Google Cloud Platform provides a number of different services, including compute, storage, networking, and databases, to name a few. Some of these services are even free up to certain usage levels if you sign up for an account. While using cloud computing resources comes with plenty of benefits, there’s often confusion about how much it costs to use them in the first place. In this guide, we’ll help you calculate the cost of Google Cloud Platform services so you can better understand what you’re paying for.
Step 1: Pick your desired region and zone
Choosing the right region and zone for your Google Cloud Platform services is important for two reasons: performance and cost. Different regions offer different pricing, so you’ll want to choose the one that best fits your needs. Additionally, certain types of services are only available in specific regions.
For example, BigQuery is only available in certain zones in North America, Europe, and Asia. That being said, keep in mind that some services (such as App Engine) will be automatically set to use a certain zone. The first step then is picking the right region and zone. If you’re not sure which one to pick, review our table below:
The next step then is calculating how much each service will cost by multiplying the service usage units with its corresponding unit price per hour. Remember though that usage units differ depending on what type of service it is – storage or computation for instance. You can find a list of all Google Cloud Platform resources here . Here’s an example calculation for Google Compute Engine VM Instances using the default us-central1-a zone:
Instance Hours/Month x Price = Monthly Bill
1x CPU = $0.00528
$0.00528 x 24 hours/month = $1.056/month
5x CPU = $0.011156
$0.011156 x 24 hours/month = $2.222/month So the monthly bill for a single CPU VMs would be $1.056 while the monthly bill for five CPUs would be $2.222.
To calculate total bill over X months, just multiply month number with amount due per month. For example, if you were looking at bills over three months, it would look like this: 3 months x 2.222 = 6.666 total dollars owed ($1 +$2+$3). Note that these calculations include data transfer costs but do not include tax charges.
Step 2: Understand how much storage space you need
When you’re trying to determine how much storage space you need on Google Cloud Platform, it’s important to consider what you’ll be using it for. If you’re just storing files, you won’t need as much space as if you’re storing an entire website. In general, 1GB of storage can hold about 500,000 small files or 50,000 large files.
If you’re not sure how much space you need, start with a lower amount and increase it as needed. To calculate how much storage space you need, divide your total file size by the average size of your files (small or large). For example, if you want to store 2TB worth of data but most of your data is videos (10MB per video), then you would divide 20GB by 10MB, which would give you 200TB.
Step 3: Compare with similar offerings from other providers
Now that you know how much it would cost to use Google Cloud Platform services, it’s time to compare with similar offerings from other providers. There are a few things to keep in mind when doing this comparison:
– Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. In other words, compare services that offer the same features and functionality.
– Consider both the upfront cost and the long-term costs. Often, one provider may have a lower upfront cost but a higher long-term cost.
– Don’t forget about hidden costs. These include ongoing maintenance fees and software licenses, among others. For example, if you want to be able to access your data through an app on your phone or tablet without paying an additional fee, then this option might not be available with certain providers.
– Ask yourself whether you want your infrastructure hosted by someone else or if you want the flexibility of managing it yourself. With a managed service like Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, Google will manage your servers for you so that they don’t crash; whereas with self-managed services like Rackspace Cloud Servers or GoDaddy Virtual Private Servers (VPS), there is more responsibility on your part.
Step 4: Use long-term commitments as a discount
If you plan on using Google Cloud Platform for the long haul, you can get a discount by signing up for a long-term commitment. This discount is called the commitment discount and can be applied to certain Google Cloud Platform services.
To get this discount, you must sign up for a minimum committed use duration of 1 year or 3 years. For example, if you sign up for a 3-year commitment, you’ll receive a 5% discount off the total cost of your usage during that time period. In contrast, if you’re only looking for 6 months of usage at the time of purchase, then there’s no discount.
A few other things to keep in mind:
You need to purchase at least one SKU (e.g., Compute Engine) and one commitment type (e.g., monthly) before applying a commitment discount. The commitments apply automatically when you choose an annual or three-year term and are billed pro rata for the number of days remaining in your contract once it expires . For example, if you have 10 days left in your two-year commitment, then you will pay for 10/24ths of the service.
Step 5: Use freebies as an incentive
Google offers a variety of freebies to new users, which can help offset the cost of using their services. Their Always Free tier provides users with a limited amount of resources that never expire. Additionally, they offer credits that can be applied to your account and used towards paying for services. Lastly, they have a generous referral program where you can earn $300 in credit for each person you refer who signs up and spends $100.
You also get an additional $150 if they remain as a customer for 6 months. For this blog post I will not be doing any calculations but it is important to keep these options in mind when considering what plan would work best for you. If you want to use some freebies like unlimited storage or data transfer then this should offset some of the costs associated with their pay-as-you-go plans.
The credit from referrals could cover several years worth of usage depending on how many people sign up under you. When considering all three types of incentives it seems like an excellent choice because even after factoring in the cost associated with running this website I still end up saving money by going through Google Cloud Platform services.