Google has unveiled updates to the Google Cloud Platform, including support for deploying applications and services using containers via the Kubernetes project, plus enhancements to its Managed Virtual Machines feature for App Engine.
Announced at the Google Cloud Platform Live event, Google Container Engine enables subscribers to manage Docker containers running atop Google Cloud Platform virtual machines.
Currently at the alpha stage of development, Container Engine lets users move from having to manage application components running on individual virtual machines, to launching portable Docker containers that are scheduled into a managed compute cluster, Google said.
Container Engine is based on Kubernetes, an open source project for managing containerised applications across multiple hosts that provides mechanisms for deployment, maintenance and scaling of applications. It has been developed via contributions from Google, VMware and the Docker project.
"Container-based applications can run anywhere, but the combination of fast booting, efficient VM hosts and seamless virtualised network integration make Google Cloud Platform the best place to run them," said Brian Stevens, vice president of cloud platforms at Google, in a post on the firm's blog.
Meanwhile, Google also announced that its Managed Virtual Machines for App Engine service has moved into beta with added auto-scaling support, Cloud SDK integration and support for runtimes built on Docker containers.
First announced earlier this year, Managed Virtual Machines blurs the distinction between infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, with the aim of letting developers focus on applications rather than the plumbing.
App Engine provisions and configures all the ancillary services required to build production applications, such as network routing, load balancing, auto scaling, monitoring and logging, to enable the user to focus on application code, Google said.
Elsewhere, Google announced Compute Engine Autoscaler, enabling developers to dynamically resize a cluster of virtual machines in response to usage levels.
Customers can also now sign up for a free trial of Cloud Platform, and get $300 worth of credits to spend on all Cloud Platform products and services, the firm said.
"There are no ongoing commitments - we will never charge your credit card until you upgrade your account. With $300 you can run two n1-standard-2 VMs 24x7 for 60 days, store over 11TB of data, or process over 60TB of data with BigQuery," said Stevens.
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