Google’s Cloud IoT Core is now available

Cloud IoT Core, Google’s fully managed service for connecting, managing and ingesting data from IoT devices, is now out of beta and generally available. Google envisions the service, which launched in public beta last September, as the first entry point for IoT data into its cloud. Once the data has been ingested, users can use Cloud IoT Core to push data to Google’s cloud databases, analytics tools, serverless platform and machine learning services.

One feature the company stresses is that Cloud IoT Core can support data “from millions of globally dispersed devices.” Like similar services, Cloud IoT Core supports the standard MQTT and HTTP protocols for talking to devices.

Google launched Cloud IoT Core with the support of NXP, targeting smart city and enterprise deployments like utilities and transportation. Customers can use the service with other Google Cloud services for data analytics, including Google Cloud Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Bigtable, or BigQuery.

With general availability, Google says Cloud IoT Core users can now simplify deployments by publishing data streams from the IoT Core protocol bridge to multiple Club Pub/Subtopics. Google also promised more updates in the future.

For pricing, Google offers plans based on the volume of data exchanged with Cloud IoT Core, including a free tier for the first 250MB per month. Customers can register as many IoT devices as they want under the plans. They only pay the devices are connected and exchange data.

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