Release Notes

This page contains release notes for features and updates to the Compute Engine service.

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February 2018

February 9, 2018

February 1, 2018

January 2018

January 31, 2018

January 24, 2018

  • The OS Login API and key management feature is now Generally Available. You can associate your public SSH keys with your Google account or with individual member accounts in a G Suite organization or Cloud Identity organization. Read Managing Instance Access for more information.

January 22, 2018

  • For NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs in the asia-east1-a and us-east1-d zones, you can create GPU instances with up to 416 GB of memory.

To learn more about the zones where GPUs are available, read GPUs on Compute Engine.

January 11, 2018

January 10, 2018

  • Added new europe-west4 region. europe-west4 contains Skylake zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

  • Added new northamerica-northeast1 Montréal region. northamerica-northeast1 contains Skylake zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

January 8, 2018

  • Zonal DNS names are available in Beta. Zonal DNS names are unique to each zone on your internal VPC networks. Global DNS names continue to resolve, but you can enable zonal DNS names to improve the fault tolerance of your applications when they reference instances on your internal VPC network. Read Zonal DNS to learn more.

December 2017

December 22, 2017

  • GPUs are now available in the following zones:
    • NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPUs:
      • us-central1-c
      • us-central1-f
    • NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs:
      • us-central1-c
    To learn more about the zones where GPUs are available, read GPUs on Compute Engine.
  • December 14, 2017

    December 13, 2017

    December 06, 2017

    November 2017

    November 21, 2017

    November 16, 2017

    November 15, 2017

    • Effective today, the Skylake platform no longer incurs a premium charge. Prices for 96 vCPU machine types have been updated to reflect the removal of the Skylake premium. See the price sheet for more information.

    November 13, 2017

    November 06, 2017

    • The User Accounts service (previously in Beta) is being discontinued and will stop being supported on February 15, 2018. It is recommended that users transition to the OS Login API in place of the User Accounts service.

    • Added support for viewing autoscaler logs into Beta. See Viewing Autoscaler Logs for more information.

    • Windows Server for Containers is now available in Beta as a public image.

    November 01, 2017

    • You can associate PTR records with the primary network interface on your instance. Support for PTR records on VM instances is available in Beta. Read Creating a PTR record for VM instances to learn more.

    October 2017

    October 31, 2017

    • Added new asia-south1 Mumbai region. asia-south1 contains Skylake zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    October 30, 2017

    • Windows Server, version 1709 is now Generally Available as a public image. This is a Server Core image that is part of the semi-annual release cycle for Windows Server. Use these images to access newer Windows Server features that are not available in the Long-term Servicing Channel releases.

    • SQL Server 2017 images are now available. These images include Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2017 preinstalled.

    October 26, 2017

    October 19, 2017

    • You can associate your public SSH keys with your Google account or with individual member accounts in a G Suite organization. When you connect to an instance, those public keys are automatically sent to instances where you have the necessary roles or permissions. This method is an alternative to managing your SSH key pairs in project or instance metadata. This feature is in Beta. Read Managing Instance Access for more information.

    October 18, 2017

    October 13, 2017

    October 12, 2017

    • You can now copy images from other images, including images that are shared from other Cloud Platform projects. This feature is Generally Available. To learn how to copy images from these sources, see Creating Custom Images.

    October 05, 2017

    October 02, 2017

    September 2017

    September 28, 2017

    September 27, 2017

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPUs are now available in the europe-west1-d zone in addition to the previously announced zones. Read GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more about the zones where P100 GPUs are available.

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs are now available in the asia-east1-b zone in addition to the previously announced zones. Read GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more about the zones where GPUs are available.

    September 26, 2017

    • Billing increments for Google Compute Engine virtual machine instances are reduced from per-minute increments to per-second increments. Additionally, the minimum usage cost for these resources is reduced from 10 minutes to 1 minute. Read the Compute Engine billing model page for details.

    September 21, 2017

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPUs are now available in Beta. Read GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more about the zones where P100 GPUs are available.

