Google reveals App Engine pricing plan, APIs, no more waiting list

Google is planning a few announcements for their web application platform, Google App Engine, at tomorrow’s I/O Conference, but the folks over at ReadWriteWeb managed to get the details a bit early in a pre-conference interview.

One of the announcements will be pricing plans for resource allotments past what Google offers developers with their free accounts. Though free accounts come packed with a hefty allotment of 500 MB of storage per month and “enough bandwidth and CPU for 5 million monthly page views”, this might not be enough for the more popular or data intensive web apps. Starting sometime around the end of the year, Devs will be able to purchase additional storage, CPU time, and bandwidth at the following rates:

  • $0.10 – $0.12 per CPU core-hour
  • $0.15 – $0.18 per GB-month of storage
  • $0.11 – $0.13 per GB outgoing bandwidth
  • $0.09 – $0.11 per GB incoming bandwidth

Also being announced are two new APIs: One is for tying in image manipulation features such as resizing and cropping, while the other is for utilizing memcached, a caching system that drastically decreases strain on databases by storing data in memory.

Last but not least: they’re getting rid of the waiting list! Google App Engine’s open slots were filled ridiculously quickly, after which hopeful sign-ups were put on a waiting list. I hopped on the waiting list a few days ago, so this is awesome news. Now I just have to go brush up on my Python. (Fine. I have to go start learning Python.)