Developers can design their own compute instances in Google’s cloud

Google made a big move to woo developers Wednesday, announcing that they can create compute instances with custom configurations of virtual CPUs and memory on the company’s cloud platform.

The company calls its new feature Custom Machine Types, and it allows users to essentially build their own compute instance to fit an application’s needs. Instances can have between 1 and 32 vCPUs, incremented by even numbers of processors. To that, developers can add up to 6.5GiB of memory per vCPU in an instance (1GiB, or gibabyte, is equivalent to approximately 1.074GB, or gigabytes.)

Using that feature means that users can set up a custom machine with 12 vCPUs and 45GiB of memory that sits in between two existing instance offerings that Google already has available.

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