Google has introduced GKE Advanced, an updated version of its cloud Kubernetes service with security and automation features. The tool is focused on the enterprise market. That’s what Silicon Angle reports.

Kubernetes is the leading open source framework for running software container deployments. Containers, in turn, are growing into the preferred tool of enterprises for building and deploying applications. The technology makes it possible for cloud services to be reversed on different types of infrastructures without the need to modify them.


GKE was initially designed as a service that allows companies to run Kubernetes without having to manage the underlying hardware by hand. With GKE Advanced, Google is extending its mission to simplify day-to-day operations to new areas, including security.

The service includes a tool called GKE Sandbox. This makes it possible to isolate certain containers from the rest of the deployment. It does this by limiting the direct interactions between a container and the virtual machine it runs on. This option offers a valuable advantage: companies can shield all external components that their developers place in applications, to reduce the threat of undiscovered vulnerabilities.

Another security feature in GKE Advanced is Binary Authorization. This tool is basically an advanced filter that automatically prevents new code from being added to a Kubernetes environment unless it has been approved by an authorised developer.

Other functions

The service also includes mechanisms that make it possible to automatically add or remove cloud instances on demand. It is also possible to automatically provide additional processing power and memory for specific containers if required.

Administrators can track hardware usage through a comprehensive set of monitoring functions. GKE Advanced can display usage by department, customer and other categories, making it easier for companies to find inefficiencies.

GKE Advanced will become available alongside the original version of Google’s Kubernetes service. That service is now called GKE Standard.

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