Google sharpens its container-focused cloud products for battle

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Google unveiled some major enhancements to its container-focused cloud offerings on Tuesday to take advantage of new open-source developments and boost the performance of its products in a competitive market. Google Container Engine, a service based on the Kubernetes open-source project that manages clusters and orchestrates Docker containers in Google's cloud, now has the latest updates to Kubernetes.

Those enhancements came out on Monday, so it's a quick turnaround. The upgrades include support for horizontal pod autoscaling, which is a fancy term for a feature that scales up resources to smooth out performance during periods of high demand. Container Engine also gets a new networking system that reduces latency, cuts down on CPU overhead and improves reliability...

It's still in beta and not enabled by default, but developers can use a console command to opt in...

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