This is one of a number of features in Google App Engine 1.5, announced today at Google I/O.
The latest release comes with a new surge in interest for platforms. In the past few weeks there has been a flurry of announcements from companies such as Red Hat and VMware. But the news from Google today did not produce the same level of excitement as the news of Cloud Foundry. But that may be the difference between feature upgrades and new launches.
New features that are part of Google App Engine include:
- Support for applications that require long-running and high-memory processes. This feature allows for new classes of applications, such as report generation apps and custom search engines, to be hosted on the platform.
- New API access with improvement through Task Queues. According to the Google App Engine blog:
"You can now perform offline processing on App Engine by scheduling bundles of work (tasks) for automatic execution in the background. You don't need to worry about managing threads or polling - just write the task processing code, queue up some input data, and App Engine handles the rest. If desired, you can even organize and control task execution by defining custom queues."
- Support for Go: the App Engine SDK for Go is available for download. Go apps will be available for deployment into the App Engine infrastructure at a later point not specified.
- When Google App Engine comes out of preview later this year, it will be with a guaranteed 99.5% uptime service level agreement.
- Pricing will be usage based.
The Google App Engine news is noteworthy if nothing else for the notes about the growth of the platform. It now has 100,000 developers using the platform every month. It has 200,000 apps that serve 1.5 billion page views on a daily basis.