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  1. New zone in South Korea

    We're hoping that the day came that we can use GCE in our country. Amazon, Azure already came and doing wonderful things. I moved out from GCE to local hosting company because of poor latency and customer wants.

    If Korea zone is created, I'll immediately move to GCE.
    Please do a wonderful job.

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      27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hello all,

      Based on comments I’m seeing, I want to clarify the topic. This forum is for Google Cloud Platform, ONLY. This suggestion is for opening a GCP service Region in South Korea ONLY. This has no bearing on other Google products or services like Maps, Youtube, GMail, etc. etc.

      If you have product feedback about Google products that are not a part of Google Cloud Platform, please post that feedback using the help and support channels for that product (for example, most Google websites and apps have a “Send Feedback” link in their menus).

      We have no announced timeline to open a South Korea region at this time, however we are very aware of the strong interest here, and appreciate all your feedback. Hopefully we can announce something on our roadmap at a future date.

      Thanks!

    • Backup schedules

      Add the ability to create automatic backup schedules, much like Rackspace and others, for persistent disks. Currently the only way we have to do something like this is to run a cron task from an instance with gcloud commands. Preferably, we'd be able to take snapshots on regular intervals from a simple admin interface instead. Bonus points for adding rolling last n backup capability, like - last three hours, last three days, last three weeks, last three months.

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      • Add memory-utilization graph.

        On the compute engine page for a particular instance and in general, we should be able to see a memory-utilization graph.

        322 votes
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        • Scheduled GCE VM instance startup and shutdown

          I'm using GCE for a small R&D project with limited budget. We would like to be able to start/stop instances automatically on a schedule e.g. to run database instances during office hours but shut them down out of hours to save costs. As far as I can tell, there is no instance scheduler in the current GCE toolset.

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          • Permit custom DHCP options (DNS servers, domain-names)

            It would be very helpful if I can specify DHCP options in my networks, minimally the DNS servers. In our use case, we have have a VPN that connects back to our internal network and large amount of infrastructure that does not have external DNS entries. (So the GCP router/DNS server can't see it).

            It would be much easier if per-network we can just default these entries instead of fixing /etc/resolv.conf post-dhclient

            Similarly, domain-name, search order, NTP would also be useful.

            163 votes
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              11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi folks,

              Thanks for the continued input on this item. We are taking a further look at this request, but it is not currently scheduled for implementation (we work in priority order, taking feedback from customers, here, and other sources).

            • Rename Static IP Addresses

              Could we have the ability to rename static IP addresses?

              For example, you may have reserved a static ip address to use as your production ip for your web server, and names it "Production Web IP". Then later on the use of that server may change, and it is no longer used as your production web server, but you need to keep the same IP address (maybe it is registered with some external service as an allowed origin for some service that you will still be using.

              In this case you will end up with a Static IP Address called…

              148 votes
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                under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Recover deleted instance

                If an instance is deleted, it is deleted permanently. Could you please provide a recover from trash option if possible?

                Thank you.

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                • Add Import/Export OVA

                  Add the possibility to import/export OVA and any other Open Virtualization files.

                  135 votes
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                  • Debit card should also be accepted as a valid payment method

                    You should start accepting debit cards as a payment method in India because students cant use gcp and its features since students cant get a credit card in India.

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                    • VM online resize of CPU/Memory

                      KVM supports online resize of CPU/memory, but GCE only supports offline resizing.

                      Online resizing of number of CPUs and memory would be very helpful to be able to handle (rare or frequently recurring) spikes for relational database workloads, where a couple of minutes of downtime to resize would not be an option.
                      Autoscaling based on system load would of course be a bonus, but is not initially required, as it is easily to script this in any case.

                      That a VM would have to be live migrated to scale up is completely acceptable IMO.

                      116 votes
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                      • Support for Oracle Database

                        I want to migrate a old system to Google Cloud

                        I want to use Oracle database in Google Cloud to migrate, but this is not posible.

