Review for cheapest instance on google cloud platform
Oct 22, 2015
2 minutes read

Compute Engine in google cloud platform provide cloud instance service. I’d like to create new instance for my blog and shadow sock. Here we go.

Create one instance

Google provide a clear console for create instance:

  1. You create a project first, then you can create your instance in VM instances label page. Choose f1.micro machine type. (Cheapest)
  2. After create finished, there’s a button named SSH at the top of instance detail info.
  3. Now you can click Open in browser window to open a console window.

More info about instance

First let’s just check some info about my cheapest (though it’s free) instance.

# top
%Cpu(s):  0.0 us,  0.0 sy,  0.0 ni,100.0 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.0 si,  0.0 st
KiB Mem:    603408 total,   308216 used,   295192 free,     9092 buffers

# df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1       9.9G  1.3G  8.1G  14% /

1 core, 0.6GB memory, 10GB disk.
Try to reach china website (instance is us central)

awayyao@instance-1:~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=176 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=176 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=176 ms

of cause google is not blocked here

awayyao@instance-1:~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=1.05 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=0.877 ms

we can test download speed(refer to this link):

awayyao@instance-1:~$ wget -O /dev/null
--2015-10-22 06:13:22--
Resolving (, 2607:f0d0:3001:78::2
Connecting to (||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 11536384 (11M) [application/zip]
Saving to: ‘/dev/null’
100%[=======================================================================>] 11,536,384  16.0MB/s   in 0.7s   
2015-10-22 06:13:23 (16.0 MB/s) - ‘/dev/null’ saved [11536384/11536384]

So fast, 100Mbps at least.

That’s the first look for cheapest ( less than $5 per month ) instance on google cloud.

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