|Initial release||October 6, 2011|
|Platform||Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Datastore, Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud SQL|
|Type||Cloud Storage, Web Development|
Google Cloud Platform, offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube. Alongside a set of management tools, it provides a series of modular cloud services including computing, data storage, data analytics and machine learning. Registration requires a credit card or bank account details.
A sample of products are listed below; this is not an exhaustive list.
For those familiar with other notable cloud service providers, a comparison of similar services may be helpful in understanding Google Cloud Platform's offerings.
|Google Cloud Platform||Amazon Web Services||Microsoft Azure||Oracle Cloud|
|Google Compute Engine||Amazon EC2||Azure Virtual Machines||Oracle Cloud Infra OCI|
|Google App Engine||AWS Elastic Beanstalk||Azure Cloud Services||Oracle Application Container|
|Google Kubernetes Engine||Amazon EC2 Container Service||Azure Container Service||Oracle Kubernetes Service|
|Google Cloud Bigtable||Amazon DynamoDB||Azure Cosmos DB|
|Google BigQuery||Amazon Redshift||Microsoft Azure SQL Database||Oracle Autonomous DataWarehouse|
|Google Cloud Functions||AWS Lambda||Azure Functions||Oracle Cloud Fn|
|Google Cloud Datastore||Amazon DynamoDB||Cosmos DB|
|Google Cloud Storage||Amazon S3||Azure Blob Storage||Oracle Cloud Storage OCI|
Similar to offerings by by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM, a series of Google Cloud Certified programs are available on the Google Cloud Platform. Participants can choose between online learning programs provided by Coursera or Qwiklabs as well as live workshops and webinars. Depending on the program, certifications can be earned online or at various testing centers located globally.
Today, Google announced that it will be adding three undersea cables, as well as five new Cloud Platform regions, to its infrastructure in 2018. The Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in Q1 2018, while Los Angeles, Hong King and Finland will follow.
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