Google has partnered with NodeSource to run Node.js on Google App Engine. NodeSource's enterprise Node.js platform, NSolid, is now available on the Google Cloud Platform through a beta trial. The goal of the partnership is to enable developers to build high quality Web and mobile applications that scale through Google's Cloud Platform.
Both Google and NodeSource can boast of the benefits each company brings to the other partner's existing users. NodeSource becomes an attractive platform for Google Cloud users because NSolid delivers a simple, out of the box tool that developers can use to gain insights into Node.js applications running on the Google Cloud Platform. From a NodeSource user standpoint, Google App Engine allows users to continue use of existing tools and databases already familiar (e.g. Express, Hapi, Parse-server, MongoDB, Redis, Google Cloud Datastore, etc.).
Developers leveraging the Google/NodeSource partnership gain access to an onslaught of Google tools. Developers can provide virtual machines, run Docker containers in Container Engine, or utilize Compute Engine. The gcloud NPM module allows users to integrate with Google APIs and services. Such APIs include the new Vision API and BigQuery.
Both companies have indicated that the NSolid, Google App Engine news is the beginning of much more to come. As developers start to explore the possibilities of building and scaling apps with the combination of Node.js running on Google App Engine, expect a full release and new features and functionality to arrive.