Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine

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Compute Engine review by <span>Varsha N.</span>
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"One of the most secure, scalable and cost effective cloud platform in the market"

What do you like best?

The pricing of Google Cloud Platform is much better compared to its competitions. It provides a tiered cloud network. It provides live migration for Virtual Machine with a large amount of scalability options. The security and reliability is one of the strong suit of using Google as a provider. It also has one of the fastest IO and one click SSH browser-based console access. With GCP, the google components and services are well integrated.

What do you dislike?

There were no major drawbacks with respect to the resources. But as the GCP is newer technology it is quite difficult to find help or guides for many problems. Also the platform is dependent on the generated library. As we need to use google's proprietary technologies which does not provide much control over VM's and makes it more difficulty to transition to any other platform. There is very limited programming language options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think Google is unmatched in its Analytics and scalable hardware. Also the trial period of 300$ allows us to test the platform before deciding on which platform to use.

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

We have used Google Cloud Platform to host virtual servers which was cost effective and integrated well with Docker without having to spend time and money managing hardware and servers.

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Compute Engine review by <span>Prashant S.</span>
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"Compute is a decent IAAS"

What do you like best?

Google Compute Engine provides a really nice console to manage your Virtual Machine Instances. Compute Engine provides preemptible Virtual Machines on a fixed price. Utilising Preemtible Instances wisely may reduce your server costs by 40%. Service Accounts provide granular control over the Access provides to users and Automating the services.

What do you dislike?

There is no easy way to upgrade an existing Virtual Machine Instance. The Preemptible Instances may shutdown anytime, also the maximum lifetime of a preemptible instance is 24 hours. The documentation provided may not be detailed for all the use cases.

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

I've used compute engine to deploy Application Backends, Infrastruction Automation and Orchestration Services and per Instance Logging. Inter-Instance connection and online SSH through the developer console makes it easy to access different instances from a single master node. Online SSH makes it easy to access any Instance from any device without worrying about the SSH Keys.

What Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution do you use?

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Compute Engine review by <span>Toni L.</span>
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"Take advantage of the Google's experience with hosting"

What do you like best?

By far the biggest reason we use Compute Engine is the huge knowledge and expertise behind the service as it is built by Google using much of the same kinds of infrastructure they use for their own services.

Also the ability to spin up machines in so many physical locations quickly and easily is a must have when building distributed and high availability services.

And their honest pricing and automatic notifications on where to downscale to save money.

What do you dislike?

There are some networking limitations, like not having the ability to get IPv6 support at all.

Apart of those we've found the management interface to be slow at times doing basic edits to server details.

It can also in some cases be much more expensive than some other providers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have a great introductory plan, where you can get free credit to try it out for free.

Take advantage this by not just running your actual servers on it but testing out all kinds of different, more expensive setups that you wouldn't normally.

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

We were looking for a reliable place to host our virtual servers without having to spend time and money on managing the actual hardware and networks.

Having the expertise of probably the best in world has been amazing.

Compute Engine review by <span>Andy Z.</span>
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"Amazing alternative to AWS"

What do you like best?

Using kubernetes, containers, and images is a way better paradigm. The API/docs are miles beyond AWS. Deployment is lightning fast!

What do you dislike?

There are still some kinks in kubernetes, which is still pretty beta. Also you can't have heterogeneous container clusters, which means you have to budget for container processes that are heavier. Finally, the disk management is still a bit kludgy. It's also missing some datastores like MemSQL that even Azure (!) has built in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're comfortable being in the google ecosystem, I'd highly recommend using this over AWS. Pricing is better and the feature set is fairly complete. The only caveat was not having access to popular datastores to hook into directly. Deploying MemSQL on it was a bit of a pain, but I'm confident that this will be worked on soon!

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

Deploying a distributed chat service for a game. So far, we've VERY cheaply scale up, with no devops team and no admin whatsoever.

Compute Engine review by <span>Sunil D.</span>
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"A great quality product from google "

What do you like best?

