Google cloud platform is a public cloud computing service by Google, which offers to host on the same supporting infrastructure that the company uses initially for the end-users product like YouTube and Google Search. The platform comprises of a range of hosted services for compute, storage and application development that runs on Google hardware. Software developers, cloud administrators, and other IT professionals can access the services over the public Internet or by a dedicated network connection.
The cloud computing services in Google cloud platform includes:
Google compute engine with infrastructure as a service (IaaS). It provides users with virtual machines for workload hosting.
Google app engine with a platform as service (PaaS). It gives the software developers access to Google’s scalable hosting. The developers can also use the software developer kit to develop the applications that run on the app engine.
Google cloud storage platform is designed to store large, unregulated data sets. It also offers database storage options including Cloud Datastore for NoSQL non-relational storage, cloud SQL for MySQL fully-relational storage and its native cloud BigTable database.
Google container engine is a management and composition system for Docker containers that manages to run within Google’s public cloud. The Google container engine is based on the Google Kubernetes container orchestration engine.
The Google Cloud Platform is comprised of cloud services for data processing and analysis, such as Google BigQuery for SQL-like queries against multi-terabyte data sets. In inclusion, Google cloud data flow is a data processing service designed for analytics, extract transform and load (ETL) and real-time computational projects. Google cloud platform also includes Google Cloud dataproc, which brings Apache Spark and Hadoop services for big data processing.
The Google cloud platform collection of services is always expanding, and Google may periodically introduce, change or discontinue services based on competitive pressure or user demands. The company’s main rivals in the public cloud computing market include Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.