What is Google App Engine (GAE)?
Google App Engine (GAE) is a service for developing and hosting web applications in Google's data centers, which belongs to the cloud computing category 'Platform as a Service' (PaaS). Web applications hosted on GAE are sandboxed and run on multiple servers to provide redundancy and to allow resources to be scaled according to current traffic demands. App Engine automatically allocates additional resources to the servers to accommodate increased utilization.
Google App Engine is the Google platform as a service offering that allows developers and businesses to build and run applications using Google's advanced infrastructure. These applications must be written in one of the few supported languages: Java, Python, PHP, and Go. It also requires the use of google query language and the database used is google big table. Applications must adhere to these standards, so applications must either be developed with GAE or modified to meet the requirements.
GAE is a platform that has everything you need to run and host web applications, be it on mobile devices or on the web. Without this all-in capability, developers would have to provide their own servers, database software, and the APIs to make them all work properly, not to mention all of the configuration that needs to be done. GAE takes the burden off the developers so that they can focus on the front-end and functionality of the app and achieve a better user experience.
Benefits of GAE include:
- Fast available servers with no configuration requirements
- The power scaling function extends to 'free' when the use of resources is minimal
- Automated cloud computing tools