Google has announced that it’s offering two different tiers of network services to Google Cloud Platform customers, making it the first major cloud vendor to offer flexibility for customers either looking for top-tier, global networking services or for lower-cost services. Google’s Network Service Tiers are now available in alpha and offer two different levels of service. The Premium Tier option uses Google’s global network, which powers Google Cloud. This Tier is comprised of Google’s extensive private fiber networks and offers over 100 points of presence.To improve performance further, traffic on the Premium Tier is protected from disruptions by redundancy. There are at least three independent paths between any two locations on the Google network. The Premium Tier also features Global Load Balancing.
The Standard Tier comes with a cheaper price tag and offer a performance comparable to other public clouds. According to Google, networking services such as load balancing virtual IP are only available on a regional basis.
“Over the last 18 years, we built the world’s largest network, which by some accounts delivers 25 to 30 percent of all internet traffic,” Urs Hölzle, Google’s SVP of technical infrastructure, said in a statement. “You enjoy the same infrastructure with Premium Tier. But for some use cases, you may prefer a cheaper, lower-performance alternative. With Network Service Tiers, you can choose the network that’s right for you, for each application.”
As soon as Network Service Tiers become generally available, outbound traffic on the standard tier will be priced 24 to 33% lower than in the Premium Tier for North America and for Europe.