Google previews a new way for cloud customers to track their spending

Earlier today Google showed it’s serious about handling big public cloud deployments, just like Amazon Web Services. In a blog post, Google product manager Rae Wang introduced a preview of a feature that pushes a big file containing cloud usage data to Google’s cloud storage, which customers can then access to track spending on the growing Google Cloud Platform.

Google cloud customers can choose their method of accessing that data: through an application programing interface (API), through a command-line interface, or by way of a file browser. It’s available in JSON or CSV format.

Opting for this route saves Google the trouble of having to iterate the way Amazon has in coming up with a convenient way to expose usage data to customers. (Currently

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