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Akamai

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Score 7.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai

Akamai is (as far as I'm aware) class leading in it's offering, although I haven't used anything else - but it is a really excellent CDN where you don't need to update your file references or anything like that, since you pass through Akamai's edge servers IT development teams don't need to change the way in which they would work in order to get the benefits. In terms of less well-suited scenarios - it's hard to say since you couldn't really use it for purposes other than what it's designed for, although the rules do allow for some pretty impacting changes to be possible, you could potentially take the site down if you were working uninformed.
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Google App Engine

Google App Engine is great if you want to rapidly build and deploy web services and you have the money to spend. It's also great if you have a team of developers, or at least 2 or 3, so if you get stuck then you have multiple people looking into it and trying to figure out how to proceed. It is less well-suited to a small startup looking to save cash, or to an individual developer who may get stuck on something and be totally blocked for days or weeks
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Akamai
Google App Engine
8.3
Ease of building user interfaces
Akamai
Google App Engine
7.4
Scalability
Akamai
Google App Engine
9.7
Platform management overhead
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.7
Workflow engine capability
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.4
Platform access control
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.4
Services-enabled integration
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.4
Development environment creation
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.8
Development environment replication
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.8
Issue monitoring and notification
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.1
Issue recovery
Akamai
Google App Engine
6.6
Upgrades and platform fixes
Akamai
Google App Engine
8.1

Pros

  • Caching is one of the greatest benefits that Akamai allows for, saving time, money and experiencing the user experience.
  • Knowing they provide DDOS and other attack protection gives you peace of mind.
  • How finely you can tune all of the different settings available to you, from blocking IPs, cache settings, headers, redirects and even handling error statuses .
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  • Quick to develop, quick to deploy. You can be up and running on Google App Engine in no time.
  • Flexible. We use Java for some services and Node.js for others.
  • Great security features. We have been consistently impressed with the security and authentication features of Google App Engine.
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Cons

  • Website could be easier to navigate
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  • Documentation does not always keep up with the latest changes to the service. Google App Engine has undergone a lot of changes these past couple of years. At times, we were surprised to find out that something we didn't think was possible was, or, conversely, something that was supposed to work fine which had been deprecated. We also ended up using some undocumented features and weren't sure whether they would keep working or not.
  • Price. Google App Engine isn't cheap. But, you get what you pay for. Rock solid service, great tools, at a hefty price.
  • Difficult to tell how to optimize costs. We racked up the expenses and it is still a mystery where all the costs are being incurred.
  • Some intimidating or arcane aspects of configuration. Most of it was a breeze but every now and then something would be pretty far out and require a few of us developers putting our heads together to figure it out.
  • Sometimes required reading source code to figure out how to do something. Not a ton of examples of how to do various things, nor Stack Overflow posts, at least in the beginning. I imagine this will change as the community grows. But sometimes it felt like we were all alone trying to figure out how to do things.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Google App Engine6.1
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  • Readily available
  • Ease of use
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Known entity (i.e. I've used it before)
  • Good access to Google other APIs from GAE.
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Usability

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Google App Engine7.2
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As soon as you navigate around in the Apps interface, you will see that it is easy to use. So easy, that new sysadmins can get fooled into thinking it is not powerful. Be careful what you click. A small checkbox can shut down your entire organization's email!
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Support

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Google App Engine5.3
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Google support is mostly offshore for the US. At times, this makes for language and communication issues.
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Alternatives Considered

I haven't had much experience with other CDNs and to be honest I haven't heard of many more other than Akamai which just goes to show which one is the most trusted and proves to be the best. There are others out there, such as CloudFlare, that claim to provide a similar service but there is always something missing that Akamai just already has.
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  • These products really only intersect with a small footprint.
  • Azure is closest to what GAE provides as a PaaS
  • Azure is certainly making greater 'in-roads' on the enterprise cloud adoption side of the business. Google has still work to do to come close to Microsoft's ability to adapt for the enterprise
  • Now that GAE supports PHP, Python, Java and Go - it needs to expand its language use, such as C#, Ruