Google App Engine

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Google App Engine offers users the ability to build and host web applications on Google's infrastructure. Supercharge your app with services such as Task Queue, XMPP, and Cloud SQL. Manage your app with a simple, web-based dashboard allowing you to customize app performance.

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Google App Engine review by <span>Harun B.</span>
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The Google App Engine provides a great opportunity for App Developers to enhance their features

What do you like best?

The engine uses the latest features and java interface for powering the program or the developer while providing the required ram requests so that the application can function with fewer issues. This is especially critical in the Beta phase.

What do you dislike?

There weren't many issues the company and myself conquered during the test phase. The main issues lied with the developer options which were not as advanced as we thought, as well as, the debugging tools which gave errors a few times during testing. We send crash reports to resolve these issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although my company is currently not in use of the Google App Engine in the Cloud, the feature surely enhances the capabilities of the program by creating the instant availability for any user in the company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Google App Engine provides great tools to a company looking for a simple yet powerful tool to enhance their application U/I or program. It provides enough assistance to resolve most major issues that may occur during the testing phase. Backed by Googles power-house support system, the program can satisfy the needs of the developers and users.

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Good for quick start up time on a new webapp

What do you like best?

The management of servers so we don't have to is the primary reason we use App Engine. The ease of set up means you can launch a new webapp from scratch fairly quickly without the overhead of needing to understand anything about servers and setting up scaling groups. It also handles spikes in traffics for you which a big plus if you may have irregular traffic from sources. It's also linked to db/datastore services that are decent and easy to set up and link. The free quota is also great for testing an idea website without needing to spend much, if at all.

What do you dislike?

Google seems to have abandoned this project at some point but left it alive to dwindle on meaning, the any issues and bugs you find won't get fixed. Support help for it is minimal and not very helpful. Documentation is old and lacking. Costs can also add up if you start getting more and more traffic particularly with reads and writes. When the servers go down, which they do, there's nothing you can do but wait because it's all handled by App Engine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are newer technologies out there that you might want to research and explore with better support and features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Google App Engine as the main host for our e-commerce website. It's great for handling the server up times and auto scaling.

What Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Google App Engine review by <span>Femina E.</span>
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E-Commerce Merchant who moved business set up from AWS to GAE

What do you like best?

* First of all, Google's

* Stability and Scaling

* No Head Ache or person required to monitor site even on Heavy traffic.

* Speed and Suggestions

* Dashboards and renovated designs

* Multitasking and Memcache

* Documentation

What do you dislike?

* Datastore Query and Log System

* Sudden downtime and Task Queue Failures.

* Tickets raising & resolve - very slow and so many questions before checking details what we shared already.

* More Library and jars.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's best to trust for E-Commerce Business or any type of businesses. The way we handle matters and impacts our business. I strongly recommend going with GAE and GWT for all type of businesses. Even we do have Mobile Platforms. GAE is the best ..... in all ways. After migrated from AWS to GAE (Since 2012), we feel a peace in our business and growth :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

* E-Commerce

* Giant E-Shop Site with Huge number of valuable customers

* Low Price with huge services

* GAE - Ease our business and genuinely helping us

Google App Engine review by <span>Melanie C.</span>
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Marketing and Sales Professional

What do you like best?

* First of all, Google's

* Stability and Scaling

* No Head Ache or person required to monitor site even on Heavy traffic.

* Speed and Suggestions

* Dashboards and renovated designs

* Multitasking and Memcache

* Documentation

What do you dislike?

* Datastore Query and Log System

* Sudden downtime and Task Queue Failures.

* Tickets raising & resolve - very slow and so many questions before checking details what we shared already.

* More Library and jars.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

* E-Commerce

* Giant E-Shop Site with Huge number of valuable customers

* Low Price with huge services

* GAE - Ease our business and genuinely helping us

Google App Engine review by <span>Robert C.</span>
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Google App Engine is a best of breed hybrid PaaS+IaaS... for the right use cases

What do you like best?

- Extremely low barrier to entry for a PaaS-like offering

- Low effort interoperation with Google Compute IaaS systems and services

- Hundreds of readily available service bindings available from Google and third parties

- Autoscaling (which can now be more finely tuned by an admin if desired)

- Easily customizable scaling options

- Integrates easily with Eclipse, InteliJ

- Well documented CLI's

- Admin console

What do you dislike?

- No ssh access / No systems level access (can be considered an acceptable limitation)

- Limited ability to manage VM and JVM specs/settings (this is getting better and better)

- No notion of file access (easy to work around but can be a little problematic if using third party code)

- Google-modified: JRE (which tends to lag quite a bit behind Oracle/OpenJDK), Log4J, and many others...

- Less portable application code due to modified libraries and proprietary access to services

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to compare and contrast your PaaS/IaaS requirements with alternatives like Google Compute Engine, Amazon AWS, Pivotal CloudFoundary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

** DISCLAIMER ** I haven't used nor recommended GAE with my current nor any of my previous employers. My employer does use Google Compute Services for dev/test environments, but not GAE specifically.

While I've used Google App Engine quite a bit over the last seven years, I've used it exclusively as a tool for low risk projects - simple web apps, prototyping, and low risk micro-services used as stopgaps.

It's very easy to work with, and the ecosystem is growing rapidly. In the last few years in fact, it's improved immensely, is starting to become a real contender for larger and more critical projects.

Google App Engine review by <span>Leo S.</span>
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I have been developing systems in the last 4 years that use GAE as the Back End

What do you like best?

It is very efficient, fast and cheap. GAE is a cool tool box that allow us to design amazing architecture that was almost impossible before.

I really like to use the GAE emulators, it allows the developer to use his machine to run and test the app in development.

What do you dislike?

It is very complex and has lots of tools and environments, there are a slow learning curve.. Each product is simple to use, but integrate them is not so easy and the products need a better documentation, examples and tutorials. The admin console is a little messy and hard to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GAE will change your life, it is simple (after you learn it), fast and cheap, but be careful, when you use the GAE, you will be tied with the Google for years, if you need to change your cloud provider, you will need to rewrite your system

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to receive thousands of small messages per second from a mobile app, then I need to apply some security algorithms and consolidate the data.

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