Google Cloud Platform
|Initial release||October 6, 2011|
|Platform||Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Datastore, Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud SQL|
|Type||Cloud Storage, Web Development|
Google Cloud Platform, offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube. Alongside a set of management tools, it provides, a series of modular cloud services including computing, data storage, data analytics and machine learning.
A sample of products are listed below, this is not an exhaustive list.
- Google Compute Engine – IaaS providing virtual machines.
- Google App Engine – PaaS for application hosting.
- Bigtable – IaaS massively scalable NoSQL database.
- BigQuery – SaaS large scale database analytics.
- Google Cloud Functions – Currently[when?] in beta testing. FaaS providing serverless functions to be triggered by cloud events.
- Google Cloud Datastore - DBaaS providing a document-oriented database.
- Cloud Pub/Sub - a service for publishing and subscribing to data streams and messages. Applications can communicate via Pub/Sub, without direct integration between the applications themselves.
- Google Storage - IaaS providing RESTful online file and object storage.
Similarity to services by other cloud service providers
For those with familiarity with other notable cloud service providers, a comparison of similar services may be helpful in understanding Google Cloud Platform's offerings.
|Google Cloud Platform||Amazon Web Services ||Microsoft Azure |
|Google Compute Engine||Amazon EC2||Azure Virtual Machines|
|Google App Engine||AWS Elastic Beanstalk||Azure Cloud Services|
|Google Cloud Bigtable||Amazon DynamoDB|
|Google BigQuery||Amazon Redshift||Microsoft Azure SQL Database|
|Google Cloud Functions||Amazon Lambda||Azure Functions|
|Google Cloud Datastore||Amazon DynamoDB||Cosmos DB|
|Google Storage||Amazon S3||Azure Blob Storage|
- April 2008 – Google App Engine was released as a preview.
- May 2010 – Google Cloud Storage launched.
- July 2012 – Google creates the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program.
- October 2012 – shortly after the Amazon outage, Google App Engine experienced a major outage that also affected Tumblr and Dropbox.
- April 2012 – BigQuery, first presented in March, went into General Availability (GA).
- December 2013 – After an 18-month preview Google Compute Engine was released GA.
- February 2014 -Google Cloud SQL was released as GA.
- March 2014 – During the Google Cloud Platform Live, Google announced their biggest price drop affecting all products between a 30% and 85%.
- March 2014 – Google announced Managed Virtual Machines, a new feature to overcome the traditional limitations in Google App Engine.
- February 11, 2016 – Google Cloud Functions announced for preview 
- February 22, 2016 – Google Cloud Dataproc entered general availability.
- October 18, 2016 - Nomulus announced
- Amazon Web Services
- Microsoft Azure
- G Suite
- Infrastructure as a Service
- Platform as a Service
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