Virtual-machine service completes beta testing
Google has finally completed invite-only beta trials of its Compute Engine service, bringing lower prices and new features for the wider rollout. As part of the Google Cloud Platform, which competes with Windows Azure and Amazon EC2 offerings, the service provides access to virtual machines that can be scaled to suit a wide range of applications.
Introduces Amazon Glacier-style backup system
Google has updated the pricing for its cloud computing services, with the new costs representing a drop of about 20 percent compared to what they were previously. The changes come in just before Amazon holds its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, a developer event focusing on Amazon Web Services and cloud computing.
Compute Engine takes aim at Amazon EC2 service
Google has introduced its "infrastructure-as-a-service" offering during its second-day keynote at the I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Named Google Compute Engine, the product will give businesses and institutions access to the Google datacenter infrastructure to handle large-scale computing tasks, with the ability to scale thousands of Linux virtual machines, in a move that directly competes with Amazon's EC2 and Microsoft's Azure.