Last modified: January 28, 2021
The following technical support services guidelines ("Guidelines") apply to agreements where Google provides Google Cloud Platform (as described at https://cloud.google.com/terms/services) and related technical support to Customer (as amended from time to time, the "Agreement"). Capitalized terms used but not defined in these Guidelines have the meanings given to them in the Agreement.
Regardless of any other statement in the Agreement or these Guidelines, Google does not offer Technical Support Services (TSS) to Customer for Cloud Identity or Orbitera features (including those listed in the Google Cloud Platform Services Summary), for which Google will instead provide Customer, as applicable: (a) support for Cloud Identity in accordance with the Cloud Identity Technical Support Services Guidelines (available at https://cloud.google.com/terms/identity/tssg) and (b) Orbitera Support for any Orbitera features. Google offers TSS to Customer for Firebase services, except as described in the Firebase Technical Support Services Guide (available at https://cloud.google.com/terms/tssg/firebase/).
General Support Services Terms
1. Generally. As part of Customer's purchase of GCP Services, Google will provide Basic (formally Bronze) TSS to Customer. Customer may order additional TSS for an additional fee.
2. Basic TSS. Customer will receive automatic Services upgrades and Maintenance updates, support for billing inquiries, and access to documentation, white papers, online best practices guides, and community forums.
3. Support Request Submission.
- 3.1. First Line Support. Customer will provide first-level support to Customer End Users. Google will provide second-level support to Customer’s Designated Contacts only.
- 3.2. Customer Efforts to Fix Errors. Prior to making a request to Google, Customer will use reasonable efforts to fix any error, bug, malfunction or network connectivity defect without escalation to Google. Thereafter, Customer may submit a Request for TSS.
- 3.3. Characterization of Requests. Customer designates P1-P4 priority upon submission of Requests. Google will review Customer's priority designation and may change designations that Google believes are incorrect. Any such determination made by Google is final and binding on Customer.
- 3.4. Procedures for Acknowledgement and Resolution of Requests. When making a Request, Customer will provide all requested diagnostic information and assist Google Support Personnel as may be required to resolve a Request. Upon resolution of a Request, Customer may receive an optional survey to provide feedback to Google on the support Request experience.
- 3.5. Request Acknowledgement. Google may respond to a Request by acknowledging receipt of the Request. Customer acknowledges and understands that Google may be unable to provide answers to, or resolve all Requests.
- 3.6. Feature Requests. If Google deems a Request to be a Feature Request, Google will log such Request for consideration to add to a future update or release of the Services and will consider the matter closed. Google is under no obligation to respond to or resolve any Feature Request or to include any such Feature Request in any future update or release.
- 3.7. Building Applications. For clarity, Google has no obligation under these Guidelines to: (i) write, build or improve any software Applications, or write code to facilitate Applications; (ii) configure the Services for Customer; or (iii) design, build or review Customer infrastructure.
- 3.8. Pre-General Availability Offerings. Google has no obligation to provide TSS for Pre-GA Offerings, but will consider Requests relating to Pre-GA Offerings on a case-by-case basis.
4. Accessing Support.
- 4.1. Setting Designated Contacts. Customer-designated support admins may add Designated Contacts to its Account. Solely with respect to Silver, Gold, and Platinum TSS, if Customer wishes to change its Designated Contacts, it will notify Google via the Google Support Tool at least five Business Days prior to the change, as applicable.
- 4.2. Support Hours and Target Initial Response Times. Google will process Requests during the Hours of Operation, unless otherwise indicated in these Guidelines. Any Requests received outside of the Hours of Operation will be logged and processed during the next Business Day. Target initial response times are based on the subscribed support level.
5. Maintenance. To ensure optimal performance of the Services, Google performs periodic Maintenance. In most cases, Maintenance will have limited or no negative impact on the availability and functionality of the Services. If Google expects planned Maintenance to negatively affect the availability or functionality of the Services, Google will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide advance notice of the Maintenance. In addition, Google may perform emergency unscheduled Maintenance at any time. If Google expects such emergency unscheduled Maintenance to negatively affect the availability or functionality of the Services, Google will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide advance notice of such Maintenance. Maintenance notices noted above will be provided via the Google Support Tool or via an email to the Notification Email Address.
6. Language Support Generally. All support provided by Google pursuant to these Guidelines will be provided in the English language except as provided at https://cloud.google.com/support/docs/language-working-hours.
