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Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine


What is Google Compute Engine?

Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) product from Google Cloud. It provides virtual machines with carbon-neutral infrastructure which run on the same data centers that Google itself uses.

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  • Operating system support (50)
  • Security controls (50)
  • Pre-defined machine images (49)
  • Pre-configured templates (48)

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Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory

0.000892 / GB


Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory

$0.001907 / GB


One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory

$0.002669 / GB


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Product Demos

Google Compute Engine Load Balancing, a quick introduction


Computing with Google Compute Engine


RouterOS CHR deployment in Google Compute Engine (GCE) demo


Creating Custom Images for Google Compute Engine


Hands on with Load Balancing on Google Compute Engine

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IaaS provides the basic building blocks for an IT infrastructure like servers, storage, and networking, in an on-demand model over the Internet

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Product Details

What is Google Compute Engine?

Virtual machines for any workload

Online VMs on high-performance, reliable cloud infrastructure offered on preset or custom machine types for web servers, databases, or AI.

Includes one e2-micro VM instance, up to 30 GB storage, and up to 1 GB of outbound data transfers free per month.

Preset and custom configurations

Prebuilt samples called Jump Start Solutions can be used to deploy an application in minutes, such as a dynamic website, load-balanced VM, Java application, three-tier web app, or ecommerce web app.

Offers predefined machine types, sizes, and configurations for any workload, from large enterprise applications, to modern workloads (like containers) or AI/ML projects that require GPUs and TPUs.

For more flexibility, a custom machine type between 1 and 96 vCPUs with up to 8.0 GB of memory per core can be created. Also offers many block storage options, from flexible Persistent Disk to high performance and low-latency Local SSD.

Industry-leading reliability

Compute Engine boasts strong single instance compute availability SLA: 99.95% availability for memory-optimized VMs and 99.9% for all other VM families. Offers live migration to maintain workload continuity during planned and unplanned events. When a VM goes down, Compute Engine performs a live migration to another host in the same zone.

Automations and recommendations for resource efficiency

VMs can be added automatically to handle peak load and replace underperforming instances with managed instance groups.

Resources can be manually adjusted using historical data with rightsizing recommendations, or capacity for planned demand spikes can be guaranteed with future reservations. All of Google's latest compute instances (C3, A3, H3) run on Titanium, a system of purpose-built microcontrollers and tiered scale-out offloads to improve infrastructure performance, life cycle management, and security.

Pricing and discounting

Google offers detailed pricing guidance for any VM type or configuration, and a pricing calculator to get a personalized estimate.

To save on batch jobs and fault-tolerant workloads, Spot VMs are offered to reduce costs. Automatic discounts for sustained use are offered, or up to 70% off when signing up for committed use discounts.

Security controls and configurations

Encrypts data-in-use and while it’s being processed with Confidential VMs.

Defends against rootkits and bootkits with Shielded VMs.

Meets compliance standards for data residency, sovereignty, access, and encryption with Assured Workloads.

Google Compute Engine Features

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Features

  • Supported: Dynamic scaling
  • Supported: Elastic load balancing
  • Supported: Pre-configured templates
  • Supported: Pre-defined machine images
  • Supported: Operating system support
  • Supported: Security controls

Google Compute Engine Screenshots

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With thousands of applications, each with different requirements, which VM is right for you?Screenshot of documentation, guides, and reference architectures
Migration Center is Google Cloud's unified migration platform with features like cloud spend estimation, asset discovery, and a variety of tooling for different migration scenarios.

Google Compute Engine Videos

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Google Compute Engine Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) product from Google Cloud. It provides virtual machines with carbon-neutral infrastructure which run on the same data centers that Google itself uses.

Google Compute Engine starts at $0.

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) are common alternatives for Google Compute Engine.

Reviewers rate Dynamic scaling highest, with a score of 8.4.

The most common users of Google Compute Engine are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
  • We were initially struggling to host our applications like the frontend, backend, databases, etc... It helped us with this.
  • As Google computer engines are available in all regions over the globe so, it provide less latency to the customers.
  • We can have a estimated cost analysis before the project starts which gives a better idea of how much to be invested.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Secure and reliable hosting made our company save money by not Taking extra measures
  • Hosting charges are also pretty low so it saved a lot
  • Backing up using snapshot made this process efficient
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • No need to compromise on performance as it is scalable and has very good customer support.
  • Affordable and integrates well with other google services.
  • In large scale deployments optimization can become complex.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Google Compute Engine is very cost effective it provides pay-as-you-go pricing model. This allows us to pay for what we use.
  • Highly scalable. It allows our business quickly to scale up or down based no our demand.
  • Global reach. Google Compute Engine operates in numerous data centers all over the world this eliminates latency and performance of our applications used by our employees globally.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Lowers total cost of ownership
  • Flexible way to add additional compute intensive resources thus improving performance
  • Supports multiple OS images thus making easy to make right technology choices
  • No patch management. The OS are automatically patch managed.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Scalability means flexibility and less upfront costs
  • Can become expensive when hard set compute requirements are clear, but things like Spot VMs can help here too, or just having your own infrastructure and scaling up with Google. This is for more advanced cases though
  • Ramp up time is long, but after that it is quick to do many things and ROI is awesome
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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Utilization of IaaS as an alternative for on-premise infrastructure maintenance
  • Effective utilization of cloud platform adoption with flexible recurring cost consideration
  • Business operation efficiency with premium support care plan available
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Being able to leverage Google's pricing has saved us considerable sums of money
  • Being able to scale up on demand saves our customers a considerable amount of time
  • It acts as a fantastic resource for multi-cloud strategies including backups
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