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs are now Generally Available. Read GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more about the zones where GPUs are available.

    September 19, 2017

    • Instance identity verification is now Generally Available for all users and projects. Read Verifying the Identity of Instances to learn how to request and verify signed instance tokens.

    September 13, 2017

    • Committed Use Discounts are now Generally Available. To learn more, read the documentation for Committed Use Discounts.

    September 11, 2017

    • The Compute Engine Trusted Images policy is now available in Beta. Use this policy to control which boot disk images your project members can access. Read Restricting Access to Images for more information.

    September 05, 2017

    • Managed Instance Group Updater is now available in Beta. Read Updating Managed Instance Groups for more information.

    • Added new southamerica-east1 region. southamerica-east1 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    August 2017

    August 28, 2017

    • Launched audit logging for Compute Engine to General Availability. For more information, read Viewing Audit Logs.

    August 25, 2017

    August 21, 2017

    • The Skylake Platform is now available in zones in the following regions: us-central1, europe-west1, asia-east1, us-east1 and asia-southeast1. For a detailed list of zones that support Skylake, see the Regions and Zones documentation.

    August 17, 2017

    • You can now create custom images from disks even while they are attached to instances. If necessary, you can create images while the instance is running. Read Creating Custom Images to learn more.

    August 11, 2017

    August 08, 2017

    • Introduced new preemptible pricing for local SSD and lowered normal local SSD by up to 63%. For more information, see the Pricing documentation.

    August 04, 2017

    August 02, 2017

    • Launched audit logging for Compute Engine to Beta. For more information, read Viewing Audit Logs.

    August 01, 2017

    • Added new europe-west3 region. europe-west3 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    July 2017

    July 27, 2017

    July 20, 2017

    June 2017

    June 28, 2017

    • Instances with service accounts can now request JSON Web Tokens from their metadata servers. Your applications can use these tokens to verify the identity of an instance before transmitting data to the instance. Read Verifying the Identity of Instances to learn how to request and verify signed instance tokens. This feature is available in Beta.

    June 23, 2017

    • The Skylake Platform is now available in the us-central1-a and us-central1-b zones.

    June 21, 2017

    • TCP Proxy Load Balancing is now generally available for all users and projects.

    • You can now copy images from other images and images that are shared from other Cloud Platform projects. This feature is available in Beta. To learn how to copy images from these sources, see Creating Custom Images.

    June 20, 2017

    • Added new australia-southeast1 region. australia-southeast1 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    June 19, 2017

    June 14, 2017

    June 07, 2017

    • Shared VPC (Previously Cross-Project Networking (XPN)) is now available in General Availability.

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs are now available in Beta in the us-east1-c and europe-west1-d zones. Read about GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more about the zones where GPUs are available.

    June 06, 2017

    • Added new europe-west2 region. europe-west2 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    May 2017

    May 31, 2017

    May 30, 2017

    • Added new zone, us-west1-c. See the Zones and Region documentation for more details.

    May 25, 2017

    • Labels are now available in general availability.

    May 15, 2017

    May 11, 2017

    • Server Core for Windows Server public images are reduced in size from 50GB to 32GB to reduce the boot disk costs for your instances. By default, these images create boot persistent disks that are 32GB in size. If you require larger boot disks, specify a larger boot disk size when you create your instances or resize the root persistent disk.

    May 09, 2017

    • Added new us-east4 region. us-east4 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    May 01, 2017

    April 2017

    April 28, 2017

    April 27, 2017

    April 24, 2017

    April 19, 2017

    • Created project quota limits that apply to All Regions.

    April 12, 2017

    • Added new asia-southeast1 region. asia-southeast1 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    • Egress firewall rules are now available in Beta to all users and projects.

    April 07, 2017

    April 05, 2017

    March 2017

    March 28, 2017

    • Added Debian 9 'Stretch' testing image to debian-cloud-testing project. For more information, see the Debian Testing documentation.

    March 24, 2017

    March 21, 2017

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs are now available in Beta in the us-west1-b zone. Read about GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more about the zones where GPUs are available.

