Google Launches Release Channels For Kuberentes Engine (GKE)

Starting this month in alpha, Google will offer three release channels for its Kuberentes Engine (GKE) - Rapid, Regular and Stable.

Google, on the first day of KubeCon EU, announced that it now offers three release channels for its Google Kuberentes Engine (GKE): Rapid, Regular and Stable.
 
Each version with different version maturity and stability will allow you to subscribe your cluster to an update stream that matches your risk tolerance and business requirements.
The company said that you can subscribe your clusters to the Rapid channel starting now, and get early access to the latest Kubernetes version as it matures to Regular, and finally to the Stable channel.
 
The company is offering Windows Server Containers in Kubernetes 1.14 on GKE. This will enable you to experiment with Windows Server Containers and modernize your existing Windows applications from the new Rapid channel in the coming month.
 
As part of the announcement, Google also unveiled general availability of Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring which is a tool that gives you GKE observability all in one place. This will give much faster time-to-resolution for issues, irrespective of the scale, claims Google.
 
 
Source: Google 
 
"Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring gives us complete visibility into our GKE environment, is easy to use and fosters a meaningful conversation between SREs and Engineering on the reliability of our applications. We now have a full view across all of our clusters and can dig into further details as needed--allowing us to diagnose issues faster and keep our applications available to users." - noted Pardeep Sandhu, Site Reliability Engineer, Schlumberger
 
The company also introduced 'GKE Advanced' with features and tooling. GKE Advanced gives you Kubernetes’ portability and third-party ecosystem, but with an enhanced, and evolving, feature set.