As part of its Google Cloud Platform lineup, Google has recently released its own version of hosted virtual machines to run large-scale compute workloads, à la Amazon's EC2, in limited preview. It's a funny move considering Google's largely SaaS/PaaS strategy of providing products — not infrastructure, or utility IaaS-type computing. Yet, Google might have ulterior motives in mind, and if your organization has been a little reticent to move to on-demand services like App Engine in the past, you might just be playing into Google's plans.Google Compute Engine (GCE) boasts faster compute instance performance, the ability to split thousands of VMs, and lower TCO (total cost of ownership). Furthermore, according to need, users can scale pools of virtual machines up and down, while taking advantage of isolated workloads (your resources performance degradation due to external GCE users), persistent block devices for making standard I/O system calls with Linux device files, and full … [Read more...] about Run Linux VMs on Google Cloud Platform’s Compute Engine
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The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market has exploded in recent years. Google stepped into the fold of IaaS providers, somewhat under the radar. The Google Cloud Platform is a group of cloud computing tools for developers to build and host web applications.It started with services such as the Google App Engine and quickly evolved to include many other tools and services. While the Google Cloud Platform was initially met with criticism of its lack of support for some key programming languages, it has added new features and support that make it a contender in the space. Here's what you need to know about the Google Cloud Platform. Google recently shifted its pricing model to include sustained-use discounts and per-minute billing. Billings starts with a 10-minute minimum and bills per minute for the following time. Sustained-use discounts begin after a particular instance is used for more than 25% of a month. Users receive a discount for each incremental minute used after they reach … [Read more...] about The Google Cloud Platform: 10 things you need to know
In the last year, Google has stampeded toward the enterprise. With advancements in Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, improved security, and incentive pricing; it's obvious that Google is working hard to build out its portfolio of enterprise customers.Another product that Google has been making more accessible to its business customers is its Cloud Platform. While Google has added value with new features, it is still uncertain whether or not it will be able to compete in a market dominated by Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.The Google Cloud Platform is Google's infrastructure-as-a-service where users can host and build scalable web applications. The Cloud Platform is technically a group of tools that cover the gamut of what most people need to build a business online. Currently, these are the tools that make up the Cloud Platform: Google App Engine Google Compute Engine Google Cloud Storage Google Cloud Datastore Google Cloud SQL Google BigQuery Google Cloud Endpoints Google Cloud … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform in the enterprise, can it compete with AWS and Azure?
Google is known for experimenting heavily with new technologies, but it's becoming clear that machine learning is becoming a real value proposition for the search giant.On Thursday, at the Google Cloud Platform Next conference, Google's Julia Ferraioli broke down some of the key announcements that Google made around machine learning the day prior, and how developers could take advantage of them. Machine learning has struggled with a formal definition, but Ferraioli said that Google views it as how developers can add intelligence to their applications. And, using that data and intelligence is growing in importance. "How well you use your data can determine the degree of your success," Ferraioli said. SEE: Machine automation policy guidelines template (Tech Pro Research)Machine learning has long been the realm of a few specialized individuals and used to require education at the PhD level to implement. At its core, machine learning is built on three components: Data, … [Read more...] about How developers can take advantage of machine learning on Google Cloud Platform
As Google continues to position its Google Cloud Platform for enterprise use, three key aspects are leading the company's future investment in the platform: Data centers, security, and container technology.On Thursday, at the 2016 Google Cloud Platform Next conference in San Francisco, Google leaders took the stage at the day two keynote to market existing successes and explain future investments in the platform.Greg DeMichillie, director of the cloud platform for Google, opened the keynote and said that these three components are "the most critical in the evolution of cloud." SEE: Network Security Policy Template (Tech Pro Research)Joe Kava, one of the heads of Google's data center efforts, was the speaker who explained the company's strategy in the data center. Early on, there was a big push in the concept of "your data centers are Google's data centers," likely to position the proposed ease of use that comes with a cloud deployment. One piece of news that was listed in a slide … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform’s 3 keys to the roadmap: Data center, security, containers
When considering Google Cloud Platform, most people will think about how companies are building out websites and backend infrastructure. However, Google is increasingly targeting another kind of development on its platform—IoT.On Wednesday, at the Google Cloud Platform Next conference, Google's head of IoT solutions, Preston Holmes, lead a breakout session explaining how Google approached IoT development and how it wants to support the infrastructure. SEE: The Power of IoT and Big Data (Tech Pro Research)Holmes began by giving his working definition of IoT. While there's no definitive definition of IoT just yet, he said, "IoT is a period of transformation." And, once all these devices get connected, they will no longer be the IoT, they will simply be what we use in our everyday, connected lives. People have been held back from experimenting with IoT because of the complexity involved, Holmes said. For starters, you have to choose a hardware provider, whether … [Read more...] about How Google Cloud Platform supports IoT development
In the cloud platform wars, Google Cloud Platform sits squarely in third place behind Microsoft Azure and AWS, respectively. However, Google has been been making major moves to bolster its offering in an attempt to make itself more competitive in the enterprise.On Wednesday, at the Google Cloud Platform Next conference in San Francisco, Google announced Disney Consumer Products Interactive Media and Coca Cola as the newest customers of the platform. Google has made strides with some enterprise customers, but the platform has primarily been targeting SMBs and startups—even going as far as to offer $100,000+ discounts to help get startups on board. However, it's clear that enterprise customers will be critical in the battle between IaaS and Paas providers. SEE: Power checklist: Managing and troubleshooting cloud storage (Tech Pro Research) In addition to Disney and Coca Cola, Google also recently netted Spotify and Apple as customers of the cloud platform. Add that to … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform signs up enterprise giants, how does it compare to AWS?
From its humble beginning with Google App Engine back in 2008, Google has grown its Google Cloud Platform into one of the premier cloud computing platforms in the market today. While it is still following its top competitors AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google has continued to make investments in Google Cloud Platform that make the product more attractive to big customers.To help CXOs, IT leaders, operations administrators, and developers better understand Google's role as a cloud provider, we've put together the most important details and resources in this smart person's guide. This is a "living" article that will be updated and refreshed as new, relevant information becomes public. SEE: All of TechRepublic's smart person's guides What it is: Google Cloud Platform, as the name implies, is a cloud computing platform that provides infrastructure tools and services for users to build on top of. Why it matters: Google Cloud Platform is regarded as the third biggest cloud provider in … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform: The smart person’s guide
Spotify is largely associated with streaming music and amazing parties, but it is now going a little technical by letting users know something of the technology behind the offerings they enjoy – and this leads to the announcement of a partnership with the Google Cloud Platform team to help Spotify with a platform infrastructure that will make people everywhere at every time access quality cloud music. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Spotify’s VP of Engineering and Infrastructure, Nicholas Harteau, reveals that the company is obsessed with providing users a streaming music experience that gives them access to the music in the world from their phone – and they have always achieved this by “buying or leasing data-center space, server hardware, and networking gear as close to our customers as possible. This approach has allowed us to give you music instantly, wherever you are in the world.”But considering the ever-changing … [Read more...] about Spotify Partners With Google Cloud Platform To Obtain Quality Platform Infrastructure
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. [Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide] "[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 … [Read more...] about Google Compute Engine: Google Cloud Platform’s IaaS Now Available