7. Support Data Processing Activities. Google collects and processes Support Data for the purpose of providing TSS under these Guidelines and maintaining the Services.
8. Technical Account Management (TAM). As part of the Platinum, Enterprise and Premium Support offering, Customer will receive access to a named Technical Account Manager for 1 day per week. Additional access to Technical Account Management may be purchased, subject to additional fees and terms. Technical Account Management includes: (a) assistance in developing a cloud strategy with respect to the Services, (b) best practices guidance on implementing and using the Services, and (c) management of technical support escalations and coordination with Google subject matter experts to address technical inquiries related to the Services.
9. Professional Services. In addition to the support and maintenance services described above, Google may provide limited advisory services to Customer under these Guidelines in accordance with an order form executed by Google and Customer and datasheets associated with the services. Additional fees may apply. Advisory services are recommendations only. Customer is responsible for the results achieved when determining whether to implement recommendations from Google. Google may deliver recommendations to Customer in the form of a working paper or report, which Customer may use, modify and reproduce for its internal business purposes. Google will not otherwise license any intellectual property to Customer as part of the advisory services provided under these Guidelines. Any other advisory, professional or implementation services will be subject to the terms of a separate agreement between Google and Customer.
10. Collaborative Support. In recognition that Customer may deploy and use Services that are offered in connection with or that rely upon a range of third party hardware and software components and computing platforms, resolving Requests may sometimes require input from third party providers who have qualified to participate in the Google Cloud Platform collaborative support program (such providers, "Collaborative Support Partners"). Google will, in its reasonable determination, identify to Customer any Requests that require the involvement of Collaborative Support Partner(s). Google may include Collaborative Support Partners in support communications with Customer, subject to the following terms:
- 10.1. Customer may only receive support from a Collaborative Support Partner if Customer has a valid support agreement in place with that Collaborative Support Partner. Neither these Guidelines nor the Agreement grant to Customer any right to receive support services from Collaborative Support Partners.
- 10.2. Google will include Collaborative Support Partners in direct support communications with Customer solely at Customer's direction. Google Support Personnel will only reach out to a Collaborative Support Partner after receiving Customer’s consent.
- 10.3. When Customer consents to include a Collaborative Support Partner in an ongoing support case, Customer consents to Google providing that Collaborative Support Partner with Support Data Google reasonably deems relevant to the Request, including Customer's name, contact information, and a description of the Request. When Customer directs Google to engage a Collaborative Support Partner, the Collaborative Support Partner acts as an independent contractor of the Customer, not Google. The Collaborative Support Partner, not Google, is solely responsible for the processing and use of any information, including Support Data, Customer or provided to that Collaborative Support Partner in the course of providing support services.
11. Resold Customer. If Customer is accessing the Google Cloud Platform Services as a customer of a Google-authorized unaffiliated Google Cloud Platform reseller (a “Reseller”), and has purchased Google-supplied technical support services through the Reseller (“Resold TSS”), then:
- 11.1. Customer may only purchase the Resold TSS if they are enabled for resale through that Reseller;
- 11.2. the prices and fees for Resold TSS shall be agreed as between Customer and the Reseller;
- 11.3. any payment for Resold TSS will be made directly to Reseller under Customer’s applicable agreement with the Reseller; and
- 11.4. Google will not provide Customer any billing inquiry support on the Services.
12. Additional Definitions.
- 12.1. "Application" has the meaning given in the Agreement or, if not such meaning is given, has the meaning given to “Customer Application” in the Agreement.
- 12.2. "Business Day" means any day during the Hours of Operation.
- 12.3. "Customer End User" has the meaning given in the Agreement or, if no such meaning is given, has the meaning given to “End Users” in the Agreement.
- 12.4. "Designated Contacts" means administrators or technical employees designated by Customer or Reseller (if Customer is accessing TSS as a customer of a Reseller) who are allowed to contact Google for technical support.
- 12.5. "Feature Request" means a Request by a Designated Contact to incorporate a new feature or enhance an existing feature of the Services that is currently not available as part of the existing Services.
- 12.6. "Google Support Tool" means the Admin Console or a support tool located at a URL (as may be updated from time to time) provided by Google.
- 12.7. "Google Support Personnel" means the Google representatives responsible for handling Requests.
- 12.8. "Hours of Operation" means 17:00 on Sunday to 17:00 on Friday Pacific Time Zone, except for holidays in local time for each region documented in the Google Support Tool.
