Google extends European data center offering and now enables developers to deploy applications directly in Europe - and closer to a specific customer base.
The service is now supported via Google's App Engine, Cloud Storage, and Cloud SQL. The Compute Engine will be added "soon," Google said. According to the company, the new feature will enable faster performance and international redundancy.
Additionally, the company announced lower pricing for its Cloud Storage service, which now starts at $0.095 for the first terabyte in the standard tier ($0.07 for reduced availability storage) to $0.07 per GB for customers who require more than 500 TB of capacity. Also new is Object Versioning for data, Persistent Disk Snapshotting to create instant backups, as well as 36 new Compute Engine instance types, along with a price reduction of about 5 percent per instance, Google added.
Especially the ability to store data in a specific region could turn into a critical feature for Google's Enterprise cloud business. Customers can not only leverage more performance, but also make sure that they remain within regional legal limits of their deployed data.
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