In the past few years, developers have moved en masse to containers for their ease-of-use, portability and performance. Today, we’re excited to announce that Google Cloud Platform (GCP) now offers container-native load balancing for applications running on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Kubernetes on Compute Engine, reaffirming containers as first-class citizens on GCP.
Containers are a hot topic, yet production usage remains low, according to Gartner, with most enterprise container adoptions in an early phase. A recent survey by Diamanti backs this up, finding that while almost half (47%) of the IT leaders it surveyed plan to deploy containers in a production environment, only 12% have already done so.
In the four years since we launched Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), it has become a fast favorite among enterprises running large container-based applications in production. But even the biggest, most mission-critical system was once just a prototype, and even the largest organization was once just a startup.