Google Cloud Platform Unveils New Developer Tools, Services

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-06-26 Print this article Print
Google Cloud Platform

The tech giant is often adding new services and tweaking its Google Cloud Platform for users and developers.

Earlier this month, Google announced that it is experimenting with a new method to drastically speed up the transfer of large data sets on the company's cloud storage platform. The process, called Online Cloud Import for Google Cloud Storage, is now in limited preview mode for selected customers to use and test as the system is refined. Interested customers can sign up to participate in the limited preview. Users can configure their desired synchronization by employing a set of advanced filters based on file-creation dates, filename filters and the times of day they prefer to import data. Once the data is synchronized, users will receive an email notification with complete details about the process.

In April 2014, Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform services to the Asia-Pacific region as it moves to expand the reach of its cloud services to more developers around the world. The new service availability means that the Google Cloud Platform Website and the developer console will also be available in Japanese and Traditional Chinese.

Earlier in April, Google unveiled new lower pricing for Google Cloud Platform customers through "Sustained Use Discounts" that the company made available to users who run large projects on virtual machines. Under the new pricing scheme, users will save more as they use more virtual machines in the Google Cloud.

In March 2014, the company introduced a new Google APIs Client Library for .NET and improved documentation for using third-party Puppet, Chef, Salt and Ansible configuration-management tools, according to an eWEEK report. The new Google APIs Client Library for .NET is an open-source effort, hosted at NuGet, that lets developers building on the Microsoft .NET Framework integrate their desktop or Windows Phone applications with Google's services. The library includes more than 50 Google APIs for Windows developers.

Also released in March was a new Google paper, "Compute Engine Management with Puppet, Chef, Salt, and Ansible," which provides information for Google Cloud Platform developers who want to use configuration-management tools such as those from Puppet, Salt, Chef and Ansible.

In October 2013, Google replaced its old Google API Console with a new, expanded and redesigned Google Cloud Console to help developers organize and use the more than 60 APIs offered by Google.

Also in October, the company released several technical papers to help cloud developers learn more about the development tools it offers through its Google Compute Engine services. The papers, including "Overview of Google Compute Engine for Cloud Developers" and "Building High Availability Applications on Google Compute Engine," offer insights and details about how the platform can be used and developed for business applications.


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