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Google may hook Kubernetes deep into own cloud

'Highly differentiated experience' promised, details likely at November gabfest

Google's Cloud Platform Live event in the USA next week may offer up some news on how The Chocolate Factory will allow developers to put Kubernetes to work in its own cloud.

Kubernetes is a tool Google developed and used to make containerisation more useful by making it possible to manage containerised applications. As explained by Craig McLuckie, Google's point man for all things cloud, Docker is very good at helping developers to create apps running in containers. Kubernetes tries to take things further by getting code in containers to work together to deliver an application, and to help manage those containers and their joint and interlinked operations once an app goes into production.

Kubernetes can work alongside any Docker implementation, and therefore in any of the major clouds that can handle Docker. Which as of two weeks ago, when Microsoft became the latest cloud operator to embrace Docker, is just about everyone that matters.

Google Cloud Platform also supports Kubernetes. But as Google developed Kubernetes out of code it needed for its own operations, it's in a position to make the software work especially well on its own cloud.

Might Google do it?

When The Reg asked McLuckie today, we were told “you will have a great time running these technologies in any cloud,” but that “When you come to Google you will have a highly differentiated experience.”

At which point your correspondent was told to watch this space, or at least watch the space that Cloud Platform Live will fill as of next week. ®

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