Google Dumps Custom Linux In Favor Of Debian For App Engine

Google Dumps Custom Linux In Favor Of Debian For App Engine

Google Dumps Custom Linux in Favor of Debian for App Engine

Google has made the switch from its own custom version of Linux, which they called “Google Compute Engine Linux” to more standard and generic, Debian Linux for App Engine. The switch syncs with the announcement of Debian 7.0 codenamed “wheezy” which brings significant new improvements and bug fixes as pushed by the community. The switch was announced last week on the Google App Engine blog. Google’s support for a standard version of Linux would ease down on compatibility issues and also increase its user base.

In addition to other benefits of the switch, Google will also tap into the massive Debian community which can now easily migrate their applications and solutions onto Google App Engine without going through nightmarish migration and compatibility procedures. According to Jimmy Kaplowitz wgoogle-app-engineho is a site reliability engineer at Google and a Debian developer, “We (Jimmy’s team) are continually evaluating other operating systems that we can enable with Compute Engine”. This statement suggests continuous lookout for more OS which may be a good fit, both from the technical and business perspectives, for the App Engine. Apart from Debian, Google also has support for CentOS which is the derivative of RHEL (Red Had Enterprise Linux) and perhaps the second most popular Linux distribution after RHEL in the enterprise world.

Even though Debian is not the first Linux distribution which supported the Cloud, it still stands out as a stable and secure distribution. The latest release, 7.0 “wheezy” comes out with improvements which are vital for deployment on any Cloud environment. Some of these include:

  • Support for OpenStack suite as well as XCP (Xen Cloud Platform) which gives users a choice to deploy their own cloud infrastructure. This will definitely be attractive for Google since there’s a momentum being built around OpenStack within the Cloud infrastructure community. In addition to using Debian on App Engine, you can also deploy your own private Cloud using Debian, thanks to its tight integration with OpenStack and XCP.

  • Support for s390x which is the 64-bit port of IBM System z machines

  • Stable support for 32/64 bit machines

  • Full Disk Encryption using geli. This is important, if not vital for any serious enterprise deployment.

  • A massive addition of around 12,800 new packages bringing the total to 37,493 packages which is by far, the highest number of packages available in any Linux distribution. One of the motivations behind this push for new packages was to get the status of “Universal Operating System”.

In order to ease the migration and deployment of your application stack on App Engine, Google has created its own Debian package mirror which may be used by Google compute engine Debian instances. Debian is definitely a pleasant addition to App Engine and indicates a move towards a standards based Cloud platform by Google.

By Salman Ul Haq

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

What is the 12/12 Program?

This program is designed to better handle the thousands of requests we receive from people looking to submit articles. The 12/12 program is the commitment of 12 articles delivered over a 12-month period.  

Wait! What if I just want to submit one article?

Our popular pay as you go sponsorship program provides the flexibility to submit as you wish and is designed for all budgets.

Contributors

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips for Successful Business Intelligence Implementation The cost of Business Intelligence (BI) software goes far beyond the purchase price. Time spent researching, implementing, and maintaining your BI investment can snowball quickly and mistakes are often expensive. Your time is valuable – save it by learning from other businesses’ experiences. We’ve compiled the top ten

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

How Do These Two Compare? In Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots. The quickest knot you can tie is the slipknot. It’s very effective for connecting one thing to another via the rope you have. It was used in setting up tents, mooring boats to docks temporarily and lifting your food up into

What Ever Happened To Google Glass?

What Ever Happened To Google Glass?

What Ever Happened to Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing in tech so where did it go? Last year you could not go anywhere without hearing about some insane new use for the product and now it seems to have vanished in a plume of smoke. A Lackluster Rollout Back

Posted on by

Big Data

To Have and Have Not: Big Data Initiatives In Developing Countries

To Have and Have Not: Big Data Initiatives In Developing Countries

Big Data Initiatives In Developing Countries The poor of the developing countries are becoming increasingly connected, to the point where they too are part of the Big Data revolution that’s happening across the globe. It didn’t come with laptops, though, as some supposed it would. Whereas it costs a fortune to connect broadband to a

Big Data In Your Garden: Initiatives For Better Understanding Nature

Big Data In Your Garden: Initiatives For Better Understanding Nature

Big Data in Your Garden Big Data and IoT initiatives are springing up all across the globe, making cities, protesters–and just about everything else–smarter. However, thus far there’s been little attention paid to the interactions between these bizarre technologies and living things other than humans. Biology, that is, human biology is one field where Big

Who Holds the Key to the City: Big Data and City Management

Who Holds the Key to the City: Big Data and City Management

Big Data and City Management Cities like New York, Madrid, and especially Rio de Janeiro are augmented with Big Data-powered initiatives that range from combating crime with predictive analytics (New York & Madrid) to providing real-time data for improved management. Although Big Data is no panacea and is mainly used in conjunction with a greater

Internet of Things

Where’s the Capital of the Internet of Things?

Where’s the Capital of the Internet of Things?

Where’s the Capital? We all know the capitals of fashion are London, New York and Paris, while the capital of film is Hollywood (or Bollywood!) – but what’s the new capital of the internet? Specifically, the internet of things? The answer – according to new research by Ozy – might surprise you. It’s not Tokyo, Seoul,

Smart Cities – How Big Data Is Changing The Power Grid

Smart Cities – How Big Data Is Changing The Power Grid

Smart Cities And Big Data As Anthony Townsend argues in his SMART CITIES, even though the communications industry has changed beyond recognition since its inception, the way we consume power has remained stubbornly anachronistic. The rules of physics are, of course, partially to blame, for making grid networks harder to decentralize, as opposed to communication

Aggregated News

Popular News Sources

Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised

Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised

“I don’t want to fight old battles,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “I want to fight new ones.” It’s Sunday evening, and Nadella is sitting in a glass-enclosed room at the back of a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, eating sushi with a few reporters. The post Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves

Apple sales soar after record-breaking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch

Apple sales soar after record-breaking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch

The US tech giant reported a 16 per cent jump in iPhone sales between July and September, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years. Read the source article at dailymail.co.uk About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of

Q&A: Intel’s Take on Chinese Startups, Innovation

Q&A: Intel’s Take on Chinese Startups, Innovation

Intel’s venture-capital arm on Tuesday said it would be investing $28 million in five Chinese startups that work on new technologies ranging from wearable devices to iris detection. It is Intel Capital’s first infusion from a $100 million China fund launched in April … Read the source article at WSJ Blogs About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized