Google To Start Charging Fees For Heavy Users Of App Engine

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Google’s (GOOG) App Engine, released last April, is starting to grow up.

The company today announced App Engine users can grow beyond their usage quotas for the first time, for a fee. But the sword cuts both ways — the threshold of service before fees kick in is being reduced. (Google estimates users can still serve about 5 million page views a month for free.)

Users still get this free (the maths gets tricky, click here for Google’s full quota explanation)

  • CPU Time: 6.5 hours of CPU time per day
  • Bandwidth: 1 Gigabyte of data transferred in and out of the application per day

Exceed those caps and the fees are:

  • $0.10 per CPU core hour. This covers the actual CPU time an application uses to process a given request, as well as the CPU used for any Datastore usage.
  • $0.10 per GB bandwidth incoming, $0.12 per GB bandwidth outgoing. This covers traffic directly to/from users, traffic between the app and any external servers accessed using the URLFetch API, and data sent via the Email API.
  • $0.15 per GB of data stored by the application per month.
  • $0.0001 per email recipient for emails sent by the application

Expect these prices to set the tone for the rest of industry — Microsoft (MSFT), for one, still isn’t talking price with its Azure cloud, but promises to be “competitive” in the field.

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