Google started Google Cloud Platform as a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure as it end-user products that Google uses for its search engine and YouTube video services. Together with its set of management tools, GCP has a series of integrated cloud services including computing, data storage, data analytics and machine learning. Their first service was launched as a public preview in April 2008 called Google App Engine for 20,000 developers as a tool to run web applications.
Google Cloud Platform users can choose from its availability in 17 regions, 52 zones, over 100 points of presence across 35 countries, using 100,000’s of miles of fiber optic cable. Obviously choosing a region and zone nearest to the company is the best choice since it will provide the lowest network latency for you. Although Google only has a 6% share of the cloud computing market, numerous corporations have committed to their infrastructure to GCP such as Apple, Best Buy, PayPal, Coca-Cola, and Sony Music.
While Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure constantly push each other to more affordable costs, Google follows its own pricing design and routinely boasts that it offers the most affordable service of the three. However, Google really distinguishes itself with a lot of different services and solutions.
Google Cloud Products offers over 90 services including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and serverless computing Functions as a Service (FaaS). Under the Google Cloud brand, here are the areas GCP cover: