Google announced that it eliminated the cluster management fee for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). This move makes running containerized workloads in Google Cloud Platform cheaper.
Before the price cut, customers were paying $0.15 per hour per node for clusters running more than six nodes. Google offered the management of first six nodes for free but charged for the additional nodes, which translated to an extra cost of $110 per month per each node added to the cluster. Starting today, customers can launch any number of nodes without having to pay the management fee. However, they will still incur the cost of running the VMs as per Google Compute Engine’s pricing model.
This announcement comes ahead of AWS re:Invent where Amazon is expected to announce its managed Kubernetes service based on EC2 Container Service.
In October 2017, Microsoft launched Azure Container Service for Kubernetes (AKS) with no additional charges for cluster management. Customers are expected to pay only for Azure VMs that run Kubernetes nodes.
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