                        Other public cloud have this option.

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                        • Support for MTU > 1460 bytes

                          If UDP packet's exceed the size of 1460 bytes, they seem to get fragmented by the network and cannot be reassembled accordingly on GCE instance.

                          Is it planned to increase the MTU or is there a known workaround how reassembly can be done accordingly?

                          79 votes
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                          • Revisiting Windows (more licensing and version options)

                            There's several requests already here about Windows, but it's time to revisit the idea.

                            The best basic plan for Windows is n1-standard-2. The price for Windows is $58.40/month on that. This is not right, because Vultr offers Windows at $16.00/month, and it does not increase as your hardware becomes more powerful. Additionally, BuyKVM, a smaller provider, offers Windows Server for free!

                            I can't afford to deploy a simple Windows VPS at these prices, especially when competitors beat Google badly with Windows pricing.

                            Finally, please just consider letting us upload our own Windows ISOs. Some of us have our own SA…

                            67 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi, unfortunately you are comparing apples and oranges. Windows licensing is a complex topic, controlled by the licensing rules Microsoft enforces. These rules are different for multi-tenant public cloud providers offering IaaS services than a vendor selling single tenant, dedicated hardware. That is a different business model, and different cost structure, and has very different rules from Microsoft.

                              At a high level, we have a strong partner relationship with Microsoft, and have made many suggestions on how they could improve the flexibility for customers to run Windows workloads in hyperscale clouds. We hope they’ll implement some of these soon, so we can offer the kinds of options you are looking for.

                            • Support MoSH connections from the browser

                              Currently Google Cloud supports using SSH to connect to instances from within the browser, which is honestly one of the best features about Google Cloud.

                              However, I often work over a mobile connection, which sees frequent interruptions in connectivity. SSH is traditionally very poor at this because it uses TCP for the connection.

                              MoSH (the mobile shell; https://mosh.mit.edu/) is an alternative to SSH that uses UDP with encrypted packets underneath to support more robust connectivity. It would be great if Google Cloud supported this on their VM instances and in the Cloud Console by default.

                              The way that MoSH…

                              66 votes
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                              • Support Custom ISO upload

                                Please support custom ISO upload so we can use operating systems not offered by Compute Engine. Such as modified/slimmed down Linux distros.

                                Will also let people customers upload Windows Desktop OS without Google having to figure out complicated licensing with MS.

                                63 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for you suggestion. ISO support is something we’re looking at, although importing a disk image for an OS that Google does not publish an image for is already possible, through the process of creating your own image 1. Note that existing ISO images cannot run without first being modified to include the necessary OS drivers to support GCE’s virtual hardware devices (at least disk and networking). It may not be the case that all Linux distributions can support those.

                                  However: we would not implement this for the purpose of allowing customers to violate Microsoft licensing, because we cannot legitimately support scenarios that Microsoft has disallowed. There is currently no available option for anybody to run Microsoft Desktop OSs on any public multi-tenant cloud that we are aware. You have to use dedicated hardware.

                                  1 https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/images/import-existing-image

                                • ability to limit spend per project by day/week/month

                                  Use Case:

                                  Due to unplanned load (slashdot effect etc, zero-day security vulnerability) a GCloud user may exceed the usage they expected, and be hit with an unexpectedly high bill. Other providers enable features such as rate limiting, reducing traffic bandwidth, or even disabling (turning off) the entire service.

                                  Both companies and self-employed developers don’t like surprises. Students and other hobbyists may simply not be able to afford it. It should be possible to limit max spend for an account somehow, and optionally provide some limited guidance in the GCloud UI on what to do (turn it all off, or just…

                                  63 votes
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                                  • UI to move Instances between Project

                                    in the UI be able to move instances between Projects

                                    60 votes
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                                    • operating system windows 7

                                      operating system windows 7

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                                        • Disable firewall rules

                                          Now we can only delete firewall rules. It would be great if we could disable/enable firewall rules as well.

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