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Google provides its managed Kubernetes service GKE with an update of support for Windows Server Containers. Improvements were announced during the first day of the KubeCon EU conference, reports ZDNet.

Google will offer the Windows Server Containers in Kubernetes 1.14 on GKE from June. The Kubernetes community has worked closely with Microsoft to support Windows. In March, Windows Servers Containers running on Windows nodes were named as a stable feature in Kubernetes 1.14. This turned out to be significant news for enterprises that want to modernize existing applications and move them to cloud-native technology.

Rapid channel

In addition, new release channels for GKE were announced, which will be available in alpha as of this month. Customers can sign up for the Rapid, Regular or Stable channel to automatically upgrade their clusters at a speed that meets their requirements. Clusters are only upgraded to versions offered in their channels. That way, customers have to find the level of stability they need.

Customers can now sign up for the Rapid Channel, which is intended for early testers and developers who need new features. The channel should offer new releases about once a week. If a minor version has shown stability in the Rapid channel, it will be continued to the Regular channel. Subscribers can expect new releases every few weeks.

The Stable channel gets a new release about every month.

GKE Advanced

In April, Google announced a new version of its Kubernetes service with security and automation features: GKE Advanced. GKE Advanced includes a GKE Sandbox, which makes it possible to isolate certain containers from the rest of the deployment. As a result, companies can shield all the external components that their developers place in applications to reduce the threat of undetected vulnerabilities.

It also includes the managed Kubernetes service from the tech giant Advanced Binary Authorization, which is an advanced filter that automatically prevents new code from being added to a Kubernetes environment. This is only done if the code has been approved by an authorized developer.

GKE Advanced appeared next to the original version of the Kubernetes service, which is called GKE Standard.

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