Google is continuing the momentum for Windows on its Cloud Platform (GCP) with adding support for Microsoft's latest version of cloud server operating system "Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition" on Google Compute Engine.
Starting this week, enterprise customers will be able to launch instances with Google Compute Engine VM images with Windows Server 2016 preinstalled. You can also create instances directly from the Cloud Console or by launching a solution for Windows Server from Cloud Launcher.
With this integration, Microsoft Windows server 2016 running on Google's infrastructure, offer customers "dramatic price-to-performance, customizable VM sizes, and state-of-the-art networking and security capabilities" as well customers will be able leverage Server 2016's "advanced multi-layer security, powerful storage and management capabilities and support for Windows containers."
In addition, support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016 with Windows Server 2016 images is available too. More specifically, the following versions in GA are supported today: "Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition, SQL Server Standard 2016 with Windows Server 2016, SQL Server Web 2016 with Windows Server 2016, SQL Server Express 2016 with Windows Server 2016, SQL Server Standard (2012, 2014, 2016) with Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL Server Web (2012, 2014, 2016) with Windows Server 2012 R2, and SQL Server Express (2012, 2014, 2016) with Windows Server 2012 R2."
Additionally, Google notes, SQL Server Enterprise (2012, 2014, 2016) with Windows Server (2012, 2016) will be adding soon.
And, another benefit to customers is the pricing for this new Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 "remains the same as previous versions of both products."
Those interested can receive a free credit of $300 by signing up free trial towards spinning up instances with pre-configured images for Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server and .NET applications.
Additionally, back in August, GCP team had also introduced comprehensive .NET developer solutions by making available a ".NET client library for all Cloud Platform APIs" through NuGet.
These libraries for Cloud Platform APIs are hand-authored and released under open source on GitHub by the Google's cloud team, to which the community continues to collaborate and add features.
To know about how to create a Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server instances on GCP, refer to this documentation.