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Today at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit, Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure & Google Fellow announced Google Cloud Platform for Startups. This new program will help eligible early-stage startups take advantage of the cloud and get resources to quickly launch and scale their idea by receiving $100,000 in Cloud Platform credit, 24/7 support, and access to our technical solutions team.

This offer is available to startups around the world through top incubators, accelerators and investors. We are currently working with over 50 global partners to provide this offer to startups who have less than $5 million dollars in funding and have less than $500,000 in annual revenue. In addition, we will continue to add more partners over time.

This offer supports our core Google Cloud Platform philosophy: we want developers to focus on code; not worry about managing infrastructure. Starting today, startups can take advantage of this offer and begin using the same infrastructure platform we use at Google. For example, Headspace is helping millions of people keep their minds healthier and happier using Google Cloud Platform for Startups.

Thousands of startups have built successful applications on Google Cloud Platform and those applications have grown to serve tens of millions of users. It has been amazing to watch Snapchat send over 700 million photos and videos a day and Khan Academy teach millions of students. We look forward to helping the next generation of startups launch great products.

For more information on Google Cloud Platform for Startups, visit http://cloud.google.com/startups.

-Posted by Julie Pearl, Director, Developer Relations

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Today's post is the first in our series of videos that look at how customers are taking advantage of Google Cloud Platform.

There are a variety of ways in which folks use Google Cloud Platform, from analyzing big data with Google BigQuery to spinning up virtual machines on Google Compute Engine. We chatted with a handful of customers at Google I/O this year to hear their stories. We learned about how Audi uses Cloud Platform as part of their connected car initiatives. We chatted with Rudolf of SMART Technologies on how they leverage Cloud Platform to build collaborative applications for the classroom. We heard about how BetterCloud is able to scale effortlessly with the help of Cloud Platform. Hear the full stories from these customers and others in the video below, and stay tuned for more customer videos soon.



-Posted by Kelly Rice, Product Marketing Manager

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Google Cloud SQL read replicas are now available in preview mode for MySQL 5.5 (support for MySQL 5.6 is coming soon).

Read Replica instances allow data from the master instance to be replicated to one or more slaves. This setup can provide increased read throughput. It can also enable the use of Cloud SQL instances as a hot standby for disaster recovery and for running OLAP queries without affecting the performance of the master instance. This support for Cloud SQL Read Replicas comes in addition to the existing support for using customer-managed MySQL instances (running on-premise, on Compute Engine or in another environment) as Read Replicas.

You can try it now by following these instructions.

-Posted by Aditya Mone, Software Engineer

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Out on holiday in August? We weren’t. Here’s what we were up to:

Google Cloud Platform Live date announced
This month, we announced the second-ever Google Cloud Platform Live, coming to you from San Francisco on November 4. Earlier this year, thousands of developers from around the world joined us in-person and online to hear our vision for the future of cloud computing. In March, the event filled up fast, so register to join us - either in person or online.

Security that matters
To help companies and developers use cloud services, it is essential that cloud providers are transparent about their security and privacy practices. We published our updated ISO 27001 certificate and SOC 2 and SOC 3 Type II audit report, which are the most widely recognized and accepted independent security compliance reports.

The most simple explanation of cloud ever
As Business Insider put it, our updated security certs gave us the opportunity to provide “the most simple explanation of cloud computing ever.

VMware joins the Kubernetes family
We are very excited to welcome VMware to the Kubernetes family. With the addition of VMware in the community, we’re highlighting the infrastructure side of cluster management. VMware’s technical expertise in this area will contribute to making Kubernetes a capable, powerful and secure platform.

Google Compute Engine updates and improvements
The Compute Engine team has been busy with many new improvements. We’ve added new zones in the U.S. and Asia, and we’ve made SSD persistent disks generally available in all Compute Engine zones. We've also made it easier for developers to create custom images right from their root persistent disks.

Click-to-Deploy with Google Compute Engine
In July, we released a number of easy deployments on Google Compute Engine (check out our posts about one-click Apache Cassandra and one-click RabbitMQ. This past month, we kept the momentum. We introducing the first click-to-deploy open source development stack. Users can now deploy a MongoDB-Express Web Framework-AngularJS-NodeJS (MEAN) stack with a single click. We also announced GitLab Community Edition for Compute Engine. GitLab Community Server is great way to get the benefits of collaborative development for your team wherever you want it.

