Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform
Developer(s) Google Inc.
Initial release October 6, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-10-06)
Development status Active
Written in
Platform Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Datastore, Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud SQL
Type Cloud Storage, Web Development
License Proprietary

Google Cloud Platform is a cloud computing service by Google that offers hosting on the same supporting infrastructure that Google uses internally for end-user products like Google Search and YouTube.[1] Cloud Platform provides developer products to build a range of programs from simple websites to complex applications.[2][3]

Google Cloud Platform is a part of a suite of enterprise services from Google Cloud[disambiguation needed] and provides a set of modular cloud-based services with a host of development tools. For example, hosting and computing, cloud storage, data storage, translations APIs and prediction APIs.[2]


Similarity to services by other cloud service providers

For those with familiarity 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 [5] Microsoft Azure [6]
Google Compute Engine Amazon EC2 Azure Virtual Machines
Google App Engine AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Bigtable Amazon DynamoDB
BigQuery Amazon Redshift
Google Cloud Functions Amazon Lambda Azure Functions
Google Cloud Datastore Amazon DynamoDB


  • April 2008 - Google App Engine was released as a preview.[7]
  • May 2010 - Google Cloud Storage launched.[8]
  • July 2012 - Google creates the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program.[9]
  • October 2012 - shortly after the Amazon outage, Google App Engine experienced a major outage that also affected Tumblr and Dropbox.[10]
  • April 2012 - BigQuery, first presented in March, went into General Availability (GA).[11]
  • December 2013 - After an 18-month preview Google Compute Engine was released GA.[12]
  • February 2014 -Google Cloud SQL was released as GA.[13]
  • March 2014 - During the Google Cloud Platform Live, Google announced their biggest price drop affecting all products between a 30% and 85%.[14]
  • March 2014 - Google announced Managed Virtual Machines, a new feature to overcome the traditional limitations in Google App Engine.[15]
  • February 11, 2016 - Google Cloud Functions announced for preview [16]
  • February 22, 2016 - Google Cloud Dataproc entered general availability.[17]
  • October 18, 2016 - Nomulus announced

See also


  1. ^ "Why Google Cloud Platform". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b "Google Cloud Platform". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Google Cloud Products". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Google Cloud Functions Documentation". Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "Map AWS services to Google Cloud Platform products". Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Map Microsoft Azure services to Google Cloud Platform products". Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Introducing Google App Engine + our new blog". Google Developer Blog. 2008-04-07. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "Google To Launch Amazon S3 Competitor 'Google Storage' At I/O". Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "Introducing the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program: Helping businesses move to the cloud". Google Enterprise Blog. 2012-07-24. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Whoopsie! Google App Engine goes down". GigaOM. 2012-10-26. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Google opens up its BigQuery data analytics service to all". GigaOM. 2012-04-01. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Google Compute Engine is now Generally Available with expanded OS support, transparent maintenance, and lower prices". Google Developers Blog. 2013-12-02. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Google Cloud SQL now Generally Available with an SLA, 500GB databases, and encryption". Google Cloud Platform Blog. 2014-02-11. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Google Cloud Platform Live - Blending IaaS and PaaS, Moore's Law for the cloud". Google Cloud Platform Blog. 2014-03-25. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Bringing together the best of PaaS and IaaS". Google Cloud Platform Blog. 2014-03-27. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Google has quietly launched its answer to AWS Lambda". 
  17. ^ "Google Cloud Dataproc managed Spark and Hadoop service now GA". 

External links

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