Developers can design their own compute instances in Google's cloud

A new feature lets users pick how many CPUs and how much memory they put in an instance

Google made a big move to woo developers Wednesday, announcing that they can create compute instances with custom configurations of virtual CPUs and memory on the company's cloud platform.

The company calls its new feature Custom Machine Types, and it allows users to essentially build their own compute instance to fit an application's needs. Instances can have between 1 and 32 vCPUs, incremented by even numbers of processors. To that, developers can add up to 6.5GiB of memory per vCPU in an instance (1GiB, or gibabyte, is equivalent to approximately 1.074GB, or gigabytes.)

Using that feature means that users can set up a custom machine with 12 vCPUs and 45GiB of memory that sits in between two existing instance offerings that Google already has available.

Being able to create custom instance types lets developers create a configuration that works best for their applications, without paying for extra capabilities. For example, Google estimates that the custom instance laid out above would cost $321.75 a month, compared to $408.80 per month for its standard counterpart with more capacity. 

Right now, custom instances can only run Debian, CentOS, CoreOS, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu, though Google Product Manager Sami Iqram said in a blog post that the company will support additional operating systems in the future. 

Letting users set up their own instance types is a powerful pricing move from Google, since its major competitors in the cloud market only let users pick from a limited menu of different instance types. Rather than building their ideal configuration, users have to pick one of the preset ones that works right for them. 

Making a move like this makes sense for Google, since the company lags behind its key competition from Amazon and Microsoft. It could help attract price-conscious users who have to worry about keeping their cloud budgets fully under control. 

Wednesday's announcement isn't the first time that Google has pushed user-friendly pricing for its cloud products in an attempt to woo users away from its competitors. The company also offers sustained usage pricing that gives users discounts for running a virtual machine for more than 25 percent of a month. Google also charges for compute resources by the minute, which means that as soon as users stop running a workload, they stop getting charged. 

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Google

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?