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By Navneet Joneja, Product Manager

Cross-posted from the Google Cloud Platform Blog

Last year we announced Google Compute Engine to enable any business or developer to use Google’s infrastructure for their applications. Now we’re taking the next step: Google Compute Engine is open to everyone in preview, and you can sign up online now.

Over the past year, we’ve launched several features and made significant improvements behind the scenes. We’re now announcing several new capabilities that make it easier and more economical to use Compute Engine for a broader set of applications.

  • Sub-Hour Billing: We heard feedback from our early users who wanted more granular billing increments so they could run short-lived workloads. Now all instances are charged for in one-minute increments with a ten-minute minimum, so you don’t pay for compute minutes that you don’t use.
  • New shared-core instance types: Compute Engine’s new micro and small instance types are designed as a cost-effective option for running small workloads that don’t need a lot of CPU power, like development and test workloads.
  • Larger Persistent Disks: We’re increasing the size of Persistent Disks that can be attached to instances by up to 8,000%. You can now attach up to 10 terabytes of persistent disk to a Compute Engine virtual machine, giving you plenty of persistent storage for a wide variety of applications.
  • Advanced Routing Capabilities: Compute Engine now supports software-defined routing capabilities based on our broad SDN innovation. These capabilities are designed to handle your advanced network routing needs like configuring instances to function as gateways, configuring VPN servers and building applications that span your local network and Google’s cloud.
  • ISO 27001 Certification: We’ve also completed ISO 27001:2005 certification for Compute Engine, App Engine, and Cloud Storage to demonstrate that these products meet the international standard for managing information security.

To get started, go to the Google Cloud Console, select Compute Engine and click the “New Instance” button.

Fill out the required information and click “Create” on the right hand side. Your new virtual machine will be ready to use in about a minute.

To all of our customers who helped us evolve the product over the past months, thank you; your feedback has helped shape Compute Engine. To those of you who have been eager to try Compute Engine, the wait is over and you can sign up for Compute Engine online today.


Navneet Joneja loves being at the forefront of the next generation of simple and reliable software infrastructure, the foundation on which next-generation technology is being built. When not working, he can usually be found dreaming up new ways to entertain his intensely curious three-year-old.

Posted by Scott Knaster, Editor