Google Cloud Platform Now Available to Asia Pacific Customers

With growing business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, Google has expanded the availability of the Google Cloud Platform to encourage developers there to use it for new apps and innovations.

Google is now making its Google Cloud Platform services available in the Asia Pacific region as it moves to expand the reach of its cloud services to more developers around the world.

The expansion was announced by Howard Wu, head of Asia Pacific marketing for Google Cloud Platform, in an April 14 post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog. "Now, more developers in Asia Pacific can experience the speed and scale of Google's infrastructure with the expansion of support for Cloud Platform," wrote Wu. "Today we switched on support for Compute Engine zones in Asia Pacific, as well as deploying Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL."

That means that developers there will have access to Google's latest cloud technology, he wrote, including Andromeda—the code name for Google's network virtualization stack—as well as transparent maintenance with live migration and automatic restart for Compute Engine.

The new service availability means that the Google Cloud Platform Website and the developer console will also be available in Japanese and Traditional Chinese, wrote Wu. "These Websites have updated use cases, documentation and all sorts of goodies and tools to help local developers get started with Google Cloud Platform. Developers interested in learning more about Google Cloud Platform can join one of the Google Cloud Platform Global Roadshow events coming up in Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul or Hong Kong."

The Cloud Platform expansion in Asia Pacific "is in line with our increasing investment in the region and our commitment to developers around the world," wrote Wu.

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

Earlier in April, Google unveiled new lower pricing for Google Cloud Platform users 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, Google 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.

Earlier 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, "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 users.

In September 2013, Google unveiled its second version update of the Google App Engine since August, with the latest release 1.8.4, including a host of features that the company says will make it more flexible and simpler for developers to use for their applications. Included in 1.8.4 is support for Dynamic Web Projects in Eclipse to better support Google Cloud Endpoints and App Engine Backends, as well as fixes for several bugs. One other important new feature is the ability of Google App Engine to handle differential snapshots of a Google Compute Engine persistent disk so that only the most recently changed data is updated.

The August 2013 launch of the previous App Engine 1.8.3 was also accompanied by deeper features for Google Compute Engine and the Google Cloud Datastore as the search giant continues to add functions and robustness to the Google Cloud Platform. The new tools included Layer 3 load balancing for Google Compute Engine and improvements to the PHP runtime in the latest Google App Engine release. The Layer 3 load-balancing capabilities were a key addition in the Google Compute Engine, to provide Google-scale throughput and fault tolerance to manage Internet applications.