    March 09, 2017

    March 07, 2017

    • SSD persistent disks now have increased throughput and IOPS performance, which are particularly beneficial for database and analytics workloads. Instances with 32 vCPUs provide up to 40k read IOPS and 30k write IOPS as well as 800 MB/s of read throughput and 400 MB/s of write throughput. Instances with 16 - 31 vCPUs provide up to 25k read or write IOPS, 480 MB/s of read throughput, and 240 MB/S of write throughput. For complete details about persistent disk performance limits, read Persistent Disk Performance.

    • Simultaneous reads and writes on SSD persistent disks no longer share the same throughput limits. SSD persistent disks can simultaneously read and write at their individual advertised throughput limits. For more information about simultaneous read and write capabilities, read Persistent Disk Performance for details.

    March 07, 2017

    March 06, 2017

    • SQL Server Enterprise Edition images are now generally available. You can use these Public Images to run SQL Server Enterprise Edition on various versions of Windows Server. Additionally, you can use SQL Server Enterprise on Compute Engine to create SQL Server Availability Groups.

    • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshots for persistent disks are now generally available. Use VSS snapshots to create snapshots of persistent disks on Windows instances without detaching the disk or stopping the instance.

    March 03, 2017

    February 2017

    February 21, 2017

    February 17, 2017

    • NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs are now available on Compute Engine in Beta. Attach one or more of these GPUs to your instances to accelerate specific workloads and offload tasks from your vCPUs. Add GPUs to your instances or read about GPUs on Compute Engine to learn more.

    February 14, 2017

    • Launched the Compute Engine Image Sharing role, compute.imageUser, to General Availability. For more information, read Sharing Images Across Projects.

    January 2017

    January 30, 2017

    January 18, 2017

    • SQL Server Enterprise Edition images are now available in Beta. You can use these Public Images to run SQL Server Enterprise Edition on various versions of Windows Server. Additionally, you can use SQL Server Enterprise on Compute Engine to create SQL Server Availability Groups.

    • Server Core for Windows Server 2016 and Server Core for Windows Server 2012 R2 are now available as public images. Use these images to run Windows Server on smaller instances, to save boot disk space, or to run applications that do not require the complete Desktop Experience.

    January 04, 2017

    January 03, 2017

    December 2016

    December 15, 2016

    December 14, 2016

    November 2016

    November 22, 2016

    • Container-VM Image is now called Container-Optimized OS from Google. Container-VM Image has been renamed to Container-Optimized OS to better reflect its focus on container technology and the value it provides. Learn more at Container-Optimized OS from Google Documentation

    November 21, 2016

    • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshots for persistent disks are now available in Beta. Use VSS snapshots to create snapshots of persistent disks on Windows instances without detaching the disk or stopping the instance.

    November 18, 2016

    November 07, 2016

    • Added new asia-northeast1 region. asia-northeast1 contains Broadwell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    • Launched new IAM role, roles/compute.imageUser, into Beta, which allows users to get, list, and use images from another project. For more information, read Sharing Images Across Projects.

    November 01, 2016

    October 2016

    October 26, 2016

    October 17, 2016

    October 14, 2016

    September 2016

    September 29, 2016

    • SQL Server images are now generally available. These images include Windows Server with SQL Server preinstalled. The price for SQL Server images includes the licensing cost for SQL Server. This allows you to pay for SQL Server only when you use it with pay as you go billing on a per-minute basis. See the cost for these SQL Server images on the pricing page.

    September 19, 2016

    September 14, 2016

    September 12, 2016

    • Instances with 3 TB of total local SSD space are generally available. You can create instances with eight local SSD devices for a total 3 TB of local SSD storage space. See Local SSD limits for available zones and machine types.

    September 08, 2016

    • Added new guestOsFeatures property into Beta, which lets you enable certain guest OS features for your images. For more information, see the documentation for guestOsFeatures.

