Google Kubernetes Engine Made Easy with CloudBolt

GKE Cluster Blueprint: Provision Kubernetes Cluster With Ease

Containers are a rapidly-developing space in IT provisioning that take advantage of their lightweight nature to optimize resource usage and speed up deployment. However, containers also come with new challenges to keep them organized, connected, and stable, that traditional VM management tools can not always address. Many of these challenges are addressed by container orchestrators like Kubernetes: Kubernetes keeps containerized apps networked, helps with scaling, and provides tools for smooth deployments.

The first barrier to starting with Kubernetes is setup. Kubernetes clusters can include hundreds to thousands of connected servers, making management a complex task. This is where Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) comes into play. GKE offers a simple way to provision and manage Kubernetes clusters on the Google Cloud Platform.  Recently, Google announced that they’ve removed the cluster management fee from GKE, making it an ideal time to get started with containers.

To bring CloudBolt’s self-service capabilities to Google Kubernetes Engine, CloudBolt offers a GKE Cluster blueprint in the CloudBolt Content Library. Using CloudBolt and GKE, you can provision a Kubernetes cluster with ease and start deploying your containerized applications using CloudBolt’s Container Orchestration capabilities.

CloudBolt has made the GKE Cluster blueprint simple to use by integrating with your existing Google Compute Engine (GCE) configuration. Any stored GCE credentials in CloudBolt will be reused, and users will only be able to provision clusters in the GCE zones they already have access to. Users will also be able to request the number of nodes they want their cluster to include. Once provisioned, the Kubernetes cluster will automatically be added to CloudBolt’s Container Orchestrators list, enabling users to start deploying containers to it immediately.

CloudBolt Customers: CloudBolt customers can immediately get started with Content Library blueprints. Visit the Catalog page on your CloudBolt appliance and click the cloud icon in the upper-right hand corner. If you have any feedback on this blueprint, or any of our other blueprints, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas – please contact your account executive or submit a support ticket..

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