Google today the beta launch of the for its Cloud Platform. This new service allows developers to host, share and manage their private Docker container repositories on the company’s cloud computing platform.
By default, Docker offers its own so developers can quickly install anything from a basic unadorned Ubuntu machine to servers that have already been set up to run WordPress, mongoDB, Hadoop or virtually any other server package you can think of. Many businesses have no interest in publishing their containers to a public repository, of course. They can run their own private repositories or use services like that offer this feature as a cloud-based service. At its core, that’s what Google’s Container Registry does, too, but with a focus on Google’s own cloud computing platform.
As with all of Google’s Cloud Platform projects in beta, the Container Registry is currently available free of charge and open to all developers.
Here is what Google says the advantages of going with its system are:
- Access control: The registry service hosts your private images in under your Google Cloud Platform project. This ensures by default that your private images can only be accessed by members of your project, enabling them to securely push and pull images through the command line. Container host VMs can then access secured images without additional effort.
- Server-side encryption: Your private images are automatically before they are written to disk.
- Fast and reliable deployment: Your private images are stored in Google Cloud Storage and cached in our datacenters, ready to be deployed to Google Container Engine or Google Compute Engine over Google Cloud Platform’s .
Google made an early bet on Docker, likely because it always used containers as a core feature of its own infrastructure, too. It has heavily invested in open-source projects like , for example, and it launched its dedicated Container Engine service .
It’s worth noting that Amazon its EC2 Container Service . While developers can use it with any third-party Docker registry, Amazon itself does not currently offer a registry service.
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