Google has unveiled GKE Enterprise, an enterprise version of the Google Kubernetes Engine. It builds on existing initiatives to make cloud management easier, such as Anthos in 2019. GKE further integrates with Cloud TPUs v5e, also newly announced, which specialize in running AI workloads.
As a managed service, the premium version of GKE should reduce the cost of Kubernetes management. The application works with Anthos, which has already allowed users to move workloads more easily from cloud to cloud.
Several advanced features are already built into the application, such as service mesh management, security and governance tools and a dashboard to capture all workloads within an organization. Overall, GKE Enterprise is said to provide significant efficiencies: Google cites that customers became 45 percent more productive and da software deployment was found to be 70 percent faster.
Support for Google’s hardware
AI workloads are of significant importance these days, especially since the emergence of generative AI tools in recent months. The new Cloud TPU v5e is specifically designed to run LLMs faster and cheaper than before. Those deploying it through GKE Enterprise can take advantage of autoscaling, workload orchestration and support for up to 15,000 node clusters.
Google is building on its Kubernetes development with GKE Enterprise, which the company came out with in 2014. Since then, the Kubernetes system has become wildly popular and has become the most followed initiative within the CNCF.
Cluster management simplified
It can get pretty complex to manage Kubernetes clusters, which is why Google is now coming up with a new way to make this easier. Managing clusters can now be refined by dividing them hierarchically and managing them collectively. In addition, a central dashboard can determine which policies apply to which clusters and, for example, which default configuration should apply to set up a development environment. Thus, GKE Enterprise removes a lot of manual work up front.
GKE Enterprise will debut in preview form in September.