Google started Google Cloud Platform as a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure as it end-user products that Google uses for its search engine and YouTube video services. Together with its set of management tools, GCP has a series of integrated cloud services including computing, data storage, data analytics and machine learning. Their first service was launched as a public preview in April 2008 called Google App Engine for 20,000 developers as a tool to run web applications.

 

Google Cloud Platform users can choose from its availability in 17 regions, 52 zones, over 100 points of presence across 35 countries, using 100,000’s of miles of fiber optic cable. Obviously choosing a region and zone nearest to the company is the best choice since it will provide the lowest network latency for you. Although Google only has a 6% share of the cloud computing market, numerous corporations have committed to their infrastructure to GCP such as Apple, Best Buy, PayPal, Coca-Cola, and Sony Music.

 

While Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure constantly push each other to more affordable costs, Google follows its own pricing design and routinely boasts that it offers the most affordable service of the three. However, Google really distinguishes itself with a lot of different services and solutions.

 

Google Cloud Products offers over 90 services including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and serverless computing Functions as a Service (FaaS). Under the Google Cloud brand, here are the areas GCP cover:

 

  • Compute – App Engine, Compute Engine, Kubernetes Engine, and Cloud Functions
  • Storage & Databases – Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, Cloud Datastore, Persistent Disk, and Cloud MemoryStore
  • Networking – Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Cloud Load Balancing, Cloud Armor, Cloud CDN, Cloud Interconnect, Cloud DNS, and Network Service Tiers
  • Big Data – BigQuery, Cloud Dataflow, Cloud Dataproc, Cloud Composer, Cloud Datalab, Cloud Dataprep, Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud Data Studio
  • Cloud AI – Cloud AutoML, Cloud TPU, Cloud Machine Learning Engine, Cloud Job Discovery, Dialogflow Enterprise, Cloud Natural Language, Cloud Speech-to-Text, Cloud Text-to-Speech, Cloud Translation API, Cloud Vision API, and Cloud Video Intelligence
  • Identity & Security – Cloud Identity, Cloud IAM, Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy, Cloud Data Loss Prevention API, Security Key Enforcement, Cloud Key Management Service, Cloud Resource Manager, Cloud Security Command Center, Cloud Security Scanner, and Access Transparency
  • Management Tools – Stackdriver, Cloud Deployment Manager, Cloud Console, Cloud Shell, Cloud Console Mobile App, and Cloud APIs
  • Developer Tools – Cloud SDK, Container Registry, Container Builder, and Cloud Test lab
  • API Platform and Ecosystems – Maps Platform, Apigee API Platform, API Monetization, Developer Portal, API Analytics, Apigee Sense, and Cloud Endpoints
  • Data Transfer – Google Transfer Appliance, Cloud Storage Transfer Service, and Google BigQuery Transfer Service
  • Productivity Tools – G Suite, Hire, Chrome, and Android
  • Professional Services – Consulting, Technical Account Management, Training, Certification, and more
  • Internet of Things (IoT) – Cloud IoT Core, Edge TPU, and Cloud IoT Edge

 

Google Cloud Platform benefits:

  • Lower pricing than AWS and Azure
  • Fast Performance
  • Fast Global Network
  • Expanding Infrastructure and Services
  • Live Migration
  • Multiple Region Backups
  • Security Model Based from Google Experience