    August 2016

    August 16, 2016

    • SQL Server images are now available in Beta. These images include Windows Server with SQL Server preinstalled. The price for SQL Server images includes the licensing cost for SQL Server. This allows you to pay for SQL Server only when you use it with pay as you go billing on a per-minute basis. See the cost for these SQL Server images on the pricing page.

    August 12, 2016

    • SSD persistent disks now have improved IOPS performance. Instances with 16 or more cores can achieve 20,000 IOPS, and instances with 32 vCPUs can achieve 25,000 IOPS with SSD persistent disks of a sufficient size. See the persistent disk performance page for details.

    August 09, 2016

    • Lowered prices of preemptible virtual machine instances for predefined and custom machine types. To see the new pricing, see the pricing table for machine types.

    July 2016

    July 21, 2016

    July 20, 2016

    • The us-west1 region is now available, and offers Broadwell zones us-west1-a and us-west1-b. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    • Regional managed instance groups are now available in Beta. You can use regional managed instance groups to distribute instances across multiple zones in a region and improve your application availability.

    July 1, 2016

    • Shutdown Scripts are now generally available to use with Compute Engine instances. Shutdown scripts allow users to execute commands, on a best-effort basis, right before an instance is terminated or restarted. For more information, see Running Shutdown Scripts.

    June 2016

    June 29, 2016

    • Protect data on Compute Engine with your own encryption keys. Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys are now generally available for select countries. You can now also stop an instance with a persistent disk that is encrypted with your own key. Compute Engine is able to restart your instance if you provide the key.

    June 27, 2016

    • Released a new feature into Beta where you can enable interactive access to the serial console so you can more easily troubleshoot instances that are not booting properly or that are otherwise inaccessible. See Interacting with the Serial Console for more information.

    June 20, 2016

    • Fixed a bug with how Compute Engine accounts for and computes the metric used to create CPU usage graphs shown in the Google Cloud Platform Console VM Instances page and Instance Details page. These graphs should now report CPU usage numbers much closer to the CPU usage inside the guest, and should match numbers reported by guest tools like top and uptime.

    June 14, 2016

    • The metadata server has been updated so that it only gives a 60 second advance notice before a maintenance event if you have queried for the maintenance-event attribute of that instance at least once since the last migration. Otherwise, Compute Engine assumes that you do not need advance notice of maintenance events and will not provide a notice 60 seconds before an imminent maintenance event. To learn more about the maintenance-event attribute, read the Getting transparent maintenance notices section.

    • You can now specify an instance's internal IP address at instance creation.

    June 09, 2016

    • The Debian 7 images and Debian 7 backports images are deprecated. Use the latest Debian 8 public image to create new instances or upgrade your Debian 7 instances to Debian 8. If you still require Debian 7, see the advisory message.

    • CentOS, Debian, and RHEL images version v20160606 or newer now include a new guest environment with the following significant changes:

      • Linux guest software is installed from, and hosted in, a Google Cloud repository, and is updateable with standard package management tools such as apt or yum.
      • Images no longer contain the deprecated gcimagebundle tool. If you need to create image file from a Compute Engine instance, use the instructions for Exporting an Image to Google Cloud Storage.
      • Debian images include unattended-upgrades for security updates. Security updates are installed daily by default.
      • Debian images install Google Cloud SDK from a deb package hosted in a Google Cloud repository. You can update the gcloud tool in Debian using the apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade command instead of the gcloud components update command.
      • Debian images automatically expand root disk partitions up to 2 TB regardless of the boot disk size. Previously, if your disk was over 2 TB, Debian images would not expand the root disk at all.
      • Debian images include a compiled python-crcmod library so that composite objects in Google Cloud Storage work correctly with gsutil.
    • The new Linux guest environment is published on GitHub.

    May 2016

    May 11, 2016

    The following Compute Engine IAM roles are now generally available:

    • roles/compute.networkAdmin
    • roles/compute.securityAdmin
    • roles/iam.serviceAccountUser

    For more information, read the IAM documentation.

