Google has launched its new Google App Engine system, which allows users to host websites and applications on the Google infrastructure.

The firm has developed the service so that it will automatically grow in terms of resources and capacity depending on the requirements of the application or website using the tool.

Among the features in the new tool are automatic scaling and load balancing, Google APIs, dynamic webserving and a fully featured local development environment.

It also features persistent storage, which Amazon’s similar S3 platform does not offer. Search Engine Land notes that this is the feature the developers of the tool are most pleased about.

The site also notes that Google believes most applications will be able to serve around five million page views each month.

Currently only free accounts are available but Google notes that in the near future developers will be able to purchase additional resources to add to the 500MB of persistent storage on offer.

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