Google Sees Kubernetes Driving Cloud Growth in 2018

The coming year is shaping up to one in which Google uses its experience managing Kubernetes clusters to close the gap between it and rival cloud services providers Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Google has managed to maneuver itself into third place in the cloud service provider wars, thanks to focusing mainly on big data applications and providing lower-cost infrastructure services via the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). For example, Google doesnt require IT organizations to commit to specific-size virtual machines or pay for them on an hourly basis. As Kubernetes continues as the de facto platform for managing clusters hosting containers, Google is betting that interest in deploying it on its cloud will increase substantially. In fact, a recent survey finds that GCP surpasses Microsoft Azure in terms of where IT organizations intend to host Kubernetes in the coming year. To further drive that effort, Google recently eliminated cluster management fees to deploy container applications on top of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

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