Google Preemptible Virtual Machine Instances


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To preempt means to stop. Preemptible virtual machines are available at a lower price but might be preempted (stopped) at any time. This instance always stops after running for 24 hours (except for Spot VMs that do not have maximum runtime unless defined.)


  • Data is not persisted locally. No Local SSD data is retained.
  • Persistent disks can be attached to the VM but will incur storage costs.
  • Not covered by SLA.
  • Not charged while in Terminated state.
  • Example use case: Batch processing jobs


  1. Preemptible VM instances

  2. About Local SSD disks

  3. Preemptible VMs Best Practices