    April 2016

    April 28, 2016

    • Images can now be organized into image families for easier management and use. Image families point to the latest version of an operating system image that is not marked as deprecated. Create an instance by specifying an image family with one of the available public images. To organize your own images into image families, create a custom image.

    April 21, 2016

    April 5, 2016

    April 4, 2016

    • You can now attach more than 16 unique persistent disks to an instance with a predefined machine type. Total persistent disk space per instance is still limited to 64 TB. The number of disks depends on the number of vCPUs that the instance has. This feature is available in Beta. See disk number limits for details.

    April 01, 2016

    March 2016

    March 30, 2016

    • Resizeable persistent disks are now generally available to all users and projects. You can increase the size of existing persistent disks even while they are attached to running VM instances.
    • Persistent disks larger than 10 TB are generally available. You can now create or resize persistent disks to be up to 64 TB in size. Persistent disks larger than 10 TB can be attached only to specific machine types.

    March 24, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 10, 2016

    March 7, 2016

    • Updated the way that SSH keys work in project metadata and instance metadata. If you manage SSH keys manually, use the new metadata values.

    February 2016

    February 23, 2016

    • Added a requirement that account owners who are enabled for user accounts must also be granted permission to act as a service account before they can connect to instances that are enabled for service accounts. Read the documentation for more information.

    February 17, 2016

    February 16, 2016

    February 10, 2016

    February 05, 2016

    • OpenSUSE Leap 42 images are now available to all users and projects starting with image opensuse-leap-42-1-v20160202.

    January 2016

    January 29, 2016

    • You can now attach up to eight local SSD devices to each of your instances for a total of 3 TB of local SSD space per instance. Attaching more than 1.5 TB of local SSD space to a single instance is a Beta feature and is available only in some zones. See Local SSD limits for details.

    December 2015

    December 17, 2015

    • Persistent disks larger than 10 TB are in Beta. You can now create disks up to 64 TB in size. Persistent disks larger than 10 TB can be attached only to specific machine types.
    • You can resize persistent disks to provide more disk space and throughput to your instances. This feature is now available in Beta.

    November 2015

    November 18, 2015

    November 13, 2015

    • Updated the resource quotas page to reflect that quotas are now listed on the Quotas page in the GCP Console.

    November 12, 2015

    October 2015

    October 15, 2015

    October 09, 2015

    October 05, 2015

    October 01, 2015

    • Added new us-east1 region. us-east1 contains Haswell zones that are now available to all projects and users. See Regions and Zones for more information.

    September 2015

    September 30, 2015

    • The User Accounts service is now available in Beta. Updates include:
      • Release of new beta-accounts.. images that have user accounts enabled.
      • Update to quota limits.

    September 08, 2015

    September 03, 2015

    July 2015

    July 28, 2015

    • Debian 8 images are now available to all users and projects starting with debian-8-jessie-v20150710.
    • Protect data on Compute Engine with your own encryption keys. The Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys feature is now available in Beta for select countries.

    July 15, 2015

    • Updated the User Accounts API to use a new API endpoint:

      https://www.googleapis.com/clouduseraccounts/alpha/...
      

    July 14, 2015

    • Windows images are now generally available to all users and projects. Commands for managing Windows instances are no longer in beta.

    July 01, 2015

    • Released new Windows images, 20150629, that supports service account scopes. This removes the restriction that users must make their startup script publicly-accessible for Windows instances.
    • Added new Python and Java script that can programmatically reset a Windows password. See Progammatically generate a username and password for more information.

    June 2015

    June 29, 2016

    June 03, 2015

    • Updated Windows authentication process. Windows images v20150511 and later will use the new scheme by default. gcloud will now generate a random password for Windows login; it is no longer possible to manually set a Windows password through gcloud but you can set a custom password in the instance.

    May 2015

    May 18, 2015

    • Added preemptible instances that you can create and run at a much lower price than normal instances. For more information about how to use these instances in your Compute Engine project, see the preemptible instances documentation.
    • Lowered the price of all machine types in all locations. For more information, see the price sheet.

