Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine

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Compute Engine review by Hainrich K.
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"Google Compute Engine - Servers at your fingertips"

What do you like best?

My previous infrastructure based on competitive hosting I decided to move to Google Compute Engine first of all GCE makes it very easy for me to manage projects and at your fingertips, I can create a virtual server in any location (18 regions). Another great plus is the fact that Google provides an API for service management, so that we can, integrate GCE with our projects also deserves the fact that downtime google is very good, I do not remind you of a situation in which the server would be, stopped. It is also worth mentioning the free $300 to test the services which may be useful to get acquainted with GCE and is an excellent initiative for students who may not be able to afford to buy a server.

What do you dislike?

The main drawback that I found when using GCE are, problems with connection speed on different instances differ, the user interface also leaves a lot to be desired, to make a small change we have to browse through many tabs in search of the option we are interested in.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are responsible for the IT infrastructure in your company or you are just a lover, you should try GCE right now, we get $300 to test the service!

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

By using GCE, I was able to reduce my server fee expenses in competitive hosting, and I can quickly run applications in the cloud to perform tests before adding them to the production server.

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Compute Engine review by Matt B.
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"Powerful yet simple to use"

What do you like best?

Ease of use in migrating physical systems to virtual machines, especially via the CloudEndure agent. Especially when compared with Amazon Web Services, migration was a breeze with Google Compute Engine. GCE also offers relevant and timely suggestions as to how and when resources should be scaled back to realize cost savings. They have yet to steer me wrong in this regard.

What do you dislike?

The console UI can be confusing at times; certain options- especially when tweaking individual virtual machines- are not readily visible or intuitive to locate. Menus are also hidden inside of other menus, whereas in AWS all options and user paths are readily apparent no matter where you are in the console. Also, documentation is out-of-date in certain areas; for example, users no longer need to create default firewall or routing rules- steps still included in their quick start-up guide.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the CloudEndure agent when and where possible. It's fast, simple to use and makes migrating to the cloud seamless. Despite being outdated in some areas as mentioned, the documentation is also comprehensive and relatively easy to follow when getting started for the first time.

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

To move outdated and extremely fragile physical servers into elastic virtual machines; this has proven to be a major success, as resources can be added (or removed) in real-time to test performance and throughput. Even when used solely as a sandbox or virtual host, Google Compute Engine is a worthwhile investment.

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Compute Engine review by Varsha N.
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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.

Compute Engine review by Administrator
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"Simple"

What do you like best?

It is super easy to resize an instance while I am developing for a project. This allows me to use more resources to set everything up quickly and then reduce the size for lower continued costs. Also it is extremely easy to connect to the VM though the Google Console by using the SSH button.

What do you dislike?

So far there is not much to dislike about Google Compute Engine. I guess the hardest thing is that it takes a few clicks in order to find what SSH keys are on that box and to add in another one. But Compute Engine does provide a GUI management tool for adding and removing SSH keys which is really handy.

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

We use it to provision new server VMs. It is really easy to use so it allows multiple people on our team the ability to provision new resources, allowing us to not be bottlenecked when needing a new server spun up.

Compute Engine review by Cameron G.
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"Good Availabilty and Little Overhead"

What do you like best?

Most of the time, instances are highly available in the zone of choice. The Java API is straightforward and easy to use in order to take precautions in the event that avialability is less optimal.

What do you dislike?

For newer users, the availabilty can pose a bit of a problem, espeicially if the user is unaware that it can be an issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Overall, the experiance with GCP is optimal, especially for small businesses, because the features are easy to use, the user experience is concise, and it has less modules than Amazon, which can be a good thing.

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

The versatility and scalability of the cloud is ideal for a small, growing business. This always my company to take advantqge of very specialized VMs in order to scale and optimize applications.

Compute Engine review by justin w.
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"compute engine"

What do you like best?

the customized vms allow us to tackle a lot of training process of machine learning projects. besides, all the works can be distributed and executed on the cloud, which saved us plenty of time and the cost of hardware equipments.

What do you dislike?

the main defect of compute engines to us is that the price. i believe it's still not that competitive in the industry compared to the current leading competetors in the industry. one thing we noticed a lot is when we try to launch a vm and try to have everything installed and configured, we are still being charged, that is not good for the user's end for before the vm launched, we are already being charged.

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

machine learning tasks

Compute Engine review by Consultant
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"The new IaaS leader has arrived!"