The best thing is cloud console. I have been using cloud console from office ,lab to my home and it has been a hell of an experience. Whenever some issues happens to my server no matter where i am, i can just open my browser and fix it, no plugin , no installation nothing required. Apart from that dockers, Click to deploy, chrome RDP plugin that let you connect to your windows instance from you browser which is platform independent, google developer console are very amazing things. Google provides very rich set of tools.

What do you dislike?

Extra layer of security by google sometime creates issue. First i have to install gcutil/gcloud a customised console for google services which don't work behind proxies and if I want to connect form terminal/putty there is a long process to follow which also creates some issues in authentications. Also availability of network region are less compare to AWS .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please add some remote editing tool for editing from cloud like cloud9 integration or some other IDE so that whenever i face some issue I can edit my files on the run. Connecting to instance from terminal should be made easy

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

I have been running three application backend on compute engine . And everything is perfect till now i didn't face any downtime. Billing is also so clear.

Compute Engine review by <span>Sérgio R.</span>
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"Google Compute Engine"

What do you like best?

Regarding my experience with Google Compute Engine, I can identify the main pros as scalability, performance and integration. Google Compute Engine has virtual machines running in Google's advanced data centers and worldwide fastest network.

Compute Engine's VM's has persistent disk storage and delivers consistent performance. The virtual servers are available in many configurations including predefined sizes or customized machines.

We get the full integration because it connects to machines in other data centers and to other Google services using Google's private global fastest network one of more fastest in the world.

Another big pro is the cost, google flexible pricing and sustained use discounts make Compute Engine the leader in price versus performance.

Google charges in minutes, although they have a 10-minute minimum charge, we only pay for the compute time we use.

The customer service is 24/7 so it is full guaranteed.

What do you dislike?

The pricing to start is very high when compared with others like Amazon

Recommendations to others considering the product

If need start your projects consider cloud engine is simple to use. Considering the price

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

Test some solution like start a project with time limited

Compute Engine review by <span>Dan K.</span>
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"Great platform with everything you could want"

What do you like best?

I love the ease of creating new systems and organizing them by projects. This makes it work great in larger organizations that organize into teams. You also have access to the worlds best network with google which works for global organizations.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I get frustrated with its use of security keys, so I seem to spend a lot of time trying to make sure that is setup so certain machines can talk to each other.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the free trial. Also, make sure to download the command line tools.

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

We use it a lot of hosting and development, it offers raw access to machines. I find the cost to be much less than AWS or Azure.

Compute Engine review by <span>Thomas E.</span>
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"Super helpful tool"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to setup an instance for whatever you need, and the low cost for the specs you get. Google also provides an API that can help you scale applications to suit your audience automatically.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how difficult it can be to navigate around the dashboard to get where you need to go. I know this is because of the vast amount of controls you receive however it could be simplified.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be ready to have loads of control over a server, you are free todo whatever you want as long as it is within the ToS. You will also be required to configure your firewall for most ports if you are using ports other then the default. The free trial is also a great thing to use.

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

By using Compute Engine I am able to deploy a server whenever I need it for whatever I need it at a relatively low cost. I am also able to save images of a disk so if I need multiple instances I can make one and then save an image to duplicate over different machines.

Compute Engine review by <span>M. Serhat D.</span>
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"Speed of Google for High Computation Needs"

What do you like best?

60 day free trial and 300$ free credit is a great opportunity to test Compute Engine. Well documented RESTful API and integration with other Google products is also a big plus compared to other similar products. Scaling the virtual machines (VMs) is really easy, just a few clicks are enough to scale your machine. Pay-per-usage feature is also budget friendly for short duration usages.

What do you dislike?

Compute Engine is not a cheap option when I compare with Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. Compute Engine can be considered as the best option for high computation needs where money is not a big issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compute Engine's free 60-day trial will be enough for most users to discover the service. Also it's great that Compute Engine is providing 300$ starting credit for free when you just register. You can integrate other computation services to Compute Engine like App Engine and Container Engine.

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

I tried Compute Engine for big data analysis and text analysis. Before that I tried to analyze some big data with Elastic (formerly ElasticSearch), but it was quite time consuming to discover and learn ElasticSearch. API support of the Compute Engine really helped me to integrate the service with Ruby applications.

