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Google Container Engine Adds Automated Node Management, HIPAA Compliance

The latest Kubernetes 1.5 release to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) brings in the full slate of features available in Kubernetes, as well a simplified user experience for cross-cloud federation, support for running stateful applications and automated maintenance of your clusters.

Highlights of this Container Engine release include:

  • Auto-upgrade and auto-repair for nodes simplify on-going management of your clusters
  • Simplified cross-cloud federation with support for the new “kubefed” tool
  • Automated scaling for key cluster add-ons, ensuring improved uptime for critical cluster services
  • StatefulSets (originally called PetSets) in beta, enabling you to run stateful workloads on Container Engine
  • HIPAA compliance allowing you to run HIPAA regulated workloads in containers (after agreement to Google Cloud’s standard Business Associate Agreement).

Last week, Google has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a Gold member to further their commitment to build the most open cloud for all developers and businesses alike, and make it easy for them to build and run great software.

Google notes, this year alone, with Cloud Foundry, they’ve made available to customers the BOSH Google CPI, enable deployment of Cloud Foundry on GCP, and recently released the Open Service Broker API.

“These efforts have led to additional development and integration with tools like Google Stackdriver for hybrid monitoring, and custom service brokers for eight of GCP services,” Google says : “Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud SQL, Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Google Cloud Vision API, Google Cloud Speech API, Google Cloud Natural Language API, and Google Translation API.”

GCP Join Cloud Foundary

In other news, Google has released today “Project Wycheproof,” a set of security tests that check cryptographic software libraries for known weaknesses.

“We’ve developed over 80 test cases which have uncovered more than 40 security bugs (some tests or bugs are not open sourced today, as they are being fixed by vendors),” Google said. For example, “we found that we could recover the private key of widely-used DSA and ECDHC implementations,” google adds.

Also, ready-to-use tools to check Java Cryptography Architecture providers such as Bouncy Castle and the default providers in OpenJDK is made available.

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