Back in early April this year we wrote about a new service from Google called Google App Engine. At the time we questioned whether it would Compete with Amazon’s S3 service because the two are similar in the fact that they open their infrastructure to developers so that they can focus on developing. At the time, Google said that they were going to offer a limited amount of resources for free, but that for those who need more resources, they would be able to purchase them in the future.
Google never specified how much additional resources would cost until yesterday when they announced their pricing plan, and said they’re working on two new APIs. To refresh your memory, here are the resources they’ll be offering for free:
- 500 MB storage
- 200 million megacycles of CPU per day
- 10 GB bandwidth per day
This should equal around 5 million pageviews per month, but for those who need more resources, here are the pricing plans that will be offered later this year:
- $0.10 – $0.12 per CPU core-hour
- $0.15 – $0.18 per GB-month of storage
- $0.11 – $0.13 per GB outgoing bandwidth
- $0.09 – $0.11 per GB incoming bandwidth
As for the two new APIs we mentioned, one will let developers manipulate images on the server include scaling and cropping and another will cache data which means pages will load faster.
One of the complaints that commenter “Change” made back in April was that developers will have to develop in Python because other languages and platforms are not supported yet. Unfortunately Google has not added support for any other languages beyond Python.
So far, Google App Engine sounds like a great service for developers to take advantage of. Now if only they could add support for other languages, I think more people would be satisfied.