In a Monday blog post,Google outlined key features and pricing for "Compute Engine," part of a broader service that vies with Amazon's AWS in providing storage and computing power to corporate clients as in-house data centers are gradually phased out.
It will lower prices 10 percent on most standard services, and 60 percent on high-end data storage. Google said the service was now "generally available," signaling that it meets internal standards and is ready for a wider roll-out.
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It is "embarking on a significant multi-billion infrastructure-as-a-service opportunity," analyst Colin Sebastian of R.W. Baird wrote."Google is positioned to become the next large player in cloud services,with a robust platform of application, platform and infrastructure services, competing for an increasing share of the IT spending pie."