    May 13, 2015

    • Removed support for running sysprep-oobe-script-* startup scripts on Windows virtual machines. We recommend using windows-startup-script-* keys as replacements. For more information, see Startup scripts.

    May 08, 2015

    • Added documentation for configuring network time protocol (NTP) on virtual machine instances. Make sure you adjust your NTP settings before the upcoming leap second on June 30th, 2015**.

    May 04, 2015

    April 2015

    April 30, 2015

    • Added new User Accounts feature, available in Alpha. User accounts allow you to create Linux user accounts for your virtual machines.

    April 29, 2015

    • Released instance stop() and start() features into General Availability. Additionally, stopped instances no longer count towards your CPU resource quotas. See Stopping an instance and Restarting a stopped instance for more information.
    • Upgraded us-central1-b to use Haswell processors. All new virtual machines started in us-central1-b will use Haswell processors by default. Existing instances in us-central1-b have been upgraded from Sandy Bridge to Haswell processors. See Zones and Machine Types for a full list of available zones and processors.

    April 27, 2015

    April 23, 2015

    March 2015

    March 30, 2015

    March 25, 2015

    March 19, 2015

    March 13, 2015

    • Released the RHEL 7.1 image, rhel-7-v20150311. For a full list of new features , see the RHEL 7.1 Release Notes. To use the new image on Compute Engine, see Using RHEL 7 images.
    • For RHEL 7.1 images, Red Hat provides the Kubernetes package to help you manage your containers.

    March 12, 2015

    • Added new us-central1-c zone. us-central1-c zone is a Haswell zone that is now available to all projects and users. For more information, see Zones.
    • Released new Activity Logs feature in Beta as part of the Cloud Logging service.

    March 11, 2015

    • Added new 32-core machine types in Beta. For more information and pricing, see Machine Types and Pricing.

    March 05, 2015

    February 2015

    February 20, 2015

    • Removed the limit on number of API requests per day for all projects. See API rate limits for more information.

    February 19, 2015

    • Added new europe-west1-d zone. europe-west1-d zone is a Haswell zone that is now available to all projects and users. Currently, europe-west1-d zone offers 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E5 v3 Haswell processors. For more information, see Zones and Machine Types.

    February 05, 2015

    • Released new Debian 7 images v20150127 which performs automatic resizing of root persistent disks up to 2 TB. For more information, see Repartition a root persistent disk.

    February 04, 2015

    January 2015

    January 20, 2015

    • Local SSDs are now in General Availability and can be used by all projects and users.

    January 13, 2015

    Note: Currently, virtual machines with local SSDs cannot be restarted but we expect to add this functionality in the future. Additionally, during Beta, stopped virtual machines count toward your available CPU quota but we will remove this restriction before this feature is generally available.

    December 2014

    December 23, 2014

    December 17, 2014

    • Ubuntu images are now in General Availability.

    December 10, 2014

    • Added new Windows images alias to gcloud compute. You can now specify the latest version of the Windows image by providing the following flag with your instance or disk creation request:

      --image windows-2008-r2
      

      For more information, see Starting a new Windows virtual machine instance.

    December 08, 2014

    December 02, 2014

    • Added support for local SSD in all zones, *exceptus-central1-b and europe-west1-a (which is deprecated).

    November 2014

    November 19, 2014

    • gcloud version 0.9.37 and higher now has support for local SSD flags without an additional repository download. Additionally, the command-line flags have changed for creating local SSDs. For more information, see Local SSD.
    • Added support for shutdown scripts in Ubuntu images.

    November 13, 2014

    • Released new shutdown script feature in Beta for image versions v20141007 and newer. Shutdown scripts allow users to execute commands, on a best-effort basis, right before an instance is terminated or restarted. For more information, see Shutdown scripts.

    November 04, 2014

    • Lowered pricing for persistent SSD and persistent disk snapshots. See Persistent disk pricing for more information.
    • Lowered network pricing. See Network pricing for more information.
    • Autoscaler is now available in Beta and available to all users and projects. See Autoscaler for more information.

