Google Slashes Cloud Prices, Refuels Price War with Amazon

With a nod to Moore's Law that says IT performance improves exponentially, Google today unveiled double-digit price cuts to its cloud services. The move is Google's latest salvo in its ongoing price war with other cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Announced during the Google Cloud Platform Live developer conference taking place today in San Francisco, the price cuts accompany several other new developments in the company's cloud offerings. They include the rollout of Google Container Engine, designed to make virtualized app development easier with Docker containers and the debut of Managed VMs (virtual machines) as part of Google's App Engine.

The Cloud Platform updates are aimed at reducing development and deployment headaches through more flexible, cloud-based support for virtualization, according to Brian Stevens, vice president of product management at Google.

"Development in the cloud today is by and large a fragmented experience," Stevens, who recently came to Google from his previous position as CTO of Red Hat, said in a post on Google's Cloud Platform Blog. Google's vision is to enable cloud computing as a "continuum which allows you to pick and choose the level of abstraction that is right for your application, or even for a component of your application," he added.

Race to Zero?

Noting that Google was "passing along the savings we receive from Moore's Law," Stevens announced a 79 percent cut in prices for Persistent Disk Snapshots, along with additional cuts for Persistent Disk SSD (48 percent), network egress (47 percent), Cloud SQL (25 percent) and BigQuery storage (23 percent). These reductions come on the heels of last month's 10 percent cuts to prices for Google's Compute Engine.

Google has taken a number of aggressive steps this year in its competition against Amazon Web Services and other cloud service providers. It made one round...

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