Google Cloud has announced it is raising prices for its Persistent Disk (PD) standard snapshot storage. However, it is also planning to introduce a lower-cost archive snapshot option later this year. It will offer the same features as PD, but charge less for workloads such as DevOps and compliance. The price changes will not affect customers who signed commit contracts before Oct. 1. However, customers who renew their commitment contracts after that date will be affected.
Hidden fees in Google Cloud plans
Google Cloud computing plans can have many hidden fees. Depending on the type of data, users can pay extra for inbound and outbound traffic. This can significantly ramp up costs, particularly in large deployments. Premium tier plans use Google’s own backbone and multiple points of presence to route traffic with the least congestion and the best performance.
To avoid these hidden fees, make sure you understand the pricing for network access. If your website needs high-speed data transfer, a premium network connection may be the best choice. Many companies choose GCP for these reasons. However, network pricing can be complex and difficult to change. Hidden charges like network usage fees can quickly add up and add a huge chunk to your cloud bill each month.
Data transfer costs vary widely between providers. For instance, if you use 50GB of data each month, you’ll pay $0.08 per GB. However, if you use 100GB a month, it’ll cost you $8,555. By contrast, if you use more than 100TB per month, the price per GB will be $0.11 per GB.
Cost of e2-standard-4 instance
Google’s cloud computing plans provide a wide range of cloud computing instances at competitive prices. The e2-standard-4 instance is a good starting point for small to mid-sized sites that require high computing power but don’t need high-end resources. It can run a full-scale website on four vCPU cores and 16GB of RAM. Alternatively, if you have a single website and need only moderate computing power, an e2-micro instance may be a better option.
Google Cloud Platform also provides the largest instance on its service, called n1-standard-4, with 3.75 TB of RAM and 160 vCPUs. An e2-standard-4 instance on GCP costs $5.32/hour. It is also available with fixed configurations like vCPU, GPU, and RAM.
In contrast to n1-standard machines, e2-standard machines are best for low to medium-sized tasks. They don’t need persistent SSDs or local GPUs and are ideal for cloud-based IDEs, enterprise-grade virtual desktops, and small-scale web applications. E2 machines are also highly cost-efficient, with prices based on committed usage.
Pricing for Coldline Storage Class A
Coldline Storage is a high-density, low-cost storage service. It is the preferred choice for scenarios where data needs to be kept for less than 90 days. The price for this service is $0.004 per GB per month. The price for this service also includes a speed limit per project. The speed limit allows you to perform up to one operation every two seconds. However, this limit limits the scalability of quick updates.
Coldline Storage’s pricing is based on a pay-per-usage model. Each GB of data stored on the service will cost a user $0.007 per month. In addition, Coldline charges an additional $0.05 per GB for data retrieval. Compared to Coldline and Nearline Storage, Google’s Standard Storage and Archive Storage plans are cheaper.
Nearline Storage and Coldline Storage are the best options for storing data that you access less frequently. While Nearline is suitable for frequently accessed data, Coldline is better for long-term archiving and backup. Coldline storage costs less than Standard Storage, but it has a 90-day minimum storage period.
Cost for text-to-speech service
Google Cloud Computing plans include cost-per-character text-to-speech service. The cost per character is based on the number of characters synthesized each month. Users must enable billing in their accounts to use this feature. If the number of characters used per month exceeds the free number of characters, a charge will be imposed. You can monitor your usage on the Monitoring API, and the price for each character will be displayed there.
To use a text-to-speech service on your Google Cloud Computing plan, you must have billing enabled for the project. This can be done under Storage > Sign Up for a Free Trial. Then you can use the service. It is possible to choose different plans, depending on the features you need. You can also use other Google Cloud Computing resources, like video hosting or storage, along with text-to-speech.
If you want to use text-to-speech as a tool in your applications, Google Cloud Text-to-Speech API can provide you with high-quality voice services. It can convert text from any language into speech and is compatible with any device. Google Cloud Text-to-Speech also includes advanced features such as voice recognition using the latest deep learning technology. The service has more than 220 TTS voices and supports 40 languages.