Selecting a Google Compute Engine Virtual Machine Type and Size

The Google Cloud Platform offers many types of Google Compute Engine (GCE) virtual machines (VMs) in various sizes. Choosing the right VM for your workload is an important factor for a successful Tableau Server deployment. You can choose from a wide range of VMs. For a complete list of all available VM types and sizes, see the Machine Types page at the Google website.

It is important to select a VM that can run Tableau Server. The VM must meet the Tableau Server hardware guidelines (a minimum of 8 cores and 32 GB of RAM).

At minimum, a 64-bit Tableau Server requires a 2-core CPU (the equivalent of 4 Google Compute Engine vCPUs) and 8 GB RAM. However, a total of 8 CPU cores (16 Google Compute Engine vCPUs) and 64GB RAM are strongly recommended for a single production Google Compute Engine VM.

The Windows Operating system will recognize these 16 vCPU as 8 cores, so there is no negative licensing impact.

Typical VM types and sizes for development, test, and production environments

  • n1-standard-16
Component/Resource Google Cloud Platform


16+ vCPU

Operating System


  • Windows Server 2012r2, 64-bit

  • Windows Server 2016, 64-bit


64+ GB RAM (4GB RAM per vCPU)


Two volumes:

30-50 GiB volume for the operating system

100 GiB or larger volume for Tableau Server

Storage type

SSD persistent disk, 200GB++

For more information about SSD persistent disks, see Storage Options at the Google Cloud Platform website.

Disk latency

Less than or equal to 20ms as measured by the Avg. Transfer disk/sec Performance Counter in Windows.

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