SSH from the Developers Console
No one likes abandoning a task to manage a VM. Now, you can SSH directly to your VM without leaving the Developers Console in your browser. Learn about the simplest way to access your Compute Engine VMs on the blog.

The GDELT Event Database comes to Google BigQuery
In May, we announced the availability of the entire quarter-billion-record GDELT Event Database in Google BigQuery, we were excited. This month, we revisited the GDELT Event Database to compute correlations between historical events.

Welcome Zync Render
Zync Render, the visual effects cloud rendering technology behind Star Trek Into Darkness, Transformers and Looper, has joined Google. Special effects require huge amounts of compute capacity to render visual effects. We’re excited to help, and we’ll have more on our rendering offerings in the next months.

-Posted by Benjamin Bechtolsheim, Product Marketing Manager

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November 23rd 2013 was 1D-Day, a one-off global event for the boyband One Direction. The event featured a 7 hour live-stream by the band as well as a second screen quiz app that fans could play along with while the livestream was running.

1D Day was the biggest music livestream ever held on YouTube. According to the case study, it drew 772,000 concurrent viewers and 10.7 million playbacks . The Second Screen app performed flawlessly, with 630,000 unique visitors in just 10 hours, reaching peak traffic of 9,000 queries per second.

Genevieve Amphaduh, head of digital marketing at Sony Music said, “It’s hard to imagine that this app would have been possible, so quickly, working with anything except Google App Engine.” Learn more about how they did it in this case study.

-Posted by Mandy Waite, Developer Advocate

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Ruby on Rails has been one of the most popular frameworks for developing web applications. Some of the largest websites like Github, Basecamp and Shopify are known to use the framework. Developers or startups can rapidly create new features, easily maintain code, and take advantage of contributions from the open source community. Wouldn’t it be great if they could easily deploy their favorite framework on high performance Google Compute Engine VMs as well as take advantage of sustained-use discounts?

Today, we’re announcing Click to Deploy for Ruby development stack on Google Compute Engine. The Ruby stack provides you with the best of open source software today:
  • Apache Web Server
  • Passenger App Server
  • Ruby on Rails Framework
  • MySQL Database

With a single button click, you can launch a complete Ruby/Rails stack ready for development! Click to Deploy handles all the software installs for you to get started. So, go ahead and click to deploy your Ruby development stack today!

Learn more about running the Ruby development stack on Google Compute Engine at https://developers.google.com/cloud/ruby or try it now.

-Posted by Ravi Madasu, Program Manager

“Rails”, “Ruby on Rails”, and the Rails logo are registered trademarks of David Heinemeier Hansson. All other trademarks cited here are the property of their respective owners.

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Ezakus, a leading data management platform, relies on Hadoop to process 600 million digital touch points raised by 40 million users and mobile users.

Fast growth created challenges in managing Ezakus’s existing Hadoop installation, so they tested different alternatives for running Hadoop. Their benchmarks found that Hadoop on Google Compute Engine provided processing speed that was three to four times better than the next-best cloud provider.

“Our benchmark tests used the Cloudera Hadoop distribution”, said Olivier Gardinetti, CTO. “We were careful to use identical infrastructure - the same logical CPU count, the same mem capacity and so forth. We also ran each test several times to ensure that outliers weren't skewing the results.”

When using MapReduce for basic stats processing of 20,469,283 entries along their browsing history over 1 month, Compute Engine computed the stats in 1 minute and 3 seconds, four times faster than the alternative tested. When more complex queries were run in a second test, Compute Engine computed in 7 minutes and 47 seconds, 3 times faster than the closest alternative which ran at 23 minutes and 31 seconds.

Ezakus can now provide more performance and predictions and serve more clients, “because we can more easily deploy all the servers in a very short time,” said Gardinetti. To learn more about their migration to Google Cloud Platform and subsequent results for their business, read the case study here.

-Posted by Ori Weinroth, Product Marketing Manager