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Google cuts price of Compute Engine and introduces new features

Persistant disks and European datacentres come online
Fri Apr 05 2013, 13:34
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CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER Google has cut the cost of its Compute Engine service in a bid to compete with rival Amazon.

Amazon has become well known for repeatedly cutting the prices of its various cloud computing services and Google has seemingly got the same bug. The firm, which launched its Compute Engine service only nine months ago, is now cutting prices by four percent and offering limited access to the service for any customer that buys its Gold support package.

Google's Compute Engine has been noted for its performance benefits over some of Amazon's services, and the firm has expanded on the various options it offers customers. Google's Compute Engine offers the ability to boot from persistent disk images and the ability to transfer images between Google datacentres, two of which are now located in Europe.

Marc Cohen, a developer programmes engineer at Google also announced the ability for developers to issue blocking gets, updating virtual machine tags and metadata on running Google Compute Engine instances. He also pointed to a preview of an updated administration panel for the service.

Cohen said, "One of our main goals in building Compute Engine is to enable a new generation of applications with direct access to the capabilities of Google's vast computing infrastructure."

However Google's Compute Engine, while competing with Amazon Web Services in a few select areas, has yet to set the world on fire.

Nevertheless, since the firm is cutting prices and outages on Amazon Web Services have been getting some publicity, Google could find more demand for its services. µ


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