Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine

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Elia A.
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"Google Compute Engine - My opinion"

What do you like best?

Google Compute Engine is a great solution that allows me to create a server and connect to it in a short time. Connecting to virtual instances is easy when deploying both Linux and Windows. The instance can be accessed via SSH, and there is even the Chrome RDP (Chrome RDP) extension that makes it easy to connect to Windows on any operating system in use. Another big advantage of GCE is the number of available data centers, so we can choose a good location. It is also worth mentioning that we receive $300 to thoroughly test the service and check if it meets all our requirements.

What do you dislike?

One of the disadvantages I noticed is that the price of Google Compute Engine is not one of the cheapest AWS services, but in return, we pay for it, for the quality.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a cloud that will enable you to check your applications before deploying them, you should consider using Google Compute Engine now, all the more so as we get $300 to start!

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

By using the Google Compute Engine, I can create a server that will allow me to test the product.

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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 Also, documentation is out-of-date in certain areas; for example, users no longer need to create default firewall or routing rules- steps still included in their quick start-up guide.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 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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Felix M.
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"Easy to start and manage Virtual Machines"

What do you like best?

Google Compute Engine has got an intuitive dashboard that enables users to easily track live server stats.Easy to configure the VM to scale based on demand and can be resized with close to zero downtime. Most importantly, it has a clear and well documented API. Users can easily migrate their VMs thanks to CloudEndure agent.

What do you dislike?

It is a little bit costly to maintain. Google Compute Engine also has a steep learnig curve and could be difficult to use for those coming from other cloud services.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Definitely the best VM in the market today. Great for scalability and security.

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

It has allowed us to scale our applications. It has also allowed us move our existing infrastructure to the cloud.

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 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.

Jennifer L.
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"Still learning but seems ideal"

What do you like best?

My organization is just starting to migrate applications to Google Compute Engine. What is nice for us, is that with a small IT group (7 staff members) we have started to move some of our smaller projects quite easily. We are still learning, and realize that our higher profile and larger applications will take time to migrate. However, Compute Engine has a nice interface, creating VMs is a whiz compared to the time it takes to configure one now, and there is reduced overhead by being able to configure firewall rules at the same time. Again, we are still learning but we are impressed by what we've used.

What do you dislike?

It is a learning curve. We are accustomed to using certain software platforms and GCP is just different.

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

We have a small IT staff that supports 3 offices in the US as well as a few overseas. We are looking to reduce overhead as well as cost (we are non profit).

Yash S.
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"No need to worry about the infrastructure, only focus on the code!"

What do you like best?

Like the title of the review states, there's absolutely no maintenance of servers and the hassle to manually scale the load. There's a variety of OS images available and a list of persistent volumes that you can attach with that image. You can have automatic load balancing which is for me, the best part.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing to dislike, really! The virtual machines spin up extremely fast and can be managed seamlessly using the instance groups and setting service account permissions. The only factor that comes to mind, is the availability of free tier options in which a user can use a list of predefined images and link them with their product.

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

We're spinning up multiple virtual machines based on the load requests to our web app which does object detection on images which are captured via a raspberry pi cluster and transmitted over the IOT using their endpoint.

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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 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.

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"Awesome even for non-engineers"

What do you like best?

6 months ago I was completely new to cloud and only had basic infrastructure knowledge. Google Compute engine is accessible to non-engineers while also giving power users the control and customization they need. Love it how Compute Engine makes powerful technology easily accessible to everyone.

What do you dislike?

There is not really anything to dislike at the moment.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just set up a test account and dive in and try it. Try the courses on Coursera and Qwiklabs

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

I work for a Premier Partner so we help a wide range of companies. From people moving off-premise for the first time to companies looking for places to host their site, content or app. The possible use cases are endless.

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"Google Cloud Engine Pricing Calculator"

What do you like best?

GCE Cloud Pricing Calculator is useful for estimating the cost of one or a couple VMs. It is useful at an individual level, or for a small project. I am speaking of the online calculator at https://cloud.google.com/products/calculator/

What do you dislike?

The tool is awful for estimating costs of real world migrations, where you may have to estimate costs of hosting hundreds or thousands of VMS, that move into GCE as part of a multi-month project in waves. There is a way to export simple cost estimates to a crude excel file, but no way to ingest bulk data, or share it with clients. IT also does not allow you to compare retail pricing to CSP pricing, which would allow a client to compare the relative of value of being in their own Google tenant verses having their workloads hosted by a Google Cloud Service provider.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Focus not just on creating the many services, but more on how people onboard to them. To many customers, GCE is like a beautiful hotel in earth orbit that they can't figure out how to get to. There are many vendors offering migration services, but no standard way to evaluate the cost estimations each vendor provides to clients, even for GCE by itself, let alone comparing the cost benefit of hosting some workloads on GCE and others on Azure, AWS, Oracle Cloud or IBM cloud.

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

We have many clients with legacy VM infrastructure on VSPHERE environments in our hosted datacenters, who want to compare the cost of staying in our datacenter verses moving some or all workloads into Google Cloud over many months. Because there is no standard way to do this with bulk data, every potential enterprise client is stymied in their migration plans. Microsoft Azure has a much more robust toolset for this cost estimate exercise which is critical to getting a client's approval for a migration project to commence. AWS, on the other hand, is just as bad or worse than Google's price calculator.

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"Get In The Cloud Now"

What do you like best?

Compute Engine is completely intuitive. In just a few clicks it is possible to stand up a virtual machine. There are a lot of pre-configured images available to choose from including free and paid OS licenses. If you've ever set up a server then you know how much work it can be to get everything just right. With Compute Engine, your virtual machine comes up completely configured and ready to run. There is no reason you can't migrate your current virtual machines to the cloud quickly and easily.

