Google has released a new update to its public cloud, hoping it will become a more interesting place to run software container projects. The update adds three new networking controls to the platform’s Google Kubernetes Engine service.

This service is a hosted implementation of the Kubernetes framework, which was created by the internet giant open source in 2014. Since then, it’s been the go-to tool for managing containers.

Companies using the service can now set up their deployments in a virtual private cloud (VPC). A VPC is an isolated part of Google’s public cloud that is not exposed to the public Internet. This reduces the risk of cyber attacks and helps to comply with regulations.

This option is particularly interesting for enterprise users. Companies are using containers for an increasing number of workloads, including critical applications that are mainly kept within VPCs, because the technology offers a lightweight, portable way to deploy software. Services in containers can be moved between different environments more easily than traditional workloads.

Other functions

Google has added two more features, in addition to VPC, that allow companies to further customize network access to their Kubernetes clusters. The first update is Shared VPC, which allows a deployment to be linked to other isolated environments that a company runs on Google’s cloud. Separate services can therefore communicate with each other.

The setup can also help simplify management operations. The information technology group of a company can centrally manage important components such as firewalls, where the daily management of individual VPC’s is handled by service project admins.

Finally, a feature called master authorized networks has been added to simplify remote maintenance. Administrators can now access a master Kubernetes server that controls a deployment from a pre-approved public IP address that does not belong to a business network while blocking the public Internet.

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