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Google brings advanced Stackdriver features to non-premium users 

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Google is bringing advanced functionalities and simplified pricing model to its Stackdriver— the monitoring, logging and diagnostic solution for applications that run on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Stackdriver Monitoring enables organizations to visualize the performance, uptime, and overall health of the cloud applications, by collecting metrics and metadata from GCP and AWS. It automatically discovers and monitors the resources from both the clouds.

At present, there are several monitoring features in Stackdriver which are available to premium-tier users only. These features include alerting and notification options for monitoring, and creating monitoring dashboards and alerting policies. From 30th June 2018, these advanced functionalities will be available to the users without premium pricing.

Furthermore, Google has simplified the pricing model for Stackdriver Monitoring and Stackdriver Logging services. With the new pay-as-you-go pricing model, organizations will need to pay only for the data they send for monitoring, instead of the number of resources in projects.

The free-trial option for GCP metrics will be replaced by permanent free allocation. Customers can use all GCP metrics and first 150 MB of non-GCP metrics per month for free.

Google has reduced pricing for monitoring non-GCP metrics by 80%. The non-GCP metrics include agent metrics, AWS metrics, log-based metrics and custom metrics. The pricing has been dropped from $0.258 to $0.061 per MB.

Stackdriver Logging enables organizations to store, search, analyze and alert on log data and events form GCP and AWS. It is a managed and scalable solution to ingest data from applications and systems from Virtual Machines.

Google increased retention of Stackdriver logs from seven days to three days for all the users. The Stackdriver Logging users will get 50 GB free allocation of ingested logs every month. In case of using logs over the free limit, Google will charge $0.50 per GB.

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The new exclusion filters option will help users to optimize the costs by applying filters for services they want to use. The new pricing models for Monitoring and Logging will be independent, and will be applicable from June 2018.

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