New DRA, Pricing and Extended European Datacenters Support Introduced to Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform consists of products such as Google App Engine, Cloud Storage, Big Query, Compute Engine and others--received new features, lower prices, extending European datacenters today.Here is what's new?Google reduced the price of standard Google Cloud Storage by over 20% and also introduced a limited preview of Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) storage. "DRA storage […]

Google Cloud Platform consists of products such as Google App Engine, Cloud Storage, Big Query, Compute Engine and others--received new features, lower prices, extending European datacenters today.

Here is what's new?

Google reduced the price of standard Google Cloud Storage by over 20% and also introduced a limited preview of Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) storage.

"DRA storage lowers prices by reducing some data availability, while maintaining the same latency performance and durability as standard Google Cloud Storage. DRA achieves cost savings by keeping fewer redundant replicas of data. Unlike other reduced redundancy cloud storage offerings, DRA is implemented in a manner that maintains data durability so you don't have to worry about losing your data in the cloud," google explains.

Lower Google Cloud Storage prices and new Durable Reduced Availability (DRA) Storage

And, "Object Versioning" introduced today help automatically keep a history of old versions of data. "It can also be use to help protect against deleting or overwriting your data by mistake or due to an application error."

Also, 36 additional instance types announced today to the Google Compute Engine along with the reduce pricing of the original 4 standard instances by about 5% for the currently available Limited Preview of Compute Engine.

European Datacenter support now help customers deploy their applications, data and virtual machines to European Datacenters using Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud SQL and (soon) Google Compute Engine.

36 New Compute Engine instance types and overall reduced prices

Finally, Persistent Disk Snapshotting announced today, "making it simple to instantly create a backup of your disk, move it around Google datacenters, and use the snapshot to start up a new VM."

You can find out more about the new cloud Storage princing here and abou the Compute Engine Instances here.

And, to sign up, visit this site.

Google says following will be available in the next coming weeks:

  • "High Memory Instance - High performance instances tailored for applications that demand large amounts of memory.
  • High CPU Instance - Reduced cost option when applications don't require as much memory.
  • Diskless Configurations - Lower cost options for applications that do not require ephemeral disk and can exclusively utilize persistent disk," blogged google.