kubernetes 1.3 on Google Container Engine over the next few weeks. 

With the increased popularity of containers and appetite for application and data portability across private and public clouds, the latest release of Google’s open source container deployment platform addresses many of the requests from their customers including the ability to span availability zones (including on premise deployments), built in support for stateful applications and doubling the number of nodes in a cluster to 2,000.

Google Container Engine, a fully managed Kubernetes service, has emerged as one of Google Cloud Platform’s most popular offerings, with usage doubling every 90 days. As a fully managed Kubernetes service, Container Engine makes it easy to set up, manage and run applications in containers that are backed with Google’s 99.5% SLA.


The company have also announced several improvements to Container Engine:

 Integrated Google Cloud Identity & Access Management (IAM) roles, giving customers full control and visibility to manage clusters centrally

 Native local SSD support with automatic provisioning, to quickly and easily deploy high-throughput applications

● The ability to run different machine types across multiple zones with NodePools, letting users customize clusters in the way that makes sense for the specific application

 Container-VM Image, an underlying OS for nodes with advanced security and manageability features for container-based environments, ensuring Container Engine can support business critical applications.

Container Engine is being adopted by thousands of users across many different industries, allowing developers to quickly and securely respond to changing demands and meet customer needs.

Partner integrations

The company have also announced a growing number of partners in the Container Engine ecosystem, including:

 CircleCI added support to Container Engine as an endpoint for CI pipeline

 Shippable replatformed and added full native support for Container Engine clusters (auth, discovery, provisioning and deployment) from the Shippable cloud console

 Citrix introduced its Netscaler CPX Load Balancer that can be configured and deployed to any Container Engine environment

● Datastax released a Solution and Reference Architecture for deploying Datastax Enterprise on Container Engine Clusters (using Cloud Deployment Manager)

These and other updates in the 1.3 release will be rolled out to Container Engine users. Getting started with Google Cloud Platform  is easy. Sign up for your free trial here.