INTERNET SERVICES OUTFIT Google is mounting another competitive campaign against Amazon and other cloud service vendors by launching the Google Computation Engine.
Google's two-pronged attack on Amazon started with its cut-price Nexus 7 tablet that looks to have the measure of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet simply by being available outside of the US. Now Google has gone after Amazon's cloud services by launching the Google Compute Engine offering a cloud computing service.
Google's Compute Engine offers users the ability to spin up Linux virtual machines with one, two, four or eight cores, with each core having access to 3.75GB of RAM. Google said that users can store data on a local disk or on its Google Cloud Storage service.
While Google gave out details on processor and RAM configuration it didn't say anything about network connectivity within the cloud, something that is very important for firms that depend on other Google services. Nevertheless, with Amazon's cloud services having had a number of widely publicised downtime incidents, firms might look to Google as a viable alternative that has a strong track record of providing reliable internet services.
Google said it will put the Google Compute Engine into a limited preview, however the firm revealed pricing for the service that compares well to Amazon's EC2 pricing. However Amazon has been known to aggressively cut EC2 pricing in the past, and it might have to do so again to keep some of its customers in the face of Google's competition. µ