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Google Cloud Platform adds options for custom virtual machines

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Google has initially set up support for custom machine types with four operating systems with the promise of supporting more platforms in the future.

Google‘s cloud department has been vocal in the past about its theories and strategies for lowering storage prices in the long run, and the Internet giant continued that rhetoric with a new debut on Wednesday.

Google Cloud Platform is introducing the option of Custom Machine Types, which will allow IT professionals to fit virtual machines (VMs) to particular workloads rather than just rounding up to the next tier on the pricing scale.

“When choosing a virtual machine type, every major cloud provider forces you to overbuy; since VMs usually come in powers of two, you need to buy eight vCPUs, even when you only need six,” argued Sami Iqram, a product manager for Google Cloud Platform, asserted in a blog post on Wednesday.

Custom Machine Types can start out small with one virtual CPU (vCPU) up to 32 by increments of even numbers.

Google reps stressed that the release of Custom Machine Types fits in with the cloud provider’s philosophy for choice and flexibility when it comes to pricing for cloud services.

“Custom Machine Types and resource-based pricing are two more steps in our quest to create a cloud platform you can fit to your needs, instead of the other way around,” Iqram wrote.

Available in beta, Custom Machine Types are priced based on hourly usage per vCPU and per gibibyte (GiB) of memory. (For reference, a gibibyte is close to a gigabyte in size at an approximate rate of 1GiB to 1.074GB.)

Google has initially set up support for custom machine types with four operating systems — Debian, CentOS, CoreOS, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu — with the promise of supporting more platforms in the future.

User support will be rolled out to the Google Developers Console over the next few days.

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