Google announces Google Compute Engine - virtual Linux servers in the Google cloud

Ever need more processing power than you currently have? Google has announced a solution for that problem with Google Compute Engine. The service was rumored to arrive this week at Google I/O, and we're glad to see it. Granted, you probably won't need something of this scale for your personal needs, but if you need "big iron" to run your apps (the demo was mapping the human genome with 600,000 CPU cores!). 

This is all done with virtual Linux servers running in Google's cloud. The hardware itself stays in some data center facility, and users (that's folks like you and me) log in remotely and do things like perform heavy math, run huge databases, or build Android ROMs. Virtual servers can do anything you could do locally.

The one thing missing here is the price. Google promises these will be competitive, but didn't throw out any numbers just yet. This isn't surprising, as an enterprise service like this is usually negotiated a bit. What we do know is that this will put Google directly in competition with Amazon on a whole new level, and we're excited to see how competition drives innovation!

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Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

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  • They have pricing here:
  • "What we do know is that this will put Google directly in competition with Amazon on a whole new level" Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm pretty sure Amazon has nothing remotely like this.
  • Ah. I stand corrected. I guess I was missing something. lol
  • Yeah, some months back the Amazon Cloud failed and a lot of webs where offline for some time..
  • All 7 people interested in this are rejoicing. Probably most of them are working for universities. Costs about 20 cents per hour to run one processor flat out (14 cents for the machine and 5 cents per "compute unit". (Add in more for network traffic and persistent storage). Taking round bald number for average "heavy" computer use you can assume about 250-500 watts per hour for a headless workstation doing lots of IO and computations (Like compiling Linux or Android from source etc.) So 1/4 to 1/5 kwh for a typical dual core machine. US Average price per KWH = 11.5 cents. So if you HAVE the machines laying around, you are still better off using your own machines. But if you need a LOT of machines, this is still a pretty good deal, because for just a little more than twice the price of power alone you get the equivalent of a new machine pre-installed with Linux and ready to go.
  • virtual Linux servers for Google cloud = yes?
    Gdrive for linux = no?
    Seriously, Google why you do that?