Ushering in the next generation of computing at Google I/O

posted May 17, 2013, 2:53 AM by Unknown user
Over the last fourteen years [Google has] been developing some of the best infrastructure in the world to power Google’s global-scale services. With Google Cloud Platform, [the] goal is to open that infrastructure and make it available to any business or developer anywhere. Today, [Google is] introducing improvements to the platform and making Google Compute Engine available for anyone to use.

Google Compute Engine - now available for everyone 

Google Compute Engine provides a fast, consistently high-performance environment for running virtual machines. Later today, you’ll be able to go online to cloud.google.com and start using Compute Engine. 

In addition, [Google is] introducing new Compute Engine features:
  • Sub-hour billing charges for instances in one-minute increments with a ten-minute minimum, so you don’t pay for compute minutes that you don’t use 
  • Shared-core instances provide smaller instance shapes for low-intensity workloads 
  • Advanced Routing features help you create gateways and VPN servers that enable you to build applications spanning your local network and Google’s cloud 
  • Large persistent disks support up to 10 terabytes per volume, which translates to 10X the industry standard
[Google has] also completed ISO 27001:2005 international security certification for Compute Engine, Google App Engine, and Google Cloud Storage

Google App Engine adds the PHP runtime 

App Engine 1.8.0 is now available and includes a Limited Preview of the PHP runtime - your top requested feature. [Google is] bringing one of the most popular web programming languages to App Engine so that you can run open source apps like Wordpress. It also offers deep integration with other parts of Cloud Platform including Google Cloud SQL and Cloud Storage. 

[Google has] also heard that [they] need to make building modularized applications on App Engine easier. [Google is] introducing the ability to partition apps into components with separate scaling, deployments, versioning and performance settings. 

Introducing Google Cloud Datastore 

Google Cloud Datastore is a fully managed and schemaless solution for storing non-relational data. Based on the popular App Engine High Replication Datastore, Cloud Datastore is a standalone service that features automatic scalability and high availability while still providing powerful capabilities such as ACID transactions, SQL-like queries, indexes and more. 

Over the last year [Google has] continued [their] focus on feature enhancement and developer experience across App EngineCompute EngineGoogle BigQueryCloud Storage and Cloud SQL. [Google has] also introduced Google Cloud Endpoints and Google Cloud Console

With these improvements, [Google has] seen increased usage with over 3 million applications and over 300,000 unique developers using Cloud Platform in a given month. [Google's] developers inspire [the rest of the team] everyday, and [they] can’t wait to see what you build next.

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