Google announced today at I/O that it made Google Cloud Platform generally available, marking a milestone for the cloud community and the real arrival of a giant to contend with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its pay-as-you-go pricing.
The service, now with 3 million users, is now open to any developer or business. In its post announcing the news, Google revealed a bit about new pricing, instance types and other features:
Sub-hour billing charges for instances in one-minute increments with a 10-minute minimum, so developers 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 create gateways and VPN servers and enables developers to build applications that span local network and Google’s cloud
Large persistent disks support up to 10 terabytes per volume, which Google says translates to 10X the industry standard
Google also announced a new data store for non-relational data and availability of a PHP runtime.