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Google Kubernetes Engine Proves To Be One Of The Most Reliable Kubernetes Tools On The Market


Kubernetes was open sourced by Google in 2014 and has since become the de facto standard for deploying and running containerized applications. In the same period, Google launched Kubernetes Engine GKE, one of the most important cloud services today.

Years later, Google continued to dedicate itself to making GKE and Kubernetes the best way to manage container applications. That’s why customers love GKE’s developer-friendliness, outstanding scalability, robustness, and portability. That’s why Google remains the largest engineering contributor to the Kubernetes open source repository, based on its 15 years of experience with containerized applications.

In April of this year, Gartner conducted a scoring study on the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) solution (Solution Scorecard for Google Kubernetes Engine – Published on April 12, 2021- ID G0074204) and GKE scored 92 out of 100 in this study, making it one of the most reliable Kubernetes tools on the market proved to be. This scoring study also takes into account the required, optional, and preferred features classifications in the “Gartner’s 105-point Solution Criteria for public cloud Kubernetes services” report published by Gartner in 2020. Gartner bases this work on manufacturer surveys or briefings, publicly available sources, and surveys, interviews, and interactions with Gartner customers using the Google Kubernetes Engine. As a result, an objective, user experience-based scoring system was created.

In this study, we can see the results of GKE among the required, optional, and preferred features of the features gathered under the five main items in the table below.

The strengths of the GKE solution compared to its competitors are maturity, scalability, life cycle management, strong integration of logging and monitoring functions, and multicluster management it’s coming out. On the other hand, its weak points are File service integration and Worker Node Hardware.


  • GKE covered 92% of required features, 91% of optional features, and 91% of preferred features, scoring an overall score of 92 out of 100.
  • GKE is one of the most mature cloud-based Kubernetes services on the market. Top contributor to open source code for Kubernetes, Google has deep expertise in its architecture and implementation, and GKE offers a simple operational experience, outstanding scalability, and excellent responsiveness for fast cluster provisioning.
  • GKE-based functionality, such as Anthos Config Management by Google, allows users to consolidate policy definitions so that they can be centrally defined in GKE clusters in the cloud and then replicated to running GKE clusters in other locations. This capability is particularly valuable for the scalable management of Kubernetes distributed Kubernetes clusters for hybrid and multicloud deployment, multi-tenancy, or availability purposes.


Infrastructure and operations (I&O) technical professionals responsible for evaluating, comparing and selecting cloud providers should:

  • If your organization doesn’t have deep expertise in Kubernetes and you want to leverage a cloud platform to help deploy Kubernetes clusters as quickly and easily as possible, research GKE.
  • Choose GKE if you are looking for a single platform to orchestrate container applications in the cloud and on-premises and are ready to strategically adopt Google Cloud for container applications.
  • Examine GKE specifically for use cases where many tenants have to share the same Kubernetes infrastructure. GKE offers a number of operational benefits for this scenario, including very high scalability ranges, integrated logging and monitoring functions, usage metering and cost visibility for shared clusters, and multi-cluster management extensions.


Google Kubernetes Engine is a managed container orchestration service for orchestrating container applications with Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google is one of the pioneers of cloud-based container services. Google’s container service GKE became generally available in August 2015. GKE uses Google Compute Engine (GCE) as the underlying infrastructure. Google Container Registry is a private container registry service. Google Cloud also announced Anthos Service Mesh as a managed service mesh.

Launched by Google Cloud in April 2019, Anthos is an application modernization platform for building, deploying, and managing containerized applications. The core components of Anthos are Kubernetes, service mesh and configuration management managed by Google. All Anthos components can also run on-premises (on VMware vSphere), Google Cloud, and AWS or any similar cloud provider to provide a uniform application runtime platform/environment in the cloud and on-premises. All these complementary features that do not oblige the user to any platform, thus providing both automation, flexibility and scalability, distinguish and highlight Google solutions.


Published on: Oct 1, 2021