Compute Engine review by <span>Swapan S.</span>
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"Google compute engines are a delight to work with for both CLI nerds and visual tools"

What do you like best?

Almost all google tools have API interfaces through which google command tools work and google is building visual / workflow tools to make it easier for others. It makes it possible to tune your resources exactly the way you want it and I have noticed that for the comparable CPU + Memory + disk, the GCE instances run faster than their competitor for the same application made with NodeJS+Java stacks. Now google has made some cloud launcher apps to deploy most common application environments. Integration with Eclipse development environment makes it easier to deploy too.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is steep compared to others due to the versatility of the platform. It takes longer to deploy a custom application which you have developed somewhere other than Eclipse or their development platform. Also there are less Q&A on stackoverflow to search for your answers if you face roadblocks.

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

I have created an SaaS app which I need to deploy to a cloud environment so that it is accessible to anybody and scales up according to demand. Google provides all the tools and services required to such a development reducing my development time.

Compute Engine review by <span>Benoît S.</span>
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"Young platform but with a great potential "

What do you like best?

The best thing that I like is the pricing : machine are billed minutely, and some extra discount are applied for long time running machines (Sustained usage Discount).

What do you dislike?

One thing gives us headache : the credentials management. Unlike other Cloud Service Providers (such as AWS), the credentials are very complicated to set up (with oauth2 and all).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even if Compute Engine became more mature the past year (2015), the service list is still tiny compared to the AWS one. But the "main" features for a public cloud are here: compute, storage, scaling... As a developer, I can tell that the tools are not so easily to use (for instance all the authentication use Asymmetrical keys, instead of the simple "access key pair" in AWS).

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

We have to process large sets of data (up to 1To for each customer), several times per day. Google Cloud allow us to infinity scale our processing power, regardless of the amount of data.

Compute Engine review by <span>Raymond H.</span>
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"Very fast and reliable!"

What do you like best?

We had major issues with our previous Virtual Private Server provider and had to find something to switch to fast. Compute engine was super easy to set up and get running. Their control panel is the best I've ever seen and is very easy to use. The ability to remote desktop or SSH into any compute engine instance easily from anywhere you're signed into your google account is super nice and allows me to manage our servers easily from the office as well as from home or on the go. They also offer several other services to compliment Compute Engine which saves on bandwidth charges as communication between their own services is free. The free trial also allowed us to get everything up and running and be sure Compute Engine would meet our needs without having to pay anything.

What do you dislike?

It is still more expensive than some alternatives for bandwidth and virtual machines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They offer a 2 month, $300 trial, so except for very large setups you should be able to try everything out free of charge.

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

We need stable, reliable, fast Virtual Private Servers which are easy to manage and flexible. Google Compute Engine gives us all of that in an easy to manage interface.

Compute Engine review by <span>Rene B.</span>
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"Awesome if you know what you're doing"

What do you like best?

The performance is outstanding; as well as uptime. The price is right as well. The service is really nice and, at the moment, all monitoring is free.

Don't get me wrong. The service is awesome. It is just that it lacks a lot of things yet.

What do you dislike?

You can't use port 25? Come on! There are ways to circumvent this and it is a stupid measure; while not preventing any spammers from abusing the service.

A Natted network is convenient in many cases, but very inconvenient in others.

No support for PTR records? Ridiculous and they couldn't care less: https://code.google.com/p/google-compute-engine/issues/detail?id=51

No easy way to install my own distro. I gotta "import it". It is a mid point between the AMI ridiculousness in Amazon, and the utter coolness of CloudSigma, which lets you install anything you want.

Literally, no way to contact a support team or a chat or anything. This sucks all around Google. They think everything should be solved by their AI, eh? Let's hope it gets up to speed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need your own mail server; forget them.

If you're into BSD/OpenIndiana/Solaris/Haiku, don't even try.

If you'd like a human being to attend to your help calls, forget it...

If you need awesome performance and you have the smarts to do whatever you want with a semi-closed network, go ahead, it works wonders!

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

Mainly, distributed application architectures.

Compute Engine review by <span>Anandarup/Anand R.</span>
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"Google Compute Engine - fast server provisioning"

What do you like best?

