Google’s public cloud, which other companies can use to run applications, is now offering virtual machines (VMs) — slices of physical servers — with a lot more storage space than before.
As of today, you can assign as much as 64TB of Persistent Disk to a specific VM in Google Compute Engine, up from a max of 10TB. “The volume size limit has increased to 64 TB also, eliminating the need to stripe disks for larger volumes,” Google Cloud Platform senior product manager John Barrus wrote in a blog post today.
And if you’d prefer a local solid state drive (SSD) to Google’s Persistent Disk offering, Google is upping that, too. Now, in beta, you can have up to 3TB of Local SSD storage, up from 1.5TB until now.
The Local SSD storage costs 21.8 cents per gigabyte per month, while Persistent Disk costs 4 cents per gigabyte per month.
Google is constantly trying to outdo the cloud infrastructure market leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), not to mention other major clouds like Microsoft Azure. This isn’t a price cut, which is one of a few ways Google competes with these other clouds. Rather, it’s giving a higher ceiling to offer better performance and economics to customers.