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  1. Set scheduled autoscaling for instance groups bases on time for scale up and down?

    Should be a possibility to autoscale based on scheduled time in conjunction with other metrics. This is because, for example, I'm expecting several events during the month on specific days during specific range hours.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    We have generally not found scheduled autoscaling to be necessary in Google Cloud, unlike some other clouds. The technology behind our Load Balancers is the same as Google uses on all its sites, and we don’t need to do these types of tricks.

    We do get this request from time to time, but most customers find it is not needed, and several large web hosters have scrapped their own custom scheduling and pre-spinning approaches when migrating to GCP. Our instance provisioning and boot times are low enough that they work well for many use cases, and App Engine in particular is well suited to very fast and high scaling.

    The one thing we can’t affect would be if your particular application server requires a long time to configure itself at instance startup time. The best way to deal with that, at present, would be to try not to do…

  2. Export to OVA / OVF

    Add the ability to export to OVA and any other Open Virtualization Format files.

    30 votes
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  3. Increase IP address allocation limit

    On AWS I can assign 12 external IPs to a t2.large. I would like to exceed that limit with GCP. Even If I paid per IP I wouldn't care.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, we’re considering ways this might be increased. Currently you can only assign one external IP per network device, although we have recently added the ability to use multiple network devices. 12 would be a lot though just to get multiple IPs. Please stay tuned for further developments.

  4. Support Split DNS

    It will be nice if instance inside project can resolve DNS names to internal IPs. EC2 implementation:
    nslookup ec2-54-100-100-30.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com 8.8.8.8
    54.100.100.30
    nslookup ec2-54-100-100-30.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com
    10.0.1.253

    28 votes
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  5. Allow instances with high disk bandwidth

    Data processing workloads usually bounded on disk IO.
    Currently google provides expensive internal SDD disks that are bounded by size (3TB) or external disks that are bounded by 240MB/s limit per instance.

    AWS on the other hand allows internal hdd disks 48TB with 6GB/s performance (d2.8xlarge) or cheap persistent hdd disk that allow 1250MB/s bandwidth per instance. In any way, EC2 has much bigger offering for data processing workloads.

    26 votes
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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for your feedback, we’ll consider an HDD-based instance storage in future product planning.

    Please refer to the comments on this entry for more details about how our Local SSD product works and what it costs. I believe you’ll find it superior to the similar offering from AWS (i2), but we don’t currently have an exact equivalent that is HDD-based (d2).

  6. Increase Google Console Security with password confirmation in VM deletion and other critical issues

    Increase Google Console Security with password confirmation in VM deletion and other critical issues.

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  7. Auto stop Compute Engine after x time idle

    When you're running experiments & you don't know when it will stop : enable an auto stop after it's finished

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  8. Allow settings labels in instance template

    Currently labels can be set on instances, but not on instance templates via gcloud beta commands. In order to use labels in BigQuery billing export this would be tremendously useful.

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    planned  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for the feedback, this is definitely planned to be available. I don’t have an exact timeframe currently, but we wouldn’t GA the feature without this. Note, it’s possible to add labels to a template through the API itself through instanceTemplates.insert(), but of course that’s not very easy to use if you’re working with gcloud.

  9. Prevent deleting an image if it is used by an instance template

    If you do delete an image and it is used by a template that is used by an instance group it will prevent it from auto-healing and from scaling out

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  10. Paginate Disk Snapshots in other GCE UIs

    Hello,

    Snapshots when viewed outside of the snapshot page are not paginated. For instance, in one project of mine with automated hourly snapshots (that are garbage collected on a schedule) the Snapshots page is roughly 200 pages. This is fine and expected.

    The problem is when I go to make a GCE server and click Disks> "Snapshots" the entire 200 pages attempt to load into the forum so that a snapshot can be selected.

    I'm on an i7, OSX 16GB ram and this causes my Chrome tab to completely freeze. If I wait about 5 minutes I'm sort of able…

    23 votes
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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, Mike. This is a great suggestion, and someone from my team is looking into it. We’ll update the status here when we have more information available.

  11. Please let us add more storage...

    Even after the 65536 Limit

    I can’t seem to add other drives EVEN after quota increase

    Also I usually get lot of errors making big VMs due to availability

    Please please improve

    I want at least 100Tb storage as external!

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, as you mention 64TB is the current limit for total attached storage capacity, regardless of how many disks you use. We’re always considering improvements and will update this item if we and an increase to our plans.

  12. Committed Use Discounts for shared CPU instance

    It seems that Committed Use Discounts is only available for at least 1vCPU. But I also want to have Committed Use Discounts for shared CPU instance like g1-small or f1-micro.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for your suggestion, this is definitely something we will consider adding in the future!

  13. Specify swap space size in "Create an instance"

    Currently, after a new VM instance is created, the swap space size is 0 and, if desired, we have to add swap space post-creation. It would be nice to be able to enter a desired swap space size in the instance creation form and it would be ready and active when the instance becomes available. Note: I'm mostly using CentOS images.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks for the suggestion! Swap space is not a very common use case, so far as we know, and it might not rise to the level of something that makes sense to burden the API with for all time, but we’ll take a look.

  14. Need to route from forwarding rule port to another port for instances in target pool

    Not sure if this is already supported, but my scenario is that I'd like my load balancer to listen for TCP traffic on port 80 and forward traffic to instances in the relevant target pool listening on port 8080.

    I tried to find documentation support the above use case to no avail.

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  15. UDP Packet Fragments cannot be reassembled

    UDP Packet Fragments cannot be reassembled

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  16. ability to run startup script only once

    I'd like to use startup script to initially bootstrap my VM. After that I will manage it using Puppet/Chef/Ansible.
    It seems counter productive to run the script every time the instance reboots. If the configuration needs to change, Puppet/Chef/Ansible will take care of it.
    If nothing works, VM gets deleted and another one comes up.

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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks, we’ll look into this. In the meantime, it seems like you could accomplish something like this by having the first successful run of your script create a “touch file” (“touch ~/.ran-startup-script”) and then have your script check for that file as the first thing it does, and if it exists on the disk, then just exit.

  17. Compute Engine SSL Install

    Can we please get either a decent walk through and/or a quick install feature for SSL certificates. I hate spending hours trying to figure out the particulars of Google Cloud engine and not being able to replicate the issue because it only happens in Google Cloud. Thanks!

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  18. Clearly show my daily spend to the left of the cloud shell icon

    ADS: Average Daily Spend. I need more info on it to make better decsions, and I doubt that I am the only one.

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  19. Rename unattached disk

    Not able to rename disk once created.

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  20. Multi-regional compute groups

    I have a Web App.

    Reducing latency is very important for my Web App. I host the static content on CDN, but for dynamic content I create Compute Instances in multiple regions. All these instances are exact replicas of my Web App.

    To create these instances, I:

    Create Instance Group per Region (multiple Instance Groups but exact same configuration and Instance Template).
    
    Add these Instance Groups to Back end Service for Load Balancer.

    Every time I roll out an update or do some maintenance work, I regret why I don’t have a single Multi Regional Group.


    • My Web App receives…
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    under review  ·  Paul Nash responded

    Thanks very much for adding the extra detail to your request – this is very clear, and is in line with what we thought you might be asking for. I’ve shared your FR with the managed infrastructure team, who are thinking about these scenarios for future enhancements.

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