Fast server provision

Reasonably pricing

What do you dislike?

1. Cannot change instance/server names!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to use preemtible instances using startup scripts. They will make a huge difference in the monthly costs!

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

1. Can spin up new instance or instance groups whenever needed. Its FAST1

2. Sustained Usage Discounts make it really cheap.

3. The Compute Engine also offers health check to be used with their load balancing, which is a great tool !

Compute Engine review by <span>Ansel R.</span>
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"Fantastic service and reliability"

What do you like best?

The service is very easy to use and has been big free.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about this service. I would love for it to be free but it is very competitively priced.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the documentation and turn off instances you don't need.

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

We are running out entire server infrastructure in compute engine and it has saved us from a floundering colocation setup.

Compute Engine review by <span>Chetan T.</span>
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"Complex but easily customizable"

What do you like best?

The best thing I like about this is, it is purely customizable if we compare it other cloud providers. THis review is based on cloud console only, in terms of IAAS, this is pretty good and ahead of others.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is, that this one is pretty complex, such as firewall settings,( tag based now,), second is key mechnasim, there should be option to create key online.

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

USing it host our applications and some other use cases as per the requirement

Compute Engine review by <span>Sandeep V.</span>
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"Hadoop Cluster Performance Review"

What do you like best?

Ease of deployment and managing the VM's.

What do you dislike?

The User interface is pathetic, a major change/modification is required to make the UI great.

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

I used Google Compute Engine as part of my coursework and did my thesis on GCP. We used GCP to test performance of Hadoop cluster.

Compute Engine review by Consultant in Telecommunications
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"IaaS at its best!"

What do you like best?

The overall experience with GCE has been great, once you get your head around its workings, which of course can be said for other cloud IaaS providers. Google provides ample documentation to start with, to the point which support services are not really required, however there are areas where one has to dig deeper in user groups etc.

We have been using Docker for deploying our instances on GCE plus the 1-click deploy feature of Google for other infrastructure services, mainly the data store and the messaging bus. This features is extremely helpful as it allows, for example, to deploy a clustered MongoDB instance with no hassle at all. The overall experience with Docker setup on GCE has been great. Microservices are stable and we never had an issue with spontaneous restarts as we have witnessed on other providers. Performance is also great and our load testing scenaria are on par with Docker containers running on local dev machines.

What do you dislike?

Pricing can easily get out of the budget envelope if one is not careful with the resources committed in a project. GCE, however, provides predictive per-day costs that can help mitigate the danger.

On a technical level, we have witnessed network partitioning of our RabbitMQ deployment from time to time, which can be restored by an incremental restart of the clustered VMs. Another minor flaw that we discovered is that Docker containers of Nginx do not spawn after having been restarted for 3-4 times. One has to drop the entire instance and recreate it from scratch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GCE is a great service to use and provides great flexibility in its pricing structure and features. I believe it is a great candidate for Dockerised microservice-based applications.

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

Our application needs to be initially small so as it can be demonstrated to key users. However, it may well need to scale, both horizontally as well as vertically, to many nodes in order to support future demand. And this is really where GCE shines. One can manage the computing resources needed for the app to run smoothly either through the web console or by utilising the dedicated gcloud tools. In either case, upscaling or downscaling is a breeze.

Compute Engine review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Reliable alternative to AWS EC2"

What do you like best?

- Simple to set up and get up and running. Also straightforward to scale instances.

- Easier to estimate costs than with AWS EC2 instances.

What do you dislike?

- Customer service is not as responsive as AWS

- Expensive monitoring

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

GCE allows us to focus on software without worrying about the pains of maintaining our own hardware. It's excellent for our use case of a high-availability server that scales according to fluctuating amounts of real-time traffic.

Compute Engine review by <span>Wojciech E.</span>
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"A great alternative."

What do you like best?

I was surprised how many features it provides. It is a great alternative to Amazon EC2 with a lot better interface. I'm using it for 2 months now and I'm very satisfied with it. Stable, all of the features I was using on AWS are covered.

What do you dislike?

I think there's a lot of space for UX improvements. It is sometimes very difficult to find something regarding security, sharing permissions, linking disks to instances.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a complete cloud solution.

