Feeds

Google App Engine exits preview and ups prices

All grown up, with bigger costs but better service

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Google App Engine is taking off its training wheels and charging real money from the second half of September.

The service will be leaving preview status and introducing a new billing structure that will charge for an instance, which Google defines as "a small virtual environment to run your code with reserved amount of CPU and memory", rather than pay-as-you-go CPU.

The new system has Premium Accounts at $500 a month for as many applications as you could want and Paid Accounts at $9 per app. Free apps are now limited to one instance at 1GB of incoming and outgoing bandwidth.

Google says it expects most currently active apps will still fall under the free quota, but paying customers will see their bills rise.

"Most paying customers will see higher bills," the web giant said, before justifying the increase thusly: "During the preview phase of App Engine we have been able to observe what it costs to run the product as well as what typical use patterns have been. We are changing the prices now because GAE is going to be a full product for Google and therefore needs to have a sustainable revenue model for years to come."

However, app developers are supposed to be getting a better service for their money, as Google will be adding an SLA for Paid customers and SLA and operational support for Premium. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.