Google is learning from the airlines industry
"Standard leg room" = zero leg room. And pray the guy in front of you doesn't lean his chair back.
So if Standard Tier is similar to other public cloud offerings, where's the advantage?
What's the appeal?
I thought it was Premium that was supposed to be appealing . . .
"where's the advantage?"
All the data they're slurping out of the system can be directly married up to everything else you have sacrificed at the altar of "free stuff" by choosing Google, rather than them having to get it indirectly from tracking cookies, domains registered with Google and links in Gmail emails?
A summary for policymakers
Move along, nothing to see here.
The "standard tier" pricing might be the leader to get you in the door. Then, once you want serious support, you pay for the real thing.
OTOH, I don't know how GCP is set up (I worked on the inside), but this seriously sounds like the mischievous suggestion might be spot on. The G already has internal tiers for network prioritization. There is no requirement to go outside unless saturation of the internal nets becomes an issue.
As for global load balancing, it is *hard*. The G's resources heavily favour the US, and I could easily see a situation where a lot of their customers are heavy in East Asia or Europe. Don't even start on India. In the event of a regional failure, link saturation strikes me as a real threat.
Not that the competition can do any better. I was talking to Amazon in April. I asked them about their latest outage. Immediate response: "We do sell regional diversity". But as he talked, he indicated that 2/3rds of their compute is in US-E. So yeah, they sell it, but they physically cannot sell it to everyone.
Throw in the national protectionist<bs><bs><bs><bs><bs><bs><bs>privacy regulations, and it strikes me as entirely likely that a growing GCP customer base is starting to significantly affect G's capacity. Down-tiering expectations might well be their only option until they can up their capacity.
...and then there's the NSA to consider....
.....but they already monitor "Premium"....so no diff!!!