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Containers in Cloud

A better way to develop and deploy applications.

Everything at Google runs in containers

Containerization helps our development teams move fast, deploy software efficiently, and operate at an unprecedented scale. We’ve packaged over a decade’s worth of experience launching several billion containers per week into Google Cloud so that developers and businesses of any size can easily tap the latest in container innovation.

Top 3 ways to run containers on Google Cloud


Google contributes 10x more code than any other public cloud

Birthplace of Kubernetes, production-grade container orchestration

Built on the learnings from our internal cluster management system Borg, Kubernetes—our open source automated container orchestration project—manages your machines and services for you. Kubernetes improves your reliability and reduces the time and resources you need to spend on DevOps, not to mention relief from the stress attached to these tasks.

Container-native networking

Google provides the Kubernetes Defined Network—a network that is fully integrated with GKE. This means easy-to-use integrations with load balancing, routing, security, and network observability. You also benefit from Google’s global network with multi-cluster networking for the highest level of resilience and availability.

Container-native networking key features in diagrams


zero-trust security framework modeled by Google

Defense in depth for Kubernetes

Google Cloud gives you the ecosystem you need to develop and roll out software faster without compromising security; With GKE, you can uniformly and seamlessly establish policy guardrails and let the system declaratively enforce them for you. You can also easily implement a defense-in-depth architecture with zero trust built into every layer.

The complete container solution

Our modern, end-to-end platform is built on cloud-native principles and prioritizes speed, security, and flexibility in highly differentiated ways. Google Cloud supports your journey, from writing code to running, operating, and managing it.

“Every company should move to Google Kubernetes Engine if they want to be competitive—and they all would if they realized how easy it is to do.”

Brian Morgan, CTO, Catalant
Find your Kubernetes strategy

Kubernetes, anywhere

Kubernetes gives you a consistent platform for all your application deployments, both legacy as well as cloud-native, while offering a service-centric view of all your environments. By decoupling the apps from the underlying infrastructure, Kuberenetes gives you the flexibility to run your services across multiple clouds, on-premises, and even edge locations.

Kubernetes diagram


industry-first 4-way auto scaling with 15K node clusters on GKE

Autopilot your containers on Google

With GKE, the premier Kubernetes solution managed by Google reliability engineers, you can quickly set up your cluster and keep it production ready, highly available, and up to date. GKE integrates seamlessly with all Google Cloud services, including our operations suite, Identity and Access Management, and networking infrastructure.

Container to production in seconds

Write code your way by deploying any code or container that listens for requests or events. Built upon the container and Knative open standards, Cloud Run enables portability of your applications and abstracts away all infrastructure management for a simple, fully managed developer experience.


of users deploy an application on their first try in < 5 mins


14 quadrillion metric points handled by observability platforms

Out-of-the-box logging and monitoring

Observability is available with no configuration through GKE. Logs and metrics automatically flow to Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring where you can perform deep analyses, troubleshoot, set up alerts, create SLOs, and more.