New Google Stackdriver Pricing Includes Pay as You Go Option

Today’s topics include Google announcing new pricing for its Stackdriver cloud monitoring and logging service, and an SSD price drop spurring future notebook adoption.

Google has introduced a simplified pricing model for its Stackdriver Monitoring and Logging service for monitoring cloud workloads. Highlights include a pay-as-you-go pricing option, volume-based pricing discounts and no-cost availability of Google Cloud Platform performance metrics.

The new pricing structure also brings some services previously available only to organizations at the premium pricing tier to all Stackdriver users. Starting June 30, all users, without upgrading, will have access to advanced alerting and notification options. With the new pay-as-you-go option, Stackdriver customers will only need to pay for the monitoring data that is actually sent for analysis.

Stackdriver is designed to help organizations monitor, log and manage application performance on Google's cloud platform, Amazon Web Services or a hybrid of the two environments.

According to industry analyst DRAMeXchange, the first quarter of 2018 saw fewer stock-up orders from PC makers in the global solid-state disk market compared to the previous quarter. However, SSD suppliers have cut prices to spur adoption of their new 64/72-layer 3D-SSD products.

Alan Chen, research director at DRAMeXchange, said that due to soaring SSD prices, “the average adoption rate of SSD in notebooks was only 45 percent in 2017. … This figure is expected to go beyond 50 percent this year as the SSD prices drop.”

Suppliers including SK Hynix, WD/Toshiba, Micron and Intel have all put 64/72-layer SSD products into mass production since the first quarter, so the penetration rate of 3D-TLC architecture in client SSD market has a chance to reach 70 percent in 2018, he said.