Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform is a cloud computing service by Google that offers hosting on the same supporting infrastructure that Google uses internally for end-user products like Google Search and YouTube. Cloud Platform provides developer products to build a range of programs from simple websites to complex applications.
Google Cloud Platform is a part of a suite of enterprise services from Google for Work and provides a set of modular cloud-based services with a host of development tools. For example, hosting and computing, cloud storage, data storage, translations APIs and prediction APIs.
- Google App Engine – IaaS service providing virtual machines similar to Amazon EC2
- BigQuery – PaaS service providing map reduce services. Similar to Hadoop
- Google Cloud Functions – Currently in alpha testing FaaS service allowing functions to be triggered by events without developer resource management similar to Amazon Lambda or IBM OpenWhisk
- April 2008 – Google App Engine was released as a preview.
- May 2010 – Google Cloud Storage launched.
- July 2012 – Google creates the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program.
- October 2012 – shortly after the Amazon outage, Google App Engine experienced a major outage that also affected Tumblr and Dropbox.
- April 2012 – BigQuery, first presented in March, went into General Availability (GA).
- December 2013 – After an 18-month preview Google Compute Engine was released GA.
- February 2014 -Google Cloud SQL was released as GA.
- March 2014 – During the Google Cloud Platform Live, Google announced their biggest price drop affecting all products between a 30% and 85%.
- March 2014 – Google announced Managed Virtual Machines, a new feature to overcome the traditional limitations in Google App Engine.
- February 11, 2016 – Google Cloud Functions announced for preview 
- February 22, 2016 – Google Cloud Dataproc entered general availability.