What makes Google Cloud Platform different?

Google differs from other cloud providers in a variety of ways. Below are some highlights. For more complete information, see Why Google?

Google-grade security

The Google security model is an end-to-end process, built on over 15 years of experience focused on keeping customers safe on Google applications like Gmail and Google Apps. With Google Cloud Platform your applications and data take advantage of the same security model.

Sub-hour billing

Compute Engine instances are charged in one-minute increments with a ten-minute minimum, so you don't pay for compute minutes that you don't use. Learn more about sub-hour billing.

Big data

Google has led the industry with innovations in big data such as MapReduce, Bigtable and Dremel. This expertise led to innovative products like Google BigQuery, which makes it possible to analyze petabytes of data interactively with a simple SQL-like query statement.

Global network

Google's backbone network has thousands of miles of fiber optic cable, uses advanced software-defined networking, and has edge caching services to deliver fast, consistent and scalable performance. In fact, we even laid our own fiber optic cable under the Pacific Ocean.

Environmentally friendly

Cloud Platform data centers run on half the energy of a typical data center, with 35% of power coming from renewable energy sources. Learn more about renewable energy in Google data centers.

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