On day 2 of Google I/O Developers Conference, Google announced their new IaaS or Infrastructure-as-a-Service called Compute Engine. The Google Compute Engine allows users or businesses to run their application on the same infrastructure that is powering Google itself.
According to Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president for Chrome and Apps: “You all now have access to what we have had internally at Google,” and “We can’t wait to see what you all build next.”
Google Compute Engine, GCE for short, is a service like Amazon or Microsoft is offering, except that you will be using the very same infrastructure Google has been using for so many years now. It offers different levels of computing power using Linux Operating System.
According to Michael Crandell, CEO and founder of RightScale: “When you create a Google Compute Engine account and use their resources, they provide a private network, a LAN of sorts that spans different regions. For example, if you set up an architecture to replicate a database from region A to region B, in the Google cloud, you don’t need to traverse the public Internet to do it. You’re using their private network.”
The whole structure of Google Compute Engine is considered as a single network, thus making it easier for building cross-regional architectures. Google will most probably expand Compute Engine to other territories outside the US.
Google Compute Engine offers a faster booting time compared to other system and everything is automatically encrypted in Compute Engine, unlike in Amazon S3 which is optional.
Currently Google is only accepting limited access for new accounts as the Compute Engine is still in the preview phase. You can create a Linux Virtual Machine with an option of 1 core up to 8 cores and 3.75GB RAM per core. For the Virtual Machines, you can choose from Ubuntu 12.04 or CentOS 6.2, both are 64-bit Linux Operatin Systems.
As for Google Compute Engine’s Pricing, below are the details:
CGE Machine Type Pricing
|Configuration||Virtual Cores||Memory||Google Compute Engine Unit (GCEU)||Local disk||Price/Hour||$/GCEU/hour|
CGE Network Pricing
|Egress to the same Zone.||Free|
|Egress to a different Cloud service within the same Region||Free|
|Egress to a different Zone in the same Region (per GB)||$0.01|
|Egress to a different Region within the US||$0.01|
|Inter-continental Egress||At Internet Egress Rate|
Internet Egress (Americas/EMEA destination) per GB
0-1 TB in a month: $0.12
1-10 TB: $0.11
10+ TB: $0.08
Internet Egress (APAC destination) per GB
0-1 TB in a month: $0.21
1-10 TB: $0.18
10+ TB: $0.15
CGE Persistent Pricing
Provisioned space: $0.10 GB/month
Snapshot storage: $0.125 GB/month
IO Operations: $0.10 per million
CGE IP Address Pricing
Static IP address (assigned but unused): $0.01 per hour
Ephemeral IP address (attached to instance): Free
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
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