Cloud Workstations pricing
This document explains Cloud Workstations pricing details. If you pay in a currency other than USD, the prices listed in your currency on Cloud Platform SKUs apply.
When you use Cloud Workstations, you pay for:
- Compute and Persistent Disk resources, using the same rate you currently pay for Compute Engine.
- A workstation management fee of $0.05 / vCPU hour (details).
- A control plane fee of $0.2 / hour (details).
You will not be charged for the workstation management and control plane fees during the preview period, but will need to pay for the other resources consumed.
Workstation resource and management
Cloud Workstations are powered by Virtual Machines and have Persistent Disks attached to them. In addition, a management fee is added for each active workstation. Metering of these resources begins after you start a Cloud Workstation, and continues until the workstation is stopped.
To control costs, you can set-up an inactivity time limit that automatically stops Cloud Workstations that were inactive for the specified time period.
The Cloud Workstations cluster (or control plane) manages your workstations throughout their lifecycle and provides network connectivity capabilities.
For the majority of cases, you need only a single control plane. Multiple control planes are only required for creating workstations across different regions or to connect to different VPCs.
Pricing table for compute and management cost
These are the total workstation compute and management hourly prices for the machine types supported. If you pay in a currency other than USD, the prices listed in your currency on Cloud Platform SKUs apply.
Control plane and persistent disk costs are applied separately.
Pricing example: Single developer
Assume that a single developer uses 8 hours five days a week +1 hour before auto-shut down for inactivity. The developer uses a e2-standard-4 Cloud Workstation with 4 vCPU and 16GB RAM, with a 100GB Persistent disk.
In this example, 9 hours of workstation usage per workday multiplied by 22 workdays in a month, equals 198 hours per month. The total monthly bill for this developer would be $73.00, excluding control plane fees.
- 198 Workstation hours per month at $0.32 per hour equals $63 per month
- 100GB * $0.1 per GB = $10 per month (Persistent disk)
- $10 + $63 = $73 per month
- Read the Cloud Workstations documentation.
- Create your first workstation.
- Learn about the base editor.