- 12.9. "Maintenance" means maintenance work that is performed on hardware or software delivering the Services.
- 12.10. "Notification Email Address" has the meaning given in the Data Processing and Security Terms
- 12.11. "P1" means Critical Impact – Service Unusable in Production.
- 12.12. "P2" means High Impact – Service Use Severely Impaired.
- 12.13. "P3" means Medium Impact – Service Use Partially Impaired.
- 12.14. "P4" means Low Impact – Service Fully Usable.
- 12.15. "Priority" means P1, P2, P3 or P4 depending on the level of impact a Request is having on Customer's operations and is used to establish initial target response times.
- 12.16. "Request" means a request from a Designated Contact to Google Support Personnel for technical support to resolve a question or problem report regarding the Services.
- 12.17. "Reseller" has the meaning given to it in Section 11 (Resold Customer) in the General Support Service Terms of these Guidelines.
- 12.18. "Support Data" means account details and the information that Customer provides to Google for the purpose of obtaining TSS under these Guidelines, including requests for support and the details provided to Google about the specific support issue.
- 12.19. "Support Role" means the level of support available to a Designated Contact under Role-Based Support, as defined by one of two tiers (Development or Production) and as designated by Customer in accordance with Section 1 (Support Roles) of the Role-Based Support terms below.
- 12.20. "Value-Add Services" means additional TSS available to Customer for an additional fee.
1. Premium Support.
- 1.1. Premium Support includes unlimited Designated Contacts.
- 1.2. Value-Add Services. Customer may purchase Value-Add Services for Premium
Support for an additional fee.
- 1.2.1. Assured Workloads Support. Google will provide TSS for the Assured Workloads Service in accordance with the Customer-selected Admin Console controls. All requests for TSS by Customer must be submitted via the “create case” option from within the Google Support Tool and include the project name (ID) in the project field, which corresponds to an Assured Workloads project. Google will provide TSS for Assured Workloads in the English language only.
- 1.2.2. Mission Critical Services (MCS). Google will provide a target initial response time of 5 minutes for P0 cases for operating environments that have been provisioned to support MCS, as noted in the table in Section 1.3 (Target Initial Response Times). Google will provide TSS for MCS in the English language only.
- 1.3. Target Initial Response Times for Premium Support.
Priority Target Initial Response Times during the Hours of Operation P0 5 minutes (MCS only) P1 15 minutes 24x7 P2 2 hours 24x7 P3 4 hours P4 8 hours
- 1.4. Google may, at its discretion and with Customer’s approval, send Google Support Personnel on-site in response to an issue that cannot be resolved remotely. Google Support Personnel performing support at Customer's facilities will comply with Customer's reasonable onsite policies and procedures made known to Google in writing in advance.
2. Enrollment and Unenrollment.
- 2.1. The Premium Support program requires a minimum 1 year Fee commitment. When Customer enrolls in Premium Support any applicable Fees will be pro-rated in that month and then continue to apply during each month in the 1-year commitment period.
- 2.2. Customer may unenroll from the Premium Support program at any time by notifying Google in writing and any such unenrollment will take effect, and applicable Fees for Customer's downgraded Support level will be calculated at the downgraded amount, from the later of (i) the date of such unenrollment, and (ii) the business day following the 1-year anniversary of Customer's enrollment in Premium Support. Unenrollment from Premium Support automatically unenrolls all Value-Add Services.
- 2.3. Sections 2.1 and 2.2 above will not apply if Customer is an existing Platinum or Enterprise Support customer. Instead, the minimum term of Customer's current Platinum or Enterprise Support Order Form will govern its use of Premium Support until the expiration of such Order Form.
Silver, Gold and Platinum Support
1. Silver. The Silver support level includes all the items in Basic TSS plus the ability to submit support Requests for questions about Services functionality, best practice guidance on how to architect with the Services, and Services errors reports, as well as up to two Designated Contacts.
2. Gold. The Gold support level includes all the items in the Silver level plus consultation on application development, and specific guidance on how to architect with the Services for Customer's proposed use case, as well as up to five Designated Contacts.
3. Platinum. The Platinum support level includes all the items in the Gold level plus Unlimited Designated Contacts and access to Google’s Technical Account Management team as described in the General Support Service Terms Section 8 (Technical Account Management).
