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Google Compute Engine: A Beginner's Guide

December 05, 2018 / Anne Morris

Google Cloud Platform lets developers rent Google hardware and software. What does this mean? Instead of buying up a server room, you can simply rent out Google’s. Instead of crafting your own libraries from scratch, you can use Google APIs, robust libraries that are used in a variety of contexts, from Google Maps to Google Translate. In short, when you use Google Cloud Platform, you get access to the infrastructure and the libraries that run many of Google’s products, like Gmail and YouTube. Google Compute Engine vs Google App Engine One of the services offered by Google Cloud Platform is Google Compute Engine. Google Compute Engine is a service that lets you run virtual machines (VMs). These VMs run on Google’s infrastructure, but you can configure these VMs however you like. Storage disks, operating systems, and network access are all up to you. Google Cloud Platform is designed to give you control. So, while Compute Engine doesn’t automatically scale like an...