Google Cloud slashes prices for flash storage

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Google Cloud slashes prices for flash storage

Google has slashed prices for a type of high-performance block storage used to accelerate virtual machines that process data-intensive workloads in the cloud.

Customers running on-demand Google Cloud Platform instances will see savings up to 63 percent for Local SSD storage; and the cost of Local SSDs will fall up to 71 percent for Preemptible instances.

"We hope that the price reduction on Local SSDs for on-demand and Preemptible VMs will unlock new opportunities and help you solve more interesting business, engineering and scientific problems," Google product managers Chris Kleban and Michael Basilyan wrote Tuesday on the Google Cloud blog.

Local SSDs are flash storage drives physically attached to servers. That delivers high IOPS (input/output operations per second) and low-latency, but their data is lost when the server reboots and the instance ends. They're often used for scratch disks, caching layers and scale-out databases like NoSQL, the Google blog noted.

The price of Local SSDs falls to 8 cents per GB per month for on-demand instances, and 6.4 cents for Preemptibles, in most US regions. Preemptible instances come at a lower price because they don't guarantee availability.

"Our customers are using Preemptible VMs with Local SSDs to analyse financial markets, process data, render movies, analyse genomic data, transcode media and complete a variety of business and engineering tasks, using thousands of Preemptible VM cores in a single job," the blog said.

"At Google we're always looking to reduce total cost of ownership for our customers, pass along price reductions achieved through technology advancements and adjust our pricing so you can take advantage of technology that will help you innovate, in a manner that's simple for our users," the Google blog states. 

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