    November 03, 2014

    October 2014

    October 29, 2014

    • Added new europe-west1-c zone. europe-west1-c zone is an Ivy Bridge zone that is now available to all projects and users. See Zones for more information.
    • Released new local SSDs in Beta phase. This is now available to all users and projects. See Local SSD for more information.

    October 15, 2014

    • Deprecated europe-west1-a zone. europe-west1-a has been deprecated and will be permanently turned down on March 29th, 2015. You should move all resources to europe-west1-b and ensure that you are no longer using any resources in europe-west1-a after March 29th, 2015.

      We expect that an additional zone, europe-west1-c will be available in two weeks, on October 31st, 2014.

      For instructions on how to move your instances, see Moving an instance between zones.

    October 06, 2014

    • Released new RHEL 7 image, rhel-7-v20141001. For more information, see Operating Systems.
    • For RHEL 7 images, updated the firewall configuration so that all traffic is allowed by default, similar to existing CentOS images.

    October 01, 2014 + Lowered pricing for all machine types in all locations. For more information, see the price sheet.

    September 2014

    September 29, 2014

    • Released new images, v20140926, that mitigates additional vulnerabilities in the bash security bug. See Security bulletins for detailed information.

    September 19, 2014

    • Added new utilizationTargetType property in the API and new --custom-metric-utilization-target-type CUSTOM_METRIC_UTILIZATION_TARGET_TYPE flag in gcloud compute that specifies how the target value should be measured, either as a GAUGE value or a DELTA_PER_MINUTE value. This property is required if you are specifying a Stackdriver Monitoring metric. For more information, see the Autoscaler documentation.

    September 16, 2014

    September 04, 2014

    August 2014

    August 13, 2014

    • Released gcloud compute into General Availability. Major changes from the last Open Preview release are:
      • Added new compute/zone and compute/region properties that can be used to set a default zone and region. To set the properties, run gcloud config set compute/zone ZONE and gcloud config set compute/region REGION.
      • Added support for overriding disk auto-deletion during instance deletion.
      • Updated the output of commands that mutate resources to be more human-friendly. The --format flag can be used for more verbose output.
      • Replaced all get subcommands with describe subcommands (e.g., gcloud compute instances get has been replaced with gcloud compute instances describe).
      • Renamed the firewalls collection to firewall-rules.
      • Added support to the addresses collection for interacting with global addresses.

    August 12, 2014

    • The scheduled maintenance for europe-west1-a zone has been cancelled and all zones have now transitioned to using transparent maintenance. This means that virtual machines set to live migrate will no longer be taken offline for maintenance in any zone. For information on transparent maintenance and how to set your virtual machines to live migrate, see the Setting instance scheduling options documentation.

    August 04, 2014

    • Added new zone, asia-east1-c, with transparent maintenance support. asia-east1-c is now available to all projects and users. See the Zones and Region documentation for more details.

    July 2014

    July 22, 2014

    • Released new Windows images windows-server-2008-r2-dc-v20140716 with the following updates:

      • Allows load balancing for Windows virtual machines that are not in a zone marked by a -windows suffix. See the Load Balancing documentation for more information.
      • Fixes a bug where Windows snapshots could not start new instances.
    • Enabled support for Windows virtual machine instances in all zones. Windows instances are no longer limited to Windows-specific zones. For information on starting and using Windows instances, see the Operating Systems documentation. Existing -windows zones will be inaccessible starting August 15th, 2014 and it is recommended that you restart your instance using the newest Windows image in a non-Windows zone before August 15, 2014.

    July 10, 2014

    • Added new zone, us-central1-f, with transparent maintenance support. us-central1-f is now available to all projects and users. See the Zones and Region documentation for more details.

    June 2014

    June 25, 2014

    • SSD persistent disks are now available in General Availability and open to all users and projects. For detailed information about SSD persistent disks, see Types of persistent disks. For pricing information, see the price sheet.

    June 09, 2014