What do you like best?

The areas where GCE clearly stands out as compared to AWS/Azure are Pricing, Speed and Flexibility. The web console is very intuitive, easy to use and it's fairly quick to get started with GCE.

What do you dislike?

Nothing special - the only area of improvement that I personally see for GCE (as compared to AWS especially), they need to improve the availability of network regions - apart form that I did not find any bottlenecks or showstoppers so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although GCE is new in the IaaS game (as compared to AWS/Azure), they have moved up really fast from being the high-performers/visionaries to the Leaders quadrant and growing very fast. If I were to start a new cloud project, I would do a detailed comparison especially between GCE and AWS to see what fits best to my project requirements.

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

We have integrations with GCE for some of our products to offer quick & easy deployment and management of our business solutions to our customers. Since, more and more customers are moving their workloads to the cloud, they welcome this seamless integration and easy management capabilities that we offer for GCE.

Compute Engine review by Prashant S.
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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.

Compute Engine review by Toni L.
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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 Julian O.
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"Great Customer UI Expericence"

What do you like best?

From and Expert or a new comer, Google Compute UI is really simple, friendly to use, that makes our employees do their job easily and fast. Our first time Google Compute Engine employees like it, and have done comparisons with other compute providers and they insist on staying with Google

What do you dislike?

No feature to import our own Network IPs into google cloud make it complicated with our customers that we have one on one connections, for those old school software that any changes brakes multiple things

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

not worrying about fixing HW problems, and having my team focus on our core bussiness, other than having too much staff handling our hardware.

Compute Engine review by Raul L.
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" "Wonderful for small businesses with room to grow""

What do you like best?

A simple web-based interface that is a breeze to train new engineers to use. Our experienced engineers never have trouble finding or doing anything on GCE. Sustained use and Committed use discounts mean we get top-tier VMs for an incredibly competitive price.

What do you dislike?

Sustained use discounts could be combined with committed use discounts -- just give me cheaper price if I'm running a VM for a year

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

We use it for running managing docker containers inside clusters. GCE provides the flexibility for auto scaling and managing application performance easily. It used for running all the applications across departments

Compute Engine review by Andy Z.
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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 Sunil D.
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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 Sérgio R.
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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 Dan K.
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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 Thomas E.
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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 M. Serhat D.
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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 Swapan S.
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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 Benoît S.
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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 Raymond H.
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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 Rene B.
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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 Anandarup/Anand R.
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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 Wenzel L.
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"A Student Developer perspective"

What do you like best?

The free credits in cloud allow me to use compute engine with no cost, and as a student, I love that.

What do you dislike?

The console in general is a little confusing. It'd be nice if the UI was like Firebase

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

Performing server side scripts rather than all in front end.

Compute Engine review by Ansel R.
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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 Les A.
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"GCE Experience"

What do you like best?

Easy of use and the ide range of option are very good features. This allows me to deploy instances that best meet the specific workload requirements. I can do this very rapidly.

What do you dislike?

Nothing specific to list that i dont like. Additional types are perioducally added so they continue to meet my needs.

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

I provide professional services and use to GCE nd other GCP services to solve very large range of business problems. My opinion is that all technology issues can be addressed in cloud.

Compute Engine review by Chetan T.
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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 Sandeep V.
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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 Vishwa S.
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"Not the best it is competitive"

What do you like best?

Customizable instance specs (CPU/memory), competitive pricing

What do you dislike?

Some of the features or functionalities requires a require more steps than I expected. (e.g. changing instance types, changing between pages that refer to the same VM etc.). Occasionally, I notice a little more provisioning time too. Other than that it's as perfect as it can be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Improve the API functions/features, keep it simple, Improve the GUI interface (It should start from the main GCP console view)

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

Mostly scalability and outgaes in our existing deployments

Compute Engine review by Olive H.
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"Feedback on GCE"

What do you like best?

I like the flexibility of ssh into the vm via different ways. It is very scalable and flexible for its memory and CPUs.

What do you dislike?

It is region restrictions and there are some command packages that is not preinstalled, like pip. Also, there are some dependencies and restrictions on which packages to install.

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

We build our recommendation system with GCE and then automate it via GAE via a cron job. It is very scalable and works great in the exploration phase.

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 Wojciech E.
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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 Jacob G.
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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 Ahmed A.
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"Love GCE"

What do you like best?

I like Everything about google compute engine

What do you dislike?

