Google on Thursday announced Compute Engine, a cloud-computing service that allows businesses to run their applications on servers in the tech giant's data center.
Google Compute Engine is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service
product that lets potential users run Linux Virtual
Machines (VMs) on the same infrastructure that powers
Google - high performing, scalable data centers placed
around the world.
The Compute Engine allows users to launch Linux VMs
on-demand and offer 1, 2, 4 and 8 virtual core VMs with
3.75GB RAM per virtual core. Storage option sinclude local
disks, Google's new persistent block device, or Google's
Internet-scale object store, Google Cloud Storage. VMs are
connected toether using Google's high-performance network
technology to form compute clusters and manage connectivity
to the Internet with configurable firewalls. Users can
connect their virtual machines to the Internet with
either static IP addresses or ephemeral addresses that are
assigned to their machines. The VMs can be configured and
controlled via a scriptable command line tool or web UI.
Alternatively, users can also create their own dynamic
management system using Google's API.
The new service promises to offer its clients scalability -
users can aunch enormous compute clusters, performance and
value, as Google's data centers allows Google Compute
Engine to provide 50% more compute for money. Google will
offer a free package of the service, along with 'Paid'
and a 'Premier' versions. For pricing details visit http://cloud.google.com/pricing/
At launch, Google has worked with a number of partners -
such as RightScale, Puppet Labs, OpsCode, Numerate, Cliqr
and MapR - to integrate their products with Google Compute
Engine. These companies offer management services that make
it easy for Google's clients to move their applications to
the cloud and between different cloud environments.
With the new service, Google is targeting Amazon's web services as well as Microsoft's Azure, which has the advantage of allowing developers and customers to host Linux and Windows Server, as well as applications (including SharePoint Server and SQL Server in these VMs).