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Google Announces Beta Release of Container Engine; Updates Container Registry with Docker Registry V2 API support for Running Docker Containers on its Cloud

By CIOReview | Friday, November 13, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Google unveils major enhancements to its container-focused cloud offering by introducing beta version of Container Engine and the general availability of Container Registry to run Docker containers on Google cloud.

The enhancements serve users in automating Docker containers on Google cloud platform making development and deployment of applications easier. The new updates Docker v2 and Kubernetes 1.1 gives more control on the container clusters.

Container Engine is a container management platform that runs and manages Docker containers on Google Compute Engine virtual machines and manages applications in cloud. It schedules user’s containers into the cluster and manages them automatically. Built on Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration system, it delivers the flexibility of workloads on on-premise, hybrid and public cloud infrastructures. Updates to the Google Container Engine features performance improvements enabling users to run the technology in high-scale environments

Container Registry is a private repository that secures storing of container images providing consistent uptime on an infrastructure protected by Google's security. With the addition of Docker Registry V2 API support to it, users can now use V2 API to push and pull Docker images into Container Registry, that features content addressable references, parallel layer downloads and digest-based pulls for easy managing of containers. This enhancement will give users with 40 percent faster image pulling and advanced authentication. It also delivers TwistLock integration that provides rule violation detection and policy enforcement for the containers during runtime.

The upgrades include support for horizontal pod auto scaling 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.

Google updates Kubernetes to version 1.1 that benefits the users to run Container Engine in a high-scale environment. The upgrade highlights horizontal pod auto scaling that scales the workloads and resources up and down based on CPU usage, features HTTP load balancer that enables routing traffic to different Kubernetes services based HTTP traffic, such as usage of different services for sub-URLs, delivers re-architected networking system that reduces latency up to 80 percent, eliminates CPU overhead and improves reliability.