History of Google Cloud

Preface – This post is part of the Google Cloud Computing series.


Google Cloud was launched in the market of cloud computing platform providers in 2008 and became popular worldwide in its services within two years. Amazon launched its services in 2006, which became a competitor for google cloud. Google cloud platform has initially worked with the web application frameworks and has grown as a premier cloud computing platform in the market. Google cloud is a platform that provides a variety of tools and services to users who can deploy and create their applications and projects easily and effectively. In this article, we will check the roadmap of cloud computing with the Google platform, beginning with the idea to launch in the market and become a successful cloud provider.

Idea generation

In the month of April 2008, Google announced a platform that can develop and host applications in a more prescribed manner as a Google cloud service from the company Google. The services were available in the market by 2011, including the public cloud infrastructure, Google workspace for the android chrome operating system, and APIs for machine learning.

Launching services and success

In the year 2008, Google made a significant announcement about launching a cloud platform which was the first product of the Google company. Soon after two years, the cloud storage service was launched in 2010 along with Bing query and production APIs. In 2011 database supporting SQL and compute engine was launched. Then in 2014, many developments were done due to which stack driver, Kubernetes, Data flow, Cloud monitoring, and Pub/Sub into beta were the significant announcements. In the year 2015, DNS became available; Diane Greene joined Google and was part of the development from that year. In the year 2016, the cloud functions became available in alpha, and the stack driver was also available. Moreover, in the same year, Google acquired big companies such as quick labs and EdTech. The development continues with the addition of more features and services to make the platform better and stand first in the competition of cloud providers. Many cloud services become available in the beta version. But the pandemic situation of COVID-19 affected the growth rate of Google cloud, due to which they have canceled the in-person version and announced an EOS network and protocol. MobiledgeX has also joined Google cloud in recent years.


Year Solution Launched
2008 Platform launch announcement.
2010 Storage and Bigquery were announced.
2013 Compute engine is released, and storage begins automatically.
2014 Kubernetes, dataflow, firebase, and Stackdriver into beta.
2015 Data flow in beta, Bebop, and v1 of Kubernetes.
2016 Functions in Alpha, google acquires Qwicklabs.
2017 Globally database is distributed in Beta.
2019 Google cloud Run fully in Beta.
2021 Kubernetes engine Autopilot.


The Google cloud has provided excellent services which have supported many languages and operating systems so that organizations need not worry about switching to the new technology. Many services are provided at low cost and help to manage web-scale data centers with a fast performance at a very low price. This article adds a brief knowledge of the history of Google cloud along with the roadmap for the development of services and platform each year. Every new idea in the roadmap faces challenges; here, the Google cloud faces the big challenge of competing with already Cloud providers available in the market, such as AWS and Azure.



  • Barry Allen

    A Full Stack Developer with 10+ years of experience in different domain including SAP, Blockchain, AI and Web Development.


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