At the Google I/O conference last year, company officials announced a big next step for the company--the public availability of the Google Compute Engine public cloud service (following much beta testing). Compute Engine placed the company in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and represented a strong step into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service space. In recent months, many third parties have popped up with services surrounding the platform.
Now, after nine months since Compute Engine was announced, Google Compute Engine has become available to all customers who sign up for Google's Gold Support package, which starts at $400 a month. Google has also announced a 4 percent reduction on all Compute Engine pricing.