What do you dislike?

Compute Engine does require that you still manage the virtual machine. This means you still have some responsibility to keep your server patched and secure. I don't consider this a dislike, as much as a necessary part of the process.

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

Google Compute Engine has enabled us to quickly move our existing infrastructure into the Cloud without having to worry about learning the new methodology right away. This gives us the ability to start saving money now, and work towards redesigning our system for the future at a more relaxed pace.

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 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.

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

machine learning tasks

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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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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"Innovation @ Speed"

What do you like best?

Word "Wait" has gone out of the IT cloud dictionary after cloud services has started to form.

What do you dislike?

The journey of getting into this unknown world and gate keeping being to signup with the cr-card !!!!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go guys Go... !!!!

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

New tech projects like ML , RPA and large data analysis were difficult to with inhouse existing servers infra.... It was quite easy to explore and try out new projects using GCP before making a large investment/Opex commitment decision.

I love the server-less engine and the apps provided. Kubernete's helps portability easily and fast..

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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 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

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 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.

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 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.

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

Test some solution like start a project with time limited

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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 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.

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"Compute engine is a flexible and powerful product"

What do you like best?

I liked the flexibility of being able to customize and select machine images. Sustained use discounts apply savings automatically without having to schedule or purchase instances.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if you could quickly compare prices on a set duration (annually) so as to be able to quickly gather info for budgeting purposes. It would also be nice to save standard preferences (independent of a pre-configured image. For example, I usually like to have a certain persistent disk type).

You NEED to support FPLCs. These are in demand.

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

Having rapid access to instances allows us to support our flexible workloads. Being able to quickly deploy is also a plus. It also makes it easier to support HPC workloads with compute clusters.

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"Managing Airlines Availability computation at scale"

What do you like best?

Combined with Application metrics monitoring, using GCE is extremely powerful to cope with unexpected surge of traffic thanks to cloud elasticity.

What do you dislike?

No support of RDBMS such as oracle or sqlserver on GCP. this is hindering our capability to migrate faster existing workload.

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

An ever ending exponential demand growth of availability computation, with extremely important variation of traffic over hours of the days, days, and seasons.

With GCE, we have been able to automatize fully our deployment, our application scalability and elasticity.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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

Mainly, distributed application architectures.

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 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 !

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

Performing server side scripts rather than all in front end.

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"Accessible Knowledge Everywhere"

What do you like best?

What I can appreciate most about Google Compute Engine, as well as many of the other products is that there are so many articles and guides (not even counting QwikLabs) that helps people get started and get going.

What do you dislike?

The plethora of knowledge is a bit of a double edged sword, there are SO MANY articles that it can get easy for a newbie to get lost. It's a blessing and a curse, although probably more of a blessing.

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

We use GCE to host our translation management tool. Since our main application is supported in 16 different languages, we built a sort of language repository to keep track of every bit of localized text.

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 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.

AI
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"Great Network and computer power"

What do you like best?

Google is the best in class of networking, providing single network across zones in the same region as well simplicity to integrates multi zones. With this kind of features, customers are able to easily deploy their infrastructure across the globe.

And they have the most feature rich kubernetes in the cloud.

What do you dislike?

Because I am a gsuite user is not possible to use another authentication way to my cloud environment than gsuite. I want to use multiple ways to authenticate my users to my cloud, because in some cases I have external users that not are in my gsuite. I prefer SAML or OpenID

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

Multicloud environment for DR as well presence and costs

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 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.

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 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

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 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.

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

Mostly scalability and outgaes in our existing deployments

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 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.

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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 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.

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"fast bootup for windows workload"

What do you like best?

how the set up the new instance and troubleshot if the instance is not booting, also the serial console give me the visual whats going on with that instance

What do you dislike?

the os option and the boot disk, i alwayse forgot about the boot disk option when create an instances

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

everything work fast now, even if we need to create new product and develop new app

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"Google Compute Engine Does What You'd Expect"

What do you like best?

Simple to set up and scale. Had very few issues with reliability, backups, or management.

What do you dislike?

The rights and management doesn't port over from the bare metal environment perfectly. We've had issues with admins having more rights than necessary or being able to grant themselves more rights than required. The concept of least privilege is hard to implement as there are no implicit deny permissions available.

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

We mainly use Compute engine to put appliances in the cloud. Previously they were tied to our data center which incurs a much greater cost in terms of management and support.

Wojtek 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 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.

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 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.

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

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

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"Super easy to spin up compute resource in "

What do you like best?

The simplicity by which the compute power is available. The cost effectiveness of a micro engine setup

What do you dislike?

It doesnt show how much time it will take like in terms of % completion to spin up and be ready for ssh. takes a lot of patience to keep on checking the circling bars

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

I was able to complete POC and show demo in a jiffy, in a 1-2 days , on a compute instance as compared to 1-2 weeks that would have taken if we had to provision a instance on our DC.

Lyka S.
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"Awesome but ,,"

What do you like best?

I love GCE. Easy to use, connecting to it is easy.

What do you dislike?

It's been amazing so far but my one problem is that boot times can sometimes be inconsistent.

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

How easy it is to create a highly available cluster. I also love the idea of templates as it makes it easier to recreate servers.

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

Scaling infrastructure on demand when high compute power is not available

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"Simple and quick"

What do you like best?

When I got my first instance running it was an incredible experience: "Is this already everything I have to do?"

I was looking for some more background info to better understand the options. Google makes reasonable assumptions about what to do to get you ahead with a solution quickly. I find it more intuitive and easy to handle than AWS.

What do you dislike?

So far there is really nothing I dislike.

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

Getting up instances quickly to solve some simple jobs, e.g. in the development process. Especially to sandbox work for security topics.

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