Google has unveiled Cloud Launcher, a new capability for its cloud service that enables developers to deploy applications and services into virtual machine instances with just a single click.
Available now, Google Cloud Launcher enables customers to launch software packages on Google Compute Engine with just a few clicks, the firm said. The aim of the move is to ensure that developers can devote more of their time to designing and writing code, rather than finding and deploying libraries, fixing dependencies and resolving software version issues.
Writing on the firm’s blog, Google Cloud Platform product manager Varun Talwar said that the tool makes it easy to provision more than 120 popular open source packages that have been configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy.
“Users simply select a package from the library, specify a few parameters and the package is up and running in a few clicks. Cloud Launcher is designed to make developers more efficient, removing operational deployment and configuration tasks so developers can focus on what matters – their application and their users,” Talwar said.
The packages that can be deployed by Cloud Launcher include developer tools and stacks such as Apache Solr, Django, Gitlab, Jenkins, Lamp, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, and Tomcat, popular applications including WordPress, Drupal, JasperReports, Joomla and SugarCRM, and also databases such as MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL.
All of this is nothing particularly unusual, as most internet service providers and hosting firms have been offering one-click deployment of common packages like WordPress for many years. However, Google claims that many of the packages it offers have been specifically built and tuned for Google Cloud Platform.
“We’re actively working to ensure these packages are well integrated with Google Cloud Monitoring so you can review health and performance metrics, create custom dashboards and set alerts for your cloud infrastructure and software packages in one place. This will roll out to all supported packages on Cloud Launcher this spring,” Talwar said.