AWS watch out! A new gunslinger is in town with the recent general availability of the Google Compute Engine. This new platform could make a significant difference in the big data arena, affecting offerings like machine-learning-as-a-service and Hadoop-as-a-service. GCE offers virtual machines that are high performance, scalable, reliable, and offer industry-leading security features like encryption of data at rest. Compute Engine is available with 24/7 support and a 99.95% monthly SLA for your mission-critical workloads. Google has eliminated maintenance windows with live migration, cut prices by 10%, added support for Red Hat, SUSE, FreeBSD, or any Linux variant you want, and introduced new 16-core instances.
Here is an informative introductory video explaining the merits of GCE: