Google Launches Managed Virtual Machines, Gives Developers A Middle Ground Between Compute And App Engine


Google is launching Managed Virtual Machines today, a new service on its Cloud Platform that gives developers the best new option for hosting their applications in the cloud. Instead of having to decide between using an infrastructure-as-a-service platform like Compute Engine or a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) service like App Engine, Virtual Managed Machines, the company says, gives them the best of both worlds.

If you’re planning the backend infrastructure for your web or mobile app today, you will have to decide whether you want the full flexibility of using a service like Compute Engine or Amazon’s EC2 to manage your servers in the cloud, or if you want to go with a platform-as-a-service provider like Parse or Google’s App Engine. By opting for a PaaS, you take away the complexity of having to manage your servers, but you also don’t get the flexibility to change to a different database later or make other modifications…

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