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Google Cloud Run brings serverless and containers together

Google Cloud Run brings serverless and containers together

During Google Cloud Next, Google announced a new product that brings together serverless and containerization. It’s about Google Cloud Run. It also announced Cloud Run for GKE, which is specifically designed to run on Google’s version of kubernetes.

The products are the result of discussions with customers, says director of product management for serverless Oren Teich to TechCrunch. According to him, developers love the flexibility and agility they get from a serverless architecture, but they look for more than just compute resources. They want access to the full stack, where Cloud Run should help.

Serverless makes developers more flexible because it makes sure they don’t have to worry about servers anymore. The application is not loaded on a specific virtual machine. Instead, the cloud provider provides just enough resources required to run an operation. Once that’s done, the resources go away. As a result, they only pay for what has been used.

“Cloud Run introduces an entirely new product that picks up Docker containers and immediately gives you a URL. This is completely unique in the industry,” says Teich. “Users pay per 100 milliseconds for what they need and the whole thing is managed from start to finish.

GKE tool

The GKE tool offers the same advantages, except that developers run their containers on Google’s GKE version of cubes. After all, developers can also use other versions of kubernetes if their organisation has chosen to do so. So it is not certain that they are using Google’s variant.

Everything about Cloud Run has been made possible by another open source project that Google unveiled last year: Knative. “Cloud Run is based on Knative, an open API and runtime environment that allows you to run your serverless workloads anywhere you want – fully managed on Google Cloud Platform, on your GKE cluster or on your own managed kubernetes cluster,” said Teich.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.