Good news: Google Cloud has released three additional enhancements to Google Compute Engine allowing customers to run Windows-based workloads. This is Google Cloud’s holiday present for those who have been asking for a long time that the two resources be made compatible. Let’s what what’s new.
First of all, Microsoft License Mobility is now supported by Google Cloud Platform. And Product Manager Martin Buhr perfectly summed up the advantages:
“This enables our customers to move their existing Microsoft server application software licenses, such as SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange Server, from on-premises to Google Cloud Platform without any additional Microsoft software licensing fees. Not only does license mobility make the transition easier for existing customers, it provides customers who prefer to purchase perpetual licenses the ability to continue doing so while still taking advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud.”
Secondly, a beta version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition on Google Compute Engine is also available. In other words, Windows applications will run in the cloud. Google is also working on support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 and we should soon get updates on this enhancement.
“We know our customers run some of their key workloads on Windows and want rapid deployment, high performance and the ability to stretch their datacenters to the cloud. And with awesome features like Local SSD (which also supports live migration), and multiple ways to connect your datacenter to the cloud, Google Cloud Platform is the best place to run your Windows workloads.”, says Martin Buhr.
And thirdly, a new version of Fusion Labs Chrome RDP optimized for Coud Platform has also been released, Windows can now be used in Google Compute Engine thanks to remote desktop sessions from Chrome. And all this for free. Also, Google Developers Console stores and passes the login for the Windows credentials to the RDP app, therefore customers no longer have to worry about the complexity of managing unique user IDs and passwords for each and every Windows instance. Google has already taken care of that.
However, just like any other Google Cloud use, these three features are subject to Google terms and conditions.