4. Target Initial Response Times.
|Priority||Target Initial Response Times during the Hours of Operation|
|P1||4 hours||1 hour 24x7||15 minutes 24x7|
|P2||8 hours||4 hours||4 hours|
|P3||8 hours||8 hours||8 hours|
|P4||8 hours||8 hours||8 hours|
5. Priority Designations. Notwithstanding Section 3.3 (Characterization of Requests) of the General Support Services Terms of these Guidelines, Google will inform Customer of any change of Customer’s Priority designation in its response to the support Request. Customer may appeal any such reclassification to Google's Support management for review through any available support channel.
6. Maintenance for Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Notwithstanding Section 5 (Maintenance) of the General Support Services Terms, if Google expects planned Maintenance to negatively affect the availability or functionality of the Services, Google will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide at least 7 days advance notice of the Maintenance.
1. Support Roles. Google will provide Customer with technical support through its Designated Contacts, according to their designated Support Role as follows:
- 1.1. Development. The Development Support Role includes all the items in Basic TSS plus the ability to submit Requests related to Services functionality, best practices guidance on how to architect with the Services, and Services errors reports.
- 1.2. Production. The Production Support Role includes all the items in the Development Support Role plus limited guidance on how to architect with the Services for Customer's proposed use case.
2. Target Initial Response Times.
|Priority||Target Initial Response Times during the Hours of Operation|
|P1||N/A||1 hour 24x7|
|P2||4 hours||4 hours|
|P3||8 hours||8 hours|
|P4||8 hours||8 hours|
3. Upgrading/Downgrading Support Roles in Role-Based Support. All Support Roles require a minimum 30-day Fee commitment.
- 3.1. Upgrades. Customer may designate or upgrade a Support Role for a Designated Contact at any time. When Customer designates or upgrades any Support Role for a Designated Contact, any applicable Fees will be pro-rated in that month, and will automatically renew at the beginning of the following month. Customer may upgrade a Support Role for a Designated Contact at any time. Any applicable Fees for such upgraded Support Role will be calculated at the upgraded rate beginning on the day that the upgrade is processed.
- 3.2. Downgrades. Customer may downgrade or remove a Support Role for a Designated Contact at any time. Such downgrade or removal will take effect, and any applicable Fees for such downgraded or removed Support Role will be calculated at the downgraded amount, from the later of (i) the date of such downgrade or removal, and (ii) 30 days after the Support Role for the Designated Contact was last changed, and the applicable Fees will automatically renew at the beginning of the month following such downgrade or removal.
1. Enterprise Support.
- 1.1. The Enterprise Support offering includes unlimited Designated Contacts, each with Customer's chosen Support Role. The "Business Critical" level of support is only available to Customers who have enrolled in Enterprise Support.
- 1.2. If enrolled in the Enterprise Support program, Customer may assign the "Business Critical" role to each of its unlimited Designated Contacts.
2. Target Initial Response Times.
|Priority||Target Initial Response Times during the Hours of Operation|
|P1||15 minutes 24x7|
|P2||4 hours 24x7|
3. The Enterprise Support offering includes support from Google's Technical Account Management, as described in Section 8 of the General Support Services Terms (Technical Account Management).
4. Google may, at its discretion and with Customer's approval, send Google Support Personnel on-site in response to an issue that cannot be resolved remotely. Google Support Personnel performing support at Customer's facilities will comply with Customer's reasonable onsite policies and procedures made known to Google in writing in advance.
5. Enrollment and Unenrollment.
- 5.1. The Enterprise Support program requires a minimum 1 year Fee commitment. When Customer enrolls in Enterprise Support, any applicable Fees will be pro-rated in that month and then continue to apply during each month in the 1-year commitment period.
- 5.2. When Customer enrolls in Enterprise Support, any applicable Fees will be pro-rated in that month and then continue to apply during each month in the 1-year commitment period.
- 5.3. Customer may unenroll from the Enterprise Support program at any time by notifying Google in writing and any such unenrollment will take effect, and applicable Fees for Customer's downgraded Support Role(s) will be calculated at the downgraded amount, from the later of (i) the date of such unenrollment, and (ii) the business day following the 1-year anniversary of Customer's enrollment in Enterprise Support.
- 5.4. Sections 5.1 and 5.2 above will not apply if Customer is an existing Platinum Support customer. Instead of Customer's current Platinum Support Order Form will govern its use of Enterprise Support until the expiration of suchOrder Form.