Google App Engine is expected to mark up its pricing this second week of September. This news was sent through an official email from the administrators of App Engine.
This move was to update all their policies, support models and pricing that are fully supported by Google. Consumers should expect that all applications will now be updated, which will be reflected soon on the status bar of the website.
It is not however, just a pricing update but to mark the company’s commitment to better serve its users they are also adding some improvements. These will include improvements in the support system that will be reflected in the SLA (Service Level Agreement) of post paid applications. One of the improvements includes Google’s High Replication Datastore, which is expected to perform with an uptime of 99.5% speed.
Premier accounts will be given an option to either subscribe on a fee-for-service at $9.00 per application or save more by subscribing through a monthly fee of $500 per month.
Free applications will now have a limit of 1GB per instance on incoming and outgoing bandwidth each day. It will also set 50,000 datastore operations per day and many other restrictions. Google said this is actually a better modification because it will have better scalability features and less barriers compared to the previous scheme where applications are billed based on CPU use per hour.
An example of this barrier is seen under the old model where applications that have been dormant for a longer period become less scalable because it becomes cost excluded to Google. This new model will give developers more scalability to decide when to run applications that are already included in the resources that now comes in packages.
Google said “We expect the majority of current active apps will still fall under the free quotas.” They pointed out that with the new model, applications will still come as generous and very useful to run various useful applications.
Google’s pricing will be a lot more complex compared with other cloud providers like Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce. It will definitely be a lot less expensive than Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com, but will be at par with AWS (Amazon Web Services) pricing.