What do you like best?
The ease to setup the entire environment. Basically, the ease to add machines to the server. The documents for setting up the system were terrific and the support system, that revolved mainly around Google Groups was fantastic. The fact that it was open source was an added bonus. It helped me learn a lot about the building process, and the hard-work that was put into building the platform.
What do you dislike?
While I was working on it, it was predominantly available only on Ubuntu Precise Pangolin. Hopefully, it is available to be implemented on a variety of other systems. Also, a few bugs were present when setting up the environment. Thankfully, the Google groups was very active, and they fixed it up and released a patch whenever a bug was reported.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Do try out this product. This is probably one of the best in the business for PaaS cloud technology. This being open source is another big advantage. It is on par with the Google App Engine performance-wise, and it should certainly get better with time.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We were basically comparing the performance of the Google App Engine and AppScale by running the same transactions on both. AppScale promised the performance level equal to or better than the Google App Engine. We found out that AppScale, even though a little buggy, did indeed deliver the level of performance as promised. It was mostly on par with the Google App Engine's performance in this regard.