Google Container Engine is The Product Version of Kubernetes and It’s Now Live

Still up in the air (if you’ll pardon the metaphor) is the matter of whether a preferred public platform for container deployment will emerge, out of the melee that is today’s market. Wednesday, Google took its next step in its bid to produce “the” container ecosystem, lifting the “beta” tag from its Google Container Engine service.

Container Engine is effectively Google’s public product-ization of Kubernetes as a service. It gives full credit to Docker for popularizing the concept of containers. But it builds a business model not so much around containers as around orchestration.