Google Cloud Platform is a suite of public cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for Search, Gmail, YouTube and other high-traffic, global-scale products for end users. It includes a set of management tools; a series of modular cloud services such as computing, data storage, networking, Big Data analytics and machine learning; and a range of hosted services for compute, storage and application development. Google Cloud Platform services can be accessed by software developers, cloud administrators and IT professionals over the public Internet or through a dedicated network connection.
The core cloud computing products in Google Cloud Platform include: Google Compute Engine, for hosting virtual machine instances; Google App Engine, for software developers; Google Cloud Storage, for storing large, unstructured data sets; and Google Container Engine, for managing and orchestrating containers that run within Google’s public cloud. Like other public cloud service providers, most Google Cloud Platform services follow a pay-as-you-go model with no upfront payments, and users only pay for the cloud resources they consume. Specific terms and rates may vary among services.
Google Cloud Platform offers ready-to-go development stacks, cloud solutions and services to accelerate application development. For example, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can be deployed on the Google Cloud Launcher and containerized for app building. With SAP on the Google Cloud Platform, machine learning services and APIs for speech, text, image, translation and more can help companies build intelligent applications. Google Cloud also makes SAP HANA express edition available to developers in an on-demand deployment model running on SUSE.