Google cloud platform can now be managed from a phone

Google has started the beta of the Android version of the console, with an iOS version expected this year

Google Cloud Console for Android screenshot

Google Cloud Console for Android screenshot

Google is testing a version for Android smartphones and tablets of a console that will help its customers monitor services in the cloud while on the move.

Following the beta launch of the Cloud Console for Android, Google said a version for Apple's iOS operating system is expected to launch later this year.

Using the app, users can set up alerts, manage Google cloud platform resources and access health graphs to gain insights into the performance and availability of their cloud-powered applications on Google's Cloud Monitoring feature, wrote Michael Thomsen, a product manager at Google, in a blog post Monday.

The console also integrates with Cloud Monitoring to enable automated incident tracking when system metrics deviate. Users can, for example, ask to be alerted if Google Compute Engine instances cross their expected load of 50 percent CPU for one hour. Google's Compute Engine runs large workloads on virtual machines hosted on Google infrastructure.

"When investigating an issue, you often need to check the health and properties of your resources, such as running state, zone or IP," Thomsen said. Users can also do a number of core operations such as changing the App Engine version or starting or stopping a Compute Engine instance. App Engine is Google's platform-as-a-service for running applications.

The beta version of Cloud Console for Android is available for download on the Google Play store.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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