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Google Compute Engine: Google Cloud Platform's IaaS Now Available

Google Compute Engine: Google Cloud Platform's IaaS Now Available
Google Compute Engine offers powerful virtual machines on Google's infrastructure. / Credit: Clouds image via Shutterstock

There's a new cloud contender in town, and it features high performance, lower prices and a very recognizable name.

Google announced today (Dec. 3) the "general availability" of Google Compute Engine (GCE), an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product on the Google Cloud Platform. After running an 18-month preview mode, GCE is now commercially available for running large-scale workloads that fit businesses' needs on virtual machines hosted on Google's infrastructure.

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"[GCE] offers virtual machines that are performant, scalable, reliable and offer industry-leading security features like encryption of data at rest," wrote Ari Balogh, vice president of Google Cloud Platform on Google Developers Blog.

GCE's monthly service level agreement (SLA) includes a 99.95 percent availability, 24/7 support and several new post-beta features:

  • Expanded operating system support allowing IT administrators to run any out-of-the-box Linux distribution, kernel or software.
  • Transparent maintenance and live migration technologies that provide virtual machines with regular updates and proactive maintenance that do not require downtime and reboots.
  • Automatic restart in the event of a failure, with uptime in minutes.
  • New 16-core instances with 104GB of RAM for greater power and memory.
  • Faster, cheaper Persistent Disks for strong, consistent, more scalable performance.
  • Affordability with 10 percent lower prices on the most popular standard GCE instances.

GCE's growing list of clients include Snapchat, Evite, Cooladata, Medelics and DIY website builder Wix.

"We’ve been working to improve the developer experience across our services to meet the standards our own engineers would expect here at Google," Balogh wrote. "We’re looking forward to this next step for Google Cloud Platform as we continue to help developers and businesses everywhere benefit from Google’s technical and operational expertise."

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.