Google Cloud Platform

Cloud-based services and infrastructure from Google

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a set of cloud services provided by Google. It includes various services like computing, data storage, data analytics, and machine learning, along with tools for managing them. GCP uses the same infrastructure as Google's own products like Google Search and Gmail.[2]

Google Cloud Platform
CEOThomas Kurian
IndustryWeb service, cloud computing
RevenueIncrease US$26.3 billion (2022)[1]
Operating incomeIncrease US$−2.97 billion (2022)[1]
LaunchedApril 7, 2008; 16 years ago (2008-04-07)
Current statusActive
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GCP provides infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and serverless computing.

It started with App Engine in 2008, a platform for web applications. It became available to the public in 2011. Since then, Google has added more services to the platform.

Google Cloud Platform is part of Google Cloud.[3] The latter includes public cloud infrastructure, Google Workspace (G Suite), enterprise versions of Android and ChromeOS, and APIs for machine learning and mapping services.



Google Cloud Platform started in April 2008 with the preview of Google App Engine.[4] In May 2010, Google Cloud Storage was launched, followed by the preview of Google BigQuery.[5]

Products and Services


Google Cloud Platform offers over 100 products and services.

There are Compute services including App Engine for deploying applications, Compute Engine for running virtual machines,[6] and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for container orchestration using Kubernetes.[7]

GCP also offers services in storage and databases, networking and big data.

Customers and Partners


GCP customers announced in 2023 include: Kingfisher,[8] The Government of Kuwait,[9] Deutsche Börse Group,[10] FanCode,[11] and Mercedes-Benz.[12]

GCP has also formed partnerships with Unity[13] and Uber.[14]



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  4. Ecker, Clint (2008-04-09). "Analysis: Google App Engine alluring, will be hard to escape". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  5. Thomson, Iain (2011-11-14). "Google opens BigQuery for cloud analytics". The Register. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  6. Nast, Condé (2012-07-03). "Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'Compute Engine'". WIRED. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  7. Research, Zacks Equity (2023-08-31). "Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts Kubernetes Offerings With New GKE". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  8. "DIY retailer Kingfisher partners with Google Cloud to boost e-commerce". Reuters. Retrieved 2023-12-25.
  9. "Google Cloud to support Kuwait's digitisation drive". Reuters. 2023-01-06. Retrieved 2023-12-25.
  10. "Deutsche Börse Group and Google Cloud Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Innovation". Google Cloud Press Corner. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  11. "FanCode and Google Cloud Collaborate to Transform the Live Sports Viewing Experience for Users Across South Asia". Google Cloud Press Corner. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  12. "Mercedes-Benz and Google Join Forces to Create Next-Generation Navigation Experience". Google Cloud Press Corner. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  13. Murnane, Kevin (2018-06-20). "Google's Got Game: Collaboration With Unity Could Be A Game Changer". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  14. Newman, Daniel (2023-02-21). "Uber Goes Big With Google And Oracle As Cloud Architecture Debate Continues". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-12-26.

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