Google launches virtual machines for the budget-minded

Everyone loves a bargain, even in the IT industry. Following a beta period launched in May, Google has made its low-cost “preemptible” virtual machines available as a full commercial offering. The Google Compute Engine Preemptible Virtual Machines can cost 70 percent less than regular VMs on the Google Cloud Platform, with the stipulation that Google can shut down these machines at any time. [ News: CIA Off and Running With Amazon Web Services ][ Also: 5 Things Cloud Providers Must Know About Selling to the Government ] Google offers these VMs using the leftover capacity within their data centers. A VM can act as a virtual server, one that contains an operating system, application and support libraries. Despite their tenuous nature, the preemptible VMs can be useful for a number…


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