Google Launches Preemptible Virtual Machines, Cycle-Broad Case Study

By Allison Proffitt September 8, 2015 | Google this morning has announced the general availability of the Google Cloud Platform’s Preemptible Virtual Machines, and Cycle Computing has detailed its first preemptible VM project: a cancer gene mapping project with the Broad Institute. Google’s preemptible VMs were launched in beta last May. The compute class offers Google Cloud Platform computing, but with some access limitations: preemptible VMs have 24 hour limits and Google can take that capacity back, “in case of emergencies,” explained Paul Nash, senior project manager of Google Compute Engine. In return, preemptible VMs are offered at a rate that is about 70% less than regular Google VMs, with prices as low as $0.01 per core hour. The product is clearly designed to compete with Amazon’s spot instances. Both…


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