Google App Engine for Business: Free For Now

I noticed in one of my Google account’s today the following announcement from Google for their new App Engine for Business.

Google App Engine for Business

Google App Engine for Business

Although I haven’t yet tried the new App Engine for Business, Google has apparently been deluged by more new users than they originally anticipated.

From a June 3, 2010 PC World report:

Two weeks after announcing a business version of its Google App Engine application building and hosting service, Google is acknowledging that the performance of the product’s datastore has been chronically deficient for weeks.

To make up for the recent string of outages, slowdowns and errors, Google is waiving datastore CPU costs retroactively effective to the May 31 bill and until further notice.

The datastore problems, which have rippled out to other App Engine components, have been caused by the platform’s growth, which has outpaced server capacity, Google said in a blog post on Wednesday.

“There are a lot of different reasons for the problems over the last few weeks, but at the root of all of them is ultimately growing pains. Our service has grown 25 percent every two months for the past six months,” the blog post reads.

As one of the largest computer server manufacturers in the world and most assuredly the web’s largest legitimate cloud operator, you’d think Google would have anticipated the types of resources they’d need to service rapid growth.

I guess they are still doing the math.



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