(The Hosting News) – A new offering announced by Google at the company’s annual I/O developer conference on Thursday could put the company in direct competition with similar solutions from Amazon Web Services.
Google has introduced Google Compute Engine, an IaaS solution that allows developers to operate Linux Virtual Machines on Google’s network.
“We know that you want top scalability and top performance,” commented Google Senior VP of technical infrastructure Urs Hözle during yesterday’s presentation. Hözle also noted developers’ wish to have “virtual machines on demand.”
The offering is specifically suited to run in coordination with the previously launched Google App Engine, something the company emphasized received 7.5 billion hits per day.
Showcasing the new platform provided the I/O crowd with something special. Presented was Genome Explorer, an application from the Institute for Systems Biology that assists researchers in making associations between biological aspects such as genes and mutations. Integrating Google Compute Engine to the application’s operation sped the association process from taking ten minutes to taking just a few seconds. By the end of the unveiling, the Genome Explorer was functioning at an impressive 600K cores.
“This goes beyond just giving you greater flexibility and control; access to computing resources at this scale can fundamentally change the way you think about tackling a problem,” said Google Compute Engine Product Manager Craig McLuckie in a blog post.
The service is currently available as a limited preview. Google’s I/O conference began earlier this week with the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Interestingly enough, that release could also compete against another key Amazon offering, the company’s $199 dollar Kindle Fire.