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

I keep my production and staging environment there. It's a full blown cloud solution.

Compute Engine review by <span>Jacob G.</span>
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"Excellent developer experience, fast hardware"

What do you like best?

Compute Engine is very developer-friendly, offering a beautiful easy-to-use console, CLI, and API - I liked the network and instance speed most of all (especially start-up time). Lots of rapid innovation, most months Google would email with a new feature. Anycast DNS was also nice as well.

What do you dislike?

Not quite as fully-featured as the industry leader AWS, but quickly catching up. MySQL costs were significantly higher than other options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Avoid App Engine as you will experience lock-in - otherwise take advantage of the surrounding support services.

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

Was looking for a deployment solution for our multi-tier application - some of the database offerings especially looked promising.

Compute Engine review by <span>Dmitry S.</span>
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"Easy to use, best UI with powerful APIs. Easy to scale anything."

What do you like best?

No need to hire system administrators to manage your stuff – deployment and scaling made easy. Non exactly compute engine related, but it's worth to mention their integration with Cloud Logging, Cloud Monitoring, etc. It's really useful.

What do you dislike?

It's much more expensive than non-cloud providers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to start even if you need just a simple server like for WordPress or something. You can deploy it in couple of clicks in web UI.

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

We can use as much cores as we want when we need to run a batch data processing. And it's cheap with preemptible instances.

Compute Engine review by <span>Anatoly G.</span>
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"great cloud platform, everything we want and more"

What do you like best?

great UI, easy to use and comprehensive. Amazing breadth of service, super customizable, awesome support.

What do you dislike?

pricing granularity is great but takes time to understand. Some features lack same polish as the main product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you like using CLI tools, and you need compute units of various types (high CPU, high RAM, etc), GCE is a great option.

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

we use gce to host our SaaS application, and are leveraging GCE (Compute Engine), GCS (Cloud storage) and BigQuery. We use other services as well, these are our bread-and-butter, however.

Compute Engine review by User in Internet
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"Nicer interface than AWS; still some rough edges"

What do you like best?

The interface is nicer and cleaner. So, it is easier to use for Software Engineers like me who are NOT full-time operations person. It is priced lower than AWS and since I don't run something mission critical, I love the lower price.

What do you dislike?

There are still rough edges. The web site would give errors from time to time. Stackoverflow support is poor since everyone else use AWS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it for non-mission-critical work. For mission-critical work, not only AWS is more reliable but also since everyone else uses it, StackOverflow support is much better.

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

Running a virtual host to host my personal website.

Compute Engine review by <span>Toby A.</span>
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"Awesome and stable infrastructure"

What do you like best?

Incredibly easy to use with amazing support and examples. The power of the infrastructure on the whole Google Cloud Platform is outstanding.

What do you dislike?

There is no way (that I know) to change instance names. This is a massive annoyance.

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

Google Compute Engine helped us increase our stability and cut pricing almost by half.

Compute Engine review by Administrator
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"A very pleasant experience"

What do you like best?

Google Compute Engine is a great service all over. It's very easy to get started and all of the products are fairly priced.

What do you dislike?

There are not very many things to dislike about Compute Engine, except from one thing that has caused a few issues: the lack of ability to set reverse DNS records for your IP addresses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you require customised PTR (reverse DNS) records for your instances, I would suggest staying with Amazon Web Services (or any other provider) for now. Apart from that, Google Compute Engine is a great service to go with.

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

Google Compute Engine has saved a lot of money and time for our company and is great to work with.

Compute Engine review by <span>Martial J.</span>
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"Compute Engine is powerful but expensive"

What do you like best?

I like the web console and how easy it is to navigate compared to the AWS control panel.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the gcloud CLI - I think it's too painful to sign into instances and do advanced adminstrative tasks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of the trial credits for new products and experiment with different machine configurations/images.

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

We're solving problems that involve the use of deep neural networks and VR

Compute Engine review by <span>Sarneet C.</span>
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"Best PaaS out there"

What do you like best?

Fine grain access control, sandbox projects, easy to use SDK and great support. Intuitive dashboard and preemptible instances

What do you dislike?

