Google Launched App Engine, a Cheap Infrastructure Tool for Web Start Ups

You can now run your web applications on Google’s infrastructure. The Google App Engine enables developers to build web applications on the same scalable systems that power our own applications. Here is FAQ on the Google App Engine. The product is one of several offering cheap infrastructure to Web businesses, so that they can rent storage and processing power and avoid expensive hardware purchases.

The development environment includes the following features:

  • Dynamic webserving, with full support of common web technologies
  • Persistent storage (powered by Bigtable and GFS with queries, sorting, and transactions)
  • Automatic scaling and load balancing
  • Google APIs for authenticating users and sending email
  • Fully featured local development environment

Google App Engine packages these building blocks and takes care of the infrastructure stack, leaving you more time to focus on writing code and improving your application.

Google App Engine allows you to write your applications with Python 2.5. For security reasons, some Python modules written in C are disabled in our system. Also, since Google App Engine doesn’t support writing to disk, some libraries that support this and other functionalities are only partially enabled. The developer documentation gives a good overview of the Python runtime environment.

Google App Engine is free to use during the preview release, but the amount of computing resources any app can use is limited.

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