Since its launch in 2015, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) continues to set the standard for the industry on what it means to provide a managed Kubernetes service that puts security, reliability, and ease of use first. This innovation is driven by feedback from all Kubernetes users and GKE customers. Thank you for trusting us to provide the platform that powers your business transformation.
Today, on the first day of KubeCon EU, we want to update you on what’s new in GKE.
Move quickly and reliably with GKE release channels
As a Google Cloud customer, you have a wide range of requirements for how to use your clusters and when to upgrade them. GKE has always abstracted away the complexity of managing Kubernetes releases by automating the upgrade and delivery of new versions to your clusters. When you create a cluster on GKE, your cluster is created with the default certified version in the GKE fleet, and you can leverage the auto-upgrade capability to keep your clusters up to date with bug fixes and security patches.
Starting this month in alpha, GKE will offer release channels, allowing you to upgrade your clusters in a way that fits your business. We’ll offer three channels; Rapid, Regular, and Stable, each with different version maturity and stability, so you can subscribe your cluster to an update stream that matches your risk tolerance and business requirements.
We’re excited to introduce the first of the release channels, the Rapid channel. You can subscribe your clusters to the Rapid channel starting now, and get early access to the latest Kubernetes version as it matures to Regular, and finally to the Stable channel.
Try out Windows Server Containers in Rapid Channel
We heard you–being able to easily deploy Windows containers is critical for enterprises looking to modernize existing applications and move them towards cloud-native technology. In Kubernetes 1.14, the upstream open-source community announced support for Windows nodes, and we’re pleased to offer Windows Server Containers in Kubernetes 1.14 on GKE. You’ll be able to experiment with Windows Server Containers and modernize your existing Windows applications from the new Rapid channel in June.
Be in the know with Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring
Today, we’re excited to announce general availability of Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring, a tool that gives you GKE observability (metrics, logs, events, and metadata) all in one place, to help provide faster time-to-resolution for issues, no matter the scale.