Google Cloud Platform Opens To General Availability With 3 Million Applications, New Pricing And PHP

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Enterprise, Google, GT
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Google announced today at I/O that it made Google
Cloud Platform generally available, marking a
milestone for the cloud community and the real arrival
of a giant to contend with Amazon Web Services
(AWS) and its pay-as-you-go pricing. The service, now with 3 million apps, is now open to
any developer or business. In its post announcing the
news, Google revealed a bit about new pricing,
instance types and other features: Sub-hour billing charges for instances in one-minute increments with a 10-minute minimum, so developers
don’t pay for compute minutes that you don’t use. Shared-core instances provide smaller instance shapes for low-intensity workloads. Advanced Routing features help create gateways and VPN servers and enables developers to build
applications that span local network and Google’s
cloud Large persistent disks support up to 10 terabytes per volume, which Google says translates to 10X the
industry standard
Google also announced a new data store for non-
relational data and availability of a PHP runtime. The new App Engine 1.8.0 includes a limited preview
of the PHP runtime – the top requested feature with
customers. PHP is one of the most popular web
programming languages, running open source apps
like WordPress. According to Google, only whitelisted
applications may be deployed on App Engine if they use the PHP runtime. When the restrictions lift,
Google will nnounce it on the App Engine blog. For a good part of last year, Google had engaged
users in a limited beta of the platform, which allows
developers to run their apps on Linux virtual machines
hosted on Google’s massive infrastructure.
Developers had to either get an invitation or go
through Google’s sales teams to get access to the service. Starting in April, developers who subscribed to
Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package with
24/7 phone support were able to access Compute
Engine without the need to talk to sales or receive an
invitation. Google also announced it dropped its instance prices
by 4 percent (that’s after it already dropped storage
prices by 20 percent last November). Google is emphasizing its cloud platform this year.
There are 25 sessions for the Google Cloud Platform
at Google I/O. Only Chrome and Android have more. Google is increasingly relying on its data-center
infrastructure to attract developers. It offers the APIs
to integrate with apps and now the capability to use
the data centers for compute and storage. That’s an
important shift if Google wants to attract more
developers and compete with the AWS ecosystem.

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