Google launches Container Engine in a beta

Google's Container Engine is designed to allow developers to move various applications around between cloud providers.

Google on Monday launched a beta of the Google Container Engine, which aims to make it easier to manage containers such as Docker.

The news, timed to coincide with the DockerCon conference this week, highlights how enterprise and cloud big guns are working to support various containers. Containers are a technology that allows for faster application development because developers can build an application and then move it without rewriting code.

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In the enterprise, containers will be critical in hybrid deployments as applications move between on-premise and the cloud.

With the Container Engine, Google also said that it has made its Container Registry generally available. The registry allows developers to store and access containers from a private repository.

In a blog post, Google said its Container Engine is built on Kubernetes, which is an open source container management tool. The general idea is that developers will be able to move their containers around to various cloud providers.

The pricing for Container Engine revolves around Google's Compute Engine. You'll pay for the clusters that house the containers and nodes specified. During the launch phase, there's no additional charge for containers on top of the Compute Engine.