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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Google App Engine Quota Updates
By Tony Ruscoe

As promised last year, Google is now allowing developers to purchase extra server resources and set daily budgets for hosting their web applications on Google App Engine, Google’s scalable Python application hosting environment.

In addition to the new pricing structure, the free quotas are being reduced from May 25th, 2009. The documentation explains:

App Engine will always remain free to get started. However, along with many performance improvements, we have learned that we were overly conservative with our initial free quota estimates. Therefore, 90 days after February 24th, 2009, we will be reducing the free quota resources. We believe these new levels will continue to serve a reasonably efficient application around 5 million page views per month, completely free. The new quota levels, which will take effect on May 25th, 2009, are:

  • CPU Time: 6.5 hours of CPU time per day
  • Bandwidth: 1 Gigabyte of data transferred in and out of the application per day
  • Stored Data & Email Recipients: these quotas will remain unchanged.

After enabling billing in your Google App Engine console, budgets can be set using one of the four available presets – Standard, CPU Intensive, Bandwidth Intensive, Storage Intensive – or by entering custom limits. Payment for additional usage is made via Google Checkout and is subject to a maximum daily limit.

Earlier this month, the App Engine Team announced they plan to add support for running scheduled tasks, task queues for performing background processing, ability to receive and process incoming email and support for sending and receiving XMPP (Jabber) messages too.

[Via Google App Engine Blog.]


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