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Google Compute Engine Now Available for All

Search giant is ushering in the next generation of computing at its Google I/O conference

With over 3 million applications and over 300,000 unique developers now using Cloud Platform in a given month, according to Google Sr. VP Urs Hölzle, it is time to open that infrastructure "and make it available to any business or developer anywhere."   

Blogging in the Google Cloud Platform official blog, Hölzle wrote:

"Over the last fourteen years we have been developing some of the best infrastructure in the world to power Google’s global-scale services....Today, we are introducing improvements to the platform and making Google Compute Engine available for anyone to use."

He went on to detail a few new Compute Engine features that are being introduced:

  • Sub-hour billing charges "for instances in one-minute increments with a ten-minute minimum, so you don’t pay for compute minutes that you don’t use"
  • Shared-core instances that "provide smaller instance shapes for low-intensity workloads"
  • Advanced Routing features to "help you create gateways and VPN servers, and enable you to build applications that span your local network and Google’s cloud"
  • Large persistent disks support up to 10 terabytes per volume, "which translates to 10X the industry standard"




"Our developers inspire us everyday, and we can’t wait to see what you build next," gushed Hölzle, who also noted in his blog entry the introduction of Google Cloud Datastore - a fully managed and schemaless solution for storing non-relational data.

"Based on the popular App Engine High Replication Datastore, Cloud Datastore is a standalone service that features automatic scalability and high availability while still providing powerful capabilities such as ACID transactions, SQL-like queries, indexes and more," wrote Hölzle.

He added:

"Over the last year we have continued our focus on feature enhancement and developer experience across App Engine, Compute Engine, Google BigQuery, Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL. We also introduced Google Cloud Endpoints and Google Cloud Console."

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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