Amazon launched its cloud computing service in 2006. 2 years later, Google got in the game with its own cloud service. In April 2008, Google announced a preview release of App Engine, a developer tool that allowed users to run their web applications on Google infrastructure. The goal of App Engine was to:
“make it easy to get started with a new web app, and then make it easy to scale when that app reaches the point where it’s receiving significant traffic and has millions of users.”
In an effort to gain feedback and make improvements on this preview release, App Engine was made available to 10,000 developers on a first-come, first-served basis. Developers could run apps within the following parameters: 500 MB of storage, 200 million megacycles of CPU per day, and 10 GB of bandwidth per day.
Finally, in November 2011, Google pulled App Engine out of preview mode and dubbed it an official, fully supported Google product. 10 years after the release of this first product, Google has added many more services under the Google Cloud Platform umbrella. It has become one of the top public cloud vendors in the world. Big name companies like Snapchat, Airbnb, Zillow, Bloomberg, and PayPal use services provided by the Google Cloud Platform. But, why is Google Cloud Platform such a popular public cloud vendor?
- Security: Google’s security model goes the extra mile with scalable infrastructure and innovation capabilities to help keep your organization secure and compliant.
- Support: Each and every GCP customer gets basic support for free. If you need extra help, you can upgrade to a premium support package and get greater access to support engineers.
- Reputation: It’s Google. Enough said.
- Flexibility: Brian Stevens, Google Cloud’s CTO, said, “we are entering a future marked by openness and interoperability” and Google is at the forefront.
- Analytics: Data is behind everything Google does.
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