Google Unveils IaaS Compute Engine

Joab Jackson June 29, 2012
The Google Compute Engine will offer Linux virtual machines.

Expanding its portfolio of cloud computing services, Google is launching an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) package, called Google Compute Engine (GCE).

"We've heard from many of our customers that not having an IaaS was a barrier to adopting many of our other cloud services," said Urs Hölzle, Google senior vice president of technical infrastructure. 

The service will be available as a limited preview, with access available only through Google's salesforce. The company did not offer an estimate of when the service would be generally available. 

Google will demonstrate the new service during the Google I/O developers conference this week in San Francisco. In a keynote talk Thursday, Hölzle plans to show the service running a single application across 600,000 processor cores. "This will showcase we have the scalability to run very large applications at very high performance," Hölzle said.