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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

A2 Hosting

if you're looking for a somewhat cheap web host but don't care about uptime, outages or decent technical support then A2 is ideal
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

I have recommended the platform to students, friends and family members alike. The help and documentation is very easy to follow for a beginner. Plus, GCP has built in tools which make some common tasks that non-production level cloud users need to accomplish very easy in an automated way. Now, to address the question of recommending GCE to a colleague, ultimately the organization will have to make a decision regarding the entire cloud platform. It wouldn't make much sense, outside of a special case, to use GCE for some parts of your cloud infrastructure and a competitor on other parts. That practical caveat aside, I believe that the GCP brings a strong suite of tools to the table overall and is good value for money at this time as well. Developer familiarity to certain competing platforms can be a sticking point, but a colleague who is already asking for a recommendation is likely already open minded about moving to GCP.
Frank Palladino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.1
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.8
Dynamic scaling
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.2
Elastic load balancing
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.4
Pre-configured templates
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.2
Monitoring tools
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
7.5
Pre-defined machine images
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.0
Operating system support
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.2
Security controls
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
8.6
Automation
A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
7.0

Pros

A2 Hosting

  • the hosting hardware they provide is decent when you consider the price
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

  • 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.
  • Wonderful identity and access management that gives us peace-of-mind when granting access to machines to contractors and other 3rd parties.
  • Fast VMs, lastest in hardware, and enough RAM to power even the hungriest of our services.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

A2 Hosting

  • technical support
  • quality control
  • escalating issues to management when needed
  • customer service communication
  • training their tech support team
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

  • The L7 load balancer can be difficult to get set up. It's limited in its functionality, especially with the container engine.
  • It's hard to find certain objects on the web console. Often times the things I need to get to are buried in advanced menus.
  • Google's decision to only support MySQL on their relational DB service means that I have to manage Postgres instances in Compute on my own, managing everything from storage to backups.
David Long, SPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

A2 Hosting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

A2 Hosting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 9.1
Based on 9 answers
Having interacted with several cloud services, GCE stands out to me as more usable than most. The naming and locating of features is a little more intuitive than most I've interacted with, and hinting is also quite helpful. Getting staff up to speed has proven to be overall less painful than others.
Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting 1.0
Based on 1 answer
they are only technically available but having someone say hello, i'm here to help, immediately is not real responsive if they actually never address the issue being reported. we don't contact support for the bland greeting, we are actually trying to solve a business process interruption
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting 1.0
Based on 1 answer
They are only good if you never update your website and i mean never. Otherwise their main performance diffrentiator is turbo web hosting, their highest shared hosting plan. When caching is working it performs well reducing load times by half, but as soon as you add a new page to the site, the updates don't show up until you clear the cache manually from multiple locations (wordpress a2optimized plugin, cpanel etc..). As they make updates to the turbo hosting A2optimized plugin, they do not test them properly and do not handle customer feedback about them, instead they are in denial and try to immediately convince the customer there is no issue at all! the old developer joke when they don't want to fix feedback: it works on my machine!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting 1.0
Based on 1 answer
In my opinion they are unresponsive, rude, incompetent, and untrustworthy to boot.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 8.7
Based on 21 answers
  • The documentation needs to be better for intermediate users - There are first steps that one can easily follow, but after that, the documentation is often spotty or not in a form where one can follow the steps and accomplish the task. Also, the documentation and the product often go out of sync, where the commands from the documentation do not work with the current version of the product.
  • Google support was great and their presence on site was very helpful in dealing with various issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

A2 Hosting

No answers on this topic

Google Compute Engine

App Engine is somewhat similar, but we use it together with Compute Engine. App Engine is good for serving end requests to users -- it can scale automatically to any number of requests, but has it's own limitations. Compute Engine does not have any limitations. but you have to manage it by yourself and scale it manually as needed. I tried using Amazon's EC2 before the Compute Engine was released, but at that time their UI wasn't friendly, in the end Compute Engine provider much better integration with App Engine since their VMs can be really close to each other to reduce network delay. Google Cloud's UI is really good, you don't always want to manage your stuff using API.
Dmitry Sadovnychyi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I believe they do not care about addressing failures when they occur. Starting out with a working service counts for nothing if you can't maintain it, fix issues when reported, and actually take the extra step to prevent them from happening again. You have to care about quality and customer service, and A2 couldn't care less
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

A2 Hosting

  • they are adequate for a startup looking for cheap site hosting but unreliable for anything beyond
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

  • Positive impact on the OpEx with reduction in CapEx resulting from reducing the time to move a workload from on-prem to the cloud
  • Incased RoI by reducing need for on-prem compute
  • Improved agility by providing the option to take on new AI workloads for test and dev without the need for upfront investment in
Aditya Mohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

A2 Hosting

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Google Compute Engine

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

A2 Hosting
1.0
Google Compute Engine
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
9.0

Usability

A2 Hosting
Google Compute Engine
9.1

Reliability and Availability

A2 Hosting
1.0
Google Compute Engine

Performance

A2 Hosting
1.0
Google Compute Engine

Support Rating

A2 Hosting
1.0
Google Compute Engine
8.7

Scalability

A2 Hosting
1.0
Google Compute Engine

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