Google cloud IaaS GA: GCE to rival Azure and Amazon EC2


Google Cloud Engine now 'generally available.'

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) un-betas GCE. Its platform-as-a-service service is ready for prime time, says the company.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers compare it with Microsoft's Azure and AWS's IaaS.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


Here's Joab Jackson, our first alliterative author:

Google is making its IaaS...Google Compute Engine (GCE) available as a full-fledged commercial service. ... Although the company has offered the Google App Engine PaaS...since 2008, Google has been fairly late to the IaaS space. ... GCE competes with Amazon's popular Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service.


GCE offers a Linux virtual machine that could be used in one or more instances to execute workloads. [It] runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses for its own services.  MORE


Speak softly, it's Simon Sharwood secondly:

The service has also been expanded a bit, with Google saying its now ready to offer VMs running “any out-of-the-box Linux well as any kernel or software you like.” ... Support for SUSE and Red Hat Enterprise another addition. That's rather a step up from [just] CentOS and Debian.


There's also a new 16-virtual-core instance with [104] GB of memory if you're so inclined. ... Uptime of 99.95 per cent...under a new service level agreement. ... Ten per cent price cut to all its instance types.  MORE


Lastly, Lydia Leong lies low:

AWS remains the king of this space and is unlikely to be dethroned anytime soon, although Microsoft Windows Azure is clearly an up-and-coming competitor due to Microsoft’s deep established relationships with business customers. ... The barriers to Google moving into mainstream businesses are more of a matter of go-to-market, track record, and an enterprise-friendly way of doing business — [not] technology.


AWS and Google will hopefully goad each other into one-upsmanship, creating a virtuous cycle of introducing things that customers discover they love. ... Google has a tremendous wealth of technological capabilities in-house that it likely can externalize. ... GCE still lags AWS tremendously in terms of breadth and depth of feature set...but it also has aspects that are immediately more attractive for some workloads.


We’re now moving into a second phase of this market, and things only get more interesting from here onwards.  MORE


Google's Ari Balogh calls down early for great hacking in justifable kloudy loveliness, mate: [You're fired -Ed.]

At Google, we have found that regular maintenance of hardware and software infrastructure is critical. ... We’re introducing transparent maintenance that combines software and data center innovations with live migration technology to perform proactive maintenance while your virtual machines keep running. ... Furthermore, in the event of a failure, we automatically restart your VMs and get them back online in minutes.


Today we’re lowering the price of Persistent Disk by 60% per Gigabyte and dropping I/O charges. ... I/O available to a volume scales linearly with size, and the largest Persistent Disk volumes have up to 700% higher peak I/O capability.  MORE


Meanwhile, Alex Williams and Frederic Lardinois crunch the data:

Google is also announcing support for Docker, the increasingly popular tool for creating virtual containers from any application. With Docker, developers can build and test an application on their laptops and then move this container to a production server.


Overall, Google's range of instance types can't quite compete with Amazon's, but today's launch allows it to offer a service for developers with very high demands, which may just keep some of them from moving to Amazon's EC2. [But] Google doesn't offer...GPU instances. Amazon introduced these...optimized for graphics and GPU compute applications, just over a month ago.  MORE

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