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Google Cloud Platform: Project Planning and Budgets
The Google Cloud Platform is a versatile and puissant service that grants developers the power they need to create compelling and robust programs. In many respects, it is an equalizer that makes teams of two seem like one hundred. Even though larger businesses have the resources necessary to host their own custom made server farms rife with application integration and massive power draws that need their own town to supply it, startups can now compete. 

Thanks to the Google Cloud Platform, there will never be a situation in which the company with more resources can obliterate smaller companies due to a lack of access to high powered technology. This, imbued with the financial struggles of a new business and volatile business, puts nascent business owners in a previously precarious situation.

Luckily, the platform levels the playing field and creates a perfect environment of technological competition which, in turn, makes software better and its developers more powerful. Every company can benefit from the Google Cloud Platform and would do well to make premiere use of their many tools of the proverbial trade.

However, the cumulative cost of running a cloud based development team can be difficult to determine on your own without the necessary tools. Thankfully, the Google Cloud platform provides a pricing calculator that can help you estimate your needs and help you set your monthly and yearly budget.

In this article, we will go over planning, estimating and setting your cloud project budget so that you do not succumb to the infamous draw of unwavering and powerful technology without scaling appropriately.

In order to use the Pricing Calculator effectively, you'll need to fill out a fairly straightforward form. First, you'll need to pick out what you're using for your project. In most cases, this means you're utilizing the App or the Compute Engine.

The pricing is based off of how many VM instances you're using, what kind of operating system or software it's running on, and the instance types. For the Compute Engine, for example, it will depend on the infrastructure you want to set up.

How many queries to Google's APIs, the datacenter location, and how much storage is in the persistent disk also factor into pricing. Load balancing, network traffic, and number of Cloud TPUs are also a factor for the estimate. Keep in mind that pricing fluctuates now and then, so you'll need to check to make sure there aren't any major changes for your project as development proceeds.

For the App Engine, you'll be charged as it scales (since it scales automatically according to your needs). You are charged for the number of instances and the type of that instance. For the cheapest instance type, you are charged five cents an hour, for example. There are other charges for specific resources. Thankfully, Google has extensive documentation about all of these details, which can help you more accurately quote your project.

After estimating these costs based on your needs, you can set spending limits on your budget to match these expectations. Spending limits might be exceeded a bit before an application is officially disabled and has stopped consuming resources, so be sure to be careful when setting or monitoring your billable limits. Since the App Engine scales, this feature is not available, but overspending can be combated by setting up budget alerts.


The pricing calculator provided by the Google Cloud Platform allows you to accurately estimate the cost of operating on a monthly and yearly basis. When you adopt the Google Cloud platform you will not be left in the dark in regards to your budget.

The calculator makes sure that you are funded appropriately and that your services are not interrupted. By using the tool effectively your expectations can meet your financial reality. This prevents runaway spending and inflated development budgets.

Without the pricing calculator, your company will be thrown into the dark ages of cloud computing. It is, without a doubt, a crucial tool and an integral part of any development team. Launch your team into the future with the Google Cloud platform and use the calculator to never worry about your tech budgets again.


About the Author

Josh Althauser is an entrepreneur with a background in design and M&A. He's also a developer, open source advocate, and designer. Connect with Josh on Twitter.

Published Friday, June 29, 2018 7:37 AM by David Marshall
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