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Google launches virtual machine customisation facility

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Google has announced a new more fitting way of buying virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud. It claims the extra attention to detail will stamp out forced over purchasing and save customers money.

Red Hat teams up with Google to boost Linux in the cloud

Google and Red Hat have teamed up to give RHEL customers subscription portability between on premise, Red Hat and Google's public cloud platforms

Red Hat announced a collaboration with Google this week that will see Google let Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers port their cloud subscriptions over to Google Compute Engine. Red Hat said the move is another big step towards enabling its “open hybrid cloud” vision.

Google touts updates and price cuts to entice users to use cloud for non-bursty stuff

Google announced a slew of updates to its cloud services. But will they be enough to entice enterprises?

Whether one hears it from Microsoft, Amazon or any other large cloud provider, the message is the same: most people still use public cloud for bursting into occasionally. Google’s new updates and price cuts seem geared towards incentivising sustained cloud usage, which could bring cloud closer to cost parity with bare-metal. But will enterprises bite?

Google readying cloud partner programme

Google is said to be in the process of introducing a new tiered partner programme for its cloud services

Google is readying a tiered partner programme for its cloud platform according to company executives speaking at a Red Hat cloud conference earlier this week.

Google pulls plug on Hong Kong datacentre

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Google has apparently put the brakes on a new datacentre in Hong Kong it announced back in 2011, citing lack of available building space for development on the island. The company said it would continue to seek other alternatives that would allow it to deploy its services in Hong Kong.

Google, HP public cloud offerings hit general availability but still trail Amazon

Google Compute Engine and HP's Open Stack-based public cloud platforms became generally available today

Google’s long-touted public cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was released for general availability Tuesday, joined by HP’s Open Stack-based public cloud. But while both public cloud platforms have launched with some noteworthy features, a lack of breadth and – in the case of HP – a slew of technical issues suggest AWS is likely to continue its six year lead in the public cloud game. At least for the time being.

Google brings layer 3 load balancing to GCE PaaS

More hybrid cloud means added complexity and a range of new challenges for the industry

Google announced Wednesday that it has introduced layer 3 (network layer) load balancing to its public infrastructure as a service platform, Google Compute Engine, among other enhancements to the offering.

Big data will force a re-think, says Google cloud and big data guru

Barak Regev is head of cloud EMEA and big data guru at Google UK

While many businesses have only recently been engulfed in the big data frenzy currently sweeping through the commercial world, Google can legitimately claim its place as a key enabler of the revolution in data storage and processing that led to it.