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Cloud DNS, VPN, HTTPS load balancing ... Google looks at rivals, thinks: Yeah, we'll do all that

Someone's been busy in the Chocolate Factory

Google has expanded its portfolio of network services, with the aim of ensuring that customers of its cloud infrastructure have responsive, low-latency websites.

On Monday, the online ad-slinger announced general availability of Cloud DNS, its managed DNS service. For a monthly fee, Google will handle DNS requests for as many as thousands of DNS zones, priced on a sliding scale. (Sorta like the services provided by Dyn et al.)

"The charge is per zone per month (regardless of whether you use your zone), and you also pay for queries against your zones," Google explained.

Monday's announcement also included the launch of a new pricing tier for the DNS service. Customers who manage more than 10,000 zones will now pay just $0.03 per zone per month.

At the same time, Google also expanded its HTTP/HTTPS load balancing service to include 12 new points of presence, including Chicago, Dallas, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Munich, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, and Stockholm.

The idea, Google said, is to ensure that customers' cloud workloads are running in as close as possible proximity to the client PCs that are making the requests. The expansion means Google now has more than 70 points of presence across 33 countries.

Along similar lines, the Chocolate Factory also announced eleven new partners in its Carrier Interconnect program, which connects Google's network directly to those of internet service providers via peering.

The new participants in the program include 1cloudstar, Colt, CyrusOne, Equinix, euNetworks, Global Capacity, Global Cloud Exchange, International Internet Exchange, InterCloud, Level 3, Masergy, Megaport, and PCCW Global.

Google also took the occasion to debut a VPN service that allows Google Compute Engine customers to connect to their cloud servers via the encrypted IPSec protocol. The service is billed according to Google's general networking pricing, with the additional $0.05 per hour VPN fee waived during the beta period.

"Raw performance, reliability and security have been major focus areas for Google from the start," Google Cloud Networking lead Morgan Dollard wrote in a blog post, "and our goal with Google Cloud Platform is to share the benefits of continuous networking innovation with our customers." ®

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