Google on Wednesday revealed that its managed service for connecting and controlling IoT devices, Cloud IoT Core, is now generally available to customers and channel partners.
The Internet giant said that it is also growing and relying on its ecosystem of both device and application partners that can help customers build IoT solutions to address their unique business needs.
Google's device partners include ARM, Cisco, and Intel. Application partners include some of the company's "premier level" and "solution provider" partners, including Minneapolis-based Agosto and Durham, N.C.-based Bright Wolf.
"On the device side, we have a variety of partners whose hardware works seamlessly with IoT Core. Application partners, meanwhile, help customers build solutions using IoT Core and other Google Cloud services," Google wrote in its blog post published Wednesday.
Google announced the public beta of its Cloud IoT Core service in September, its first formal attempt at bringing in and managing IoT data within its cloud platform. Since then, the internet giant has been tweaking the platform and garnering user feedback.
The general release of Cloud IoT Core can centrally manage data from millions of connected and globally-dispersed devices. New to the platform is the ability to publish data streams from the IoT Core protocol bridge to multiple Cloud Pub/Sub topics, a highly-requested change that will help simplify IoT deployments, according to Google.
Cloud IoT Core users are charged by the megabyte of ingested data and can register as many IoT devices as they need. The first 250 megabytes of data per month are free, and after that, Google charges $0.0045 per megabyte for 250 GB to 250 GB of data used. Deeper discounts for those using higher data volumes are available.
Google is currently offering users a quick-start Cloud IoT Core tutorial on its Google Cloud Platform Console.
Google last week revealed its plan to acquire LogMeIn's Xively platform for $50 million in a deal that would help boost the maturity of Google's Cloud IoT Core platform, and help the Internet giant go head-to-head in IoT with cloud competitors Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.