Nothing I do not like about google compute engine

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

Having my own server for simple things to get me up quickly

Compute Engine review by Pankaj B.
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"Felexible scaling in the cloud"

What do you like best?

The ability to scale as many VMs as required and with multiple options to do so at cost competitive levels

What do you dislike?

Really nothing so far. Everything seems good

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out, you should be able to easily get familiar with most of its features. I recommend reading the documentation thoroughly before diving in.

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

Scaling infrastructure on demand when high compute power is not available

Compute Engine review by Daniel C.
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"Best price, best product"

What do you like best?

GCP is the most flexible and powerful cloud platform available in the market

What do you dislike?

customer support could be better. I had some issues with support. UI interface have minor bugs sometimes

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

Computation, files and music storage, database management, machine learning processing. All our service is hosted on GCP, we do a lot of BigData processing and serve for big customers in Brazillian MArket

Compute Engine review by Dmitry S.
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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 David L.
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"Google Compute Engine Review"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and quick access to resources is very useful.

What do you dislike?

Nothing at the moment the service is robust but looking forward to future developments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try POC's to test your workloads & business use cases.

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

We're looking to diversify our cloud providers and adding workloads to Google Compute Engine has helped create a good way to perform disaster recovery.

Compute Engine review by David K.
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"GCE"

What do you like best?

Provides excellent migration, prices, configuration etc. Minute wise billing makes it easy to iterate and as a platform it has great APIs etc. Really good product.

What do you dislike?

The documentation on the magic of metadata server, initial DNS setup and DHCP is very unclear.

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

building infrastructure from the ground up with GCE as a replacement for bare metal datacenter VMs.

Compute Engine review by Marc F.
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"Quickest VM Option"

What do you like best?

Setting up a VM instance is extremely simple and quick, based on your workload choose the most applicable instance type and size based on your budget. Costs are shown at the time of launch.

What do you dislike?

Not enough images for AI ML on the marketplace. Regions can have vastly different hardware options.

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

Performing machine learning workloads with Python and H2O.

Compute Engine review by Jason B.
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"Super fast to spin up proof of concepts"

What do you like best?

The ability to think of an idea and get it into a live test environment in a matter of minutes

What do you dislike?

Assigning DNS to the instance is another step that could be incoorporated into the workflow.

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

Delivering proof of conecpts with minimal investment of time and money, enabling fast approvals and enabling an itterative test and learn culture

Compute Engine review by Ryan C.
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"I love cloud shell and not having to ssh into the instance"

What do you like best?

I love cloud shell and not having to ssh into the instance

What do you dislike?

I feel that when I run datalab from the cloud shell the instance dies and is unstable. The default timeout is also too short. I'd also like a notification that the shell might timeout soon- say, 5 mins before it dies.

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

all interactions with GCP

Compute Engine review by Anatoly G.
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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 Him M.
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"Per MIn usage"

What do you like best?

The coos optoimisation way where I am only paying what I use, to the only minutes, not an hour aggregated cost

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike abt the google products . So far it seems a really good choice

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

BQ UIs don't work very well at the resource level. Also the IAM is not very granular.

Compute Engine review by Toby A.
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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 Executive Sponsor
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"Just getting started"

What do you like best?

It seems good so far. I was asked to fill out a survey and I like to help. I'm probably not the best person to complete this survey. Just learning. I indicate that I'm a business partner. Once again, we' re really a customer, but looking to become more of a business partner.

What do you dislike?

Billing from various Google services (Adwords, GSuite, GCS) appears to be a bit confusing at times. This is what I am hearing from others in my company.

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

Hosting VOIP services currently. We are just getting started.

Compute Engine review by Bob F.
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"Powerful, but simplier to use than the compteition"

What do you like best?

To be honest, it's just easier for people new to public cloud IaaS to get up and running.

What do you dislike?

We have just started and are working to figure out how best to secure it. Not a negative, but just an unknown

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

We are currently using GCP to teach cloud technology to students.

Compute Engine review by Srinivas G.
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"The next generation cloud platform that all enterprises should consider using it"

What do you like best?

Although i just started using Firebase and a few more components on GCP, I love it and would move from AWS to GCP. I love the security aspect of the platform.

What do you dislike?

None yet but would definitely like to see more usecase driven training.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Case driven training helps.

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

Build middleware platforms.

Compute Engine review by Martial J.
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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

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Google Compute Engine
4.3
(160 reviews)