|Has Google done enough to mollify users of App Engine?|
|Tuesday, 13 September 2011|
Google has announced "a few adjustments" to its pricing scheme for App Engine - but while they give developers some leeway there's no real shift.
Was Google was taking notice? In reporting Google's new App Engine pricing we concluded:
At present it seems that either Google rethinks its pricing structure (unlikely) or a lot of Google App Engine apps are about to disappear.
Perhaps it was as it has now made some concessions due to "developer reaction". However, the changes don't amount to price reductions but are instead a longer period before the new pricing is introduced - 8 weeks to November 1st rather than the original 2-3 weeks; coupled with an extension of the 50% discount for instances until December 1st. This latter extension is due to the delay in the availability of Python 2.7 which will support concurrent instance requests.
Another concession is an increase in the Free Instance Hours from 24 to 28 which is designed to enable developers trying out App Engine to run a single instance all day and remain in the free quota despite spikes.
The Google App Engine Blog also includes the following advice for strategies to keep the costs as low as possible:
For developers who are happy with the idea of paying for the service, Google is bringing forward App Engine Premier Accounts, making them available as soon as possible.
The blog post concludes by noting that more than 150,000 developers have chosen to use App Engine to run their apps. I wonder how many will still be using it in a few months time.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 )|