American poet Maya Angelou stated ”Should you don’t know the place you’ve come from, you don’t know the place you’re going.” We agree. At this time, as we kick off the Build with Google Kubernetes Engine occasion, and contemporary off our GKE Autopilot launch, we wished to take a step again and replicate on simply how far GKE has come. In just six quick years, GKE has turn into probably the most extensively adopted companies for working trendy cloud-native purposes, utilized by startups and Fortune 500 corporations alike. This enthusiasm conjures up us to push the boundaries of what’s attainable with Kubernetes, making it simpler so that you can deal with creating nice companies in your customers, whereas we care for your Kubernetes clusters. 

So let’s check out the place we’ve been with Kubernetes and the place we’re right this moment—so we are able to construct the long run collectively.   

Sustained innovation

Lots has modified within the container orchestration house since we created Kubernetes and opened it as much as the world greater than 6 years in the past. It’s slightly exhausting to recollect, however again after we first designed Kubernetes, there was no {industry} commonplace for managing fleets of containerized purposes at scale. As a result of we had developed so many technical improvements for containers already (e.g., container optimized OS), it was solely pure for us to suggest a brand new method for managing containers—one primarily based on our expertise on the time, launching billion containers each week for our inside wants.

In 2015, we co-founded the Cloud Native Computing Basis (CNCF) as a vendor-neutral dwelling for the Kubernetes challenge. Since then, a various, world group of builders has contributed to—and benefitted from—the challenge. Final 12 months alone, builders from 500+ corporations contributed to Kubernetes, and all the main cloud suppliers have adopted in our footsteps in providing a managed Kubernetes service. This broad {industry} assist for the expertise we developed helps us ship on our imaginative and prescient: giving clients the selection to run their workloads the place and when they need, with out being caught on a legacy cloud supplier with proprietary APIs.

Neighborhood management

Since its inception as an inside Google challenge, we’ve solely continued to put money into Kubernetes. Below the auspices of the CNCF, we’ve remodeled 680,000 further contributions to the challenge, together with over 123,000 contributions in 2020. That’s greater than all the opposite cloud suppliers mixed. While you actually wish to make the most of Kubernetes, there’s no match for Google’s experience—or GKE.

We additionally actively support CNCF with credit to host Kubernetes on Google Cloud, enabling 100 million container downloads on daily basis and over 400,000 integration exams monthly, totaling over 300,000 core hours on GKE and Google Cloud. (Sure, you learn that proper, the Kubernetes challenge itself is constructed and served from GKE and Google Cloud.) 

Buyer outcomes

Because the creators of Kubernetes, and with all this continued funding, it’s not shocking that we have now an amazing managed Kubernetes service; actually, I feel we are able to credibly declare it’s one of the best one out there. 

Enterprises flock to GKE to resolve for pace, scale, safety and availability. Among the many Fortune 500, 5 out of high 10 telecommunications, media and gaming corporations, 6 out of high 10 healthcare and lifesciences corporations, and seven out of high 10 retail and shopper packaged items corporations all use GKE. Main expertise corporations are additionally embracing GKE, for instance, Databricks is enabling clients to leverage a Google Kubernetes Engine-based Databricks service on Google Cloud.

Relating to scale, GKE is second to none. In any case, Google itself operates quite a few globally out there companies like YouTube, Gmail and Drive, so we all know a factor or two about deploying workloads at scale. We carry this experience to Kubernetes in a means that solely Google can. For instance, Bayer Crop Science used GKE to seamlessly scale their analysis workloads over 200x with 15,000 node clusters. 

GKE provides native safety capabilities reminiscent of community coverage logging, hardened sandbox setting, vulnerability scanning, shielded nodes (that use a cryptographically verifiable examine) and confidential nodes—all designed to simplify implementing a defense-in-depth method to safety, so you may function safely at scale. Clients like Shopify belief GKE to assist them deal with terrific scale with no interruptions. Over the newest Black Friday Cyber Monday interval, Shopify processed over $5B in transactions!

It additionally provides a collection of industry-first capabilities reminiscent of launch channels, multi-cluster assist, four-way auto-scaling, together with node auto restore to assist enhance availability. And that is simply its function set—GKE additionally helps optimize prices with environment friendly bin packing and auto-scaling. Clients like OpenX are saving up to 45% using GKE

GKE Autopilot momentum

This leads us to GKE Autopilot, a brand new mode of operation for GKE that helps cut back the operational price of managing clusters, optimize your clusters for manufacturing, and yield increased workload availability. Already since its launch final month, clients like Strabag and Through Transportation report seeing dramatic enchancment within the efficiency, safety, and resilience of their Kubernetes environments, all whereas spending much less time managing their clusters. 

Briefly, we’ve labored exhausting to ship essentially the most configurable, safe, scalable, and automatic Kubernetes service in the marketplace right this moment. And we’re simply getting began. With 5+ years of ongoing funding in Kubernetes, you might be assured that GKE will probably be there to assist your success and progress— right this moment and into the long run.

Concerned with exhibiting simply how a lot you like GKE? Be part of the Google Cloud Code_Love_Hack hackathon to indicate us how you employ GKE, containers, and Cloud Code to unfold the love of coding! Registration is open and we’re excited for all the nice initiatives you’ll make utilizing GKE!

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