Source: A developer onramp to Kubernetes with GKE from Google Cloud
In the four years since we launched Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), it has become a fast favorite among enterprises running large container-based applications in production. But even the biggest, most mission-critical system was once just a prototype, and even the largest organization was once just a startup.
If your application is just getting off the ground there are a lot of reasons you should develop and run it on GKE. Starting with Kubernetes means you’re using the industry-standard container orchestrator, which is able to handle your app’s growth in traffic and complexity. With GKE, you can go from serving your containers in a single-host cluster to a ten-thousand core deployment in just a few clicks. And since it’s Kubernetes, it can handle all the complex requirements you throw at it, like high availability and support for stateful applications.
Today, we are announcing a set of tools and resources to make it much easier—and more affordable—to run small environments of up to four nodes on GKE.
To begin with GKE, check out these great tutorials and this quickstart. You can also use our $300 free credits to get started with GKE. Then, in the coming weeks, watch this space for a series of developer-focused blog posts on how to get even more out of the Kubernetes experience with GKE.
1. 1x g1-small node with Load Balancing compared to a 1x g1-small using kubehost