Cloud Source Repositories will also make it more competitive with AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Google is quietly building up the capabilities to challenge companies like GitHub with its source code repository.
Google’s free beta access to Cloud Source Repositories provides a service for storing and editing code on its cloud platform.
While it is not likely to steal all GitHub’s customers away over night, the tool does add a significant new weapon to Google’s ever increasing armoury, which is increasingly becoming an all-in-one destination for building and deploying applications.
This is a necessary tool for it to compete in the on-going battle between itself AWS and Microsoft Azure, both of whom offer similar services through CodeCommit for AWS and Visual Studio Online for Azure.
Chris Sells, product manager, Google Cloud Platform, told VentureBeat: "Google Cloud Source Repositories provides a crucial part of our end-to-end cloud tooling story. By allowing you to manage your source in your cloud projects along with your other cloud resources, you’ve got a one-stop shop for everything you’re doing in Google Cloud Platform.
"The Cloud Source Repositories service provides a private Git repository that works with your existing tools while providing a high degree of replication and encryption to make sure that your code is as safe and secure as you’d expect from Google’s cloud infrastructure.
"Further, we’re building other services on top of Cloud Source Repositories, including Google Cloud Debugger, which allows you to inspect the state of your Java code running in production without stopping it or slowing it down, mapping issues all the way back to the source stored in your Cloud Source Repositories.
"And, just like the rest of Google Cloud Platform, Cloud Source Repositories has an API which we’ll be releasing into beta later this year, giving you fully automated control of your repositories on which to build your own tools."