Google Compute Engine Drops Out Of Beta
Gabriel Roşu / 5 years ago
Google, the company well-known for keeping products in beta for the longest time, has just announced that its Infrastructure as a Service offering, Google Computer Engine, has gone into “general availability”.
Besides the announcement, Google is also dropping its pricing by a not insignificant 10% in all regions for the most popular compute instances and a whopping 60% in the case of persistent disk storage. GCE has only been in beta for a little over 12 months, such a short time to GA indicates the seriousness with which Google approaches this market, and the fear it has of rival such as Amazon Web Services.
The GCE was supported only in Debian and CentOS, but the company has announced that developers will be able to use any standard Linux distribution, including SELinux and CoreOS as well as SUSE, FreeBSD and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Google has also announced that it is beginning support for Docker, the workload portability tool that has gained massive attention in the few months since it was announced. Docker allows developers to build applications in a local environment and then move their application“container”to a production infrastructure location, allowing them to move their applications easily between different IaaS vendors.
Finally, Google has introduced some new instance types. The three new 16-core instance types look like a direct response to a similar announcement by AWS recently aimed at giving high-performance workloads a turbo server to run on.
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