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Google Drops Cluster Management Fee From Its Managed Kubernetes Service Offering

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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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.