Pricing is somewhat high and documentation although present is not very good.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and you'll love it. Spotify shifted to compute engine too.

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

Deployment of website on compute engine

Compute Engine review by Administrator in Internet
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"Elasticsearch Setup"

What do you like best?

Taking images of servers and creating new servers from those images works well. The creation and destruction of servers is less intimidating than AWS, but less so than VPS providers like Digital Ocean.

What do you dislike?

A lack of tutorials and pre-made environments. I end up reading Digital Ocean's tutorials and trying to apply them to other clouds hosts because they are written so well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If AWS is too expensive but you don't want to use VPS servics, Google Compute Engine may be for you.

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

I add additional features to our product that sometimes involve provisioning servers with applications that assist in providing those features.

Compute Engine review by <span>Rupak A.</span>
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"The Best computing platform on cloud"

What do you like best?

Flexibility of environments

Pricing

Ease of use

Documentation

What do you dislike?

Support community is not that great across stack overflow or any public forums. Constant changing of layouts and UI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best Infrastructure ever

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

Cloud Infrastructure on GCP has been a smooth transition. The best computing platform based on top 3 which we have tried

Compute Engine review by <span>don b.</span>
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"Easy to learn lots of flexibility for scripters"

What do you like best?

All the open source scripts available and the ability

to use hook programs to tie into the infrastructure

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if google did a year free of minimal instance for developers like amazon does

Recommendations to others considering the product

Dig deep the more you learn the easier it gets

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

DevOps and automation of both common and infrastructure tasks

Compute Engine review by User in Internet
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"Great way to deploy your apps"

What do you like best?

Very easy to deploy web applications in seconds without caring about infrastructure too much. It does it all for oyu - scaling etc.

What do you dislike?

Still a bit immature product, there are a few glitches here and there. Better integration with other products, for example with code-hosting services like bit-bucket or github etc. Also would be great to offer more languages than currently it does.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to access some OS-level stuff, it might be better to for a VM rather than an application container.

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

A simple python web application.

Compute Engine review by User in Health, Wellness and Fitness
User in Health, Wellness and Fitness
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"I like it but they charge a lot for consumed time"

What do you like best?

The best is the easiness of usage. I like the way you have everything in one place and you can see at your left all your integrations. They also have a free trial period of 3 months..

What do you dislike?

I dislike how much do they charge after the 3 month trial period,

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't know which one I will go for or if it will be better to have a dedicated server to start.

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

I have realized that you can go straight to amazon which is free for one year. Though they charge you too.

Compute Engine review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Top class product"

What do you like best?

The UI is very intuitive and easy to use. Compute Engine is a very powerful and reliable product.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is steep and it would have been helpful to have more guidance.

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

Compute Engine is great for hosting web applications and tracking metrics. The VMs boot quickly allowing us to scale and handle large influx of traffic.

Compute Engine review by User in Consumer Services
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"Easy to manage to cloud platform"

What do you like best?

1) It's easy to create and manage a new VM instance

2) Rates are nominal

3) Nice flexibility to choose instances based on the geographical location

What do you dislike?

1) Online documentation is not upto the point.

2) Monitoring options are not clear and not sure how to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With right monitoring infrastructure, GCE could be cost-effective for small users.

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

I have several C++ servers that runs on linux. We evaluated Google Compute Engine briefly. It looked promising and flexible for our needs.

Compute Engine review by User in Computer Software
User in Computer Software
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"Powerful, modern, and well documented IaaS platform"

What do you like best?

Great APIs, well documented, detailed control, very clean and powerful UI (via console.developers.google.com) and ease of use; also a great platform for containerized workloads thanks to GKE.

What do you dislike?

There are no showstoppers overall, but some areas could be improved in terms of UX (mainly around integration with other parts of GCP).

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

Mainly demonstrators, Kubernetes workloads

Compute Engine review by User in Information Technology and Services
User in Information Technology and Services
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"Best Compute Engine"

What do you like best?

All the provided services are good to use.

What do you dislike?

Price goes low with its less of use of service.

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

Cloud storage and cloud SDK is nice.

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