Google Compute Engine Gains Windows Server Support

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Google announced on Tuesday that Windows Server on Google Compute Engine is now generally available. It has been in beta since early December.

Compute Engine is now supported by the following operating systems:

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Operating systems with support outside of Compute Engine include:

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"Compute Engine offers Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers benefits of rapid deployments, increased uptime due to transparent maintenance, cheap and predictable block storage, and best in class Google Cloud Storage Nearline backup," says product manager Alex Gaysinsky. "Sharepoint, SQL and Exchange Server, and other Microsoft applications are also available to Compute Engine customers via the Microsoft License Mobility program."

"Since the Windows Server on Compute Engine beta announcement, we have made several Windows-specific improvements to the Compute Engine virtualization stack in order to bring the full benefits of Google network to Windows Server users," Gaysinsky adds. "With multi queue (MQ) and generic receive offload (GRO) support, Windows Server running on Compute Engine can reach up to 7.5Gbps of throughput. This reduces the number of Windows Server instances required to serve web based applications and helps our customers more effectively contain their infrastructure and operational costs."

Now that it's generally available, Windows Server instances are covered by the Compute Engine SLA. Those who buy Cloud Platform support packages can get architectural and operational support for their Windows Server deployments on Compute Engine.

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