Google’s Container Engine Hits Beta, Container Registry Now Generally Available

Right in time for the beginning of DockerCon, Docker‘s developer conference in San Francisco, Google today announced that its Kubernetes-powered Container Engine service for managing containers on its cloud platform is now in beta. For the first time, Google also today announced pricing for this service, which will go into effect after the service is out of beta.

Google’s Container Registry for storing and distributing container images is a step ahead of Container Engine and is coming out of beta today.

Container Engine made it debut last November and today, the team is launching a number of updates. These include support for the first release candidate of Kubernetes, Google’s open source container management tool, as well as support for Google Cloud Logging for getting deep analytics about how an application is running on the service. Container Engine now also lets developers who also use Google’s Cloud VPN service reserve a range of IP addresses to their clusters.

Once Container Engine is out of beta, Google will charge developers $0.15 per hour for running a standard cluster with up to 100 virtual machines (that’s only for managing the cluster, though — you still have to pay for the virtual machines that run your containers). Google will also have a free tier for clusters with up to five virtual machine nodes for developers who either don’t need additional nodes or want to learn more about how the service works.

Container Registry isn’t getting any major new features today, but Google now lets you store images both in Asia and Europe.