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In fact, Google's Chrome security team runs its Clusterfuzz tool to perform non-stop randomized security testing in the cloud against the latest code in Chrome running on thousands of virtual machines, according to Nash.
Having more compute power means they can find (and then fix) security bugs faster. Using Preemptible VMs, they were able to double their scale while decreasing their costs, claims Nash.
So rather than let these resources sit idle, the new service allows Google to put them to useful work for customers while still being available at zero notice if the company needs them for any other purpose.
Server virtualization is all about efficiency through increased utilization, and what this does is take it a step further: increasing cloud compute resource utilization while still maintaining the necessary free headroom.
Customers win, and Google wins. All in all an excellent way to go.
Paul Rubens is a technology journalist and contributor to ServerWatch, EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and EnterpriseMobileToday. He has also covered technology for international newspapers and magazines including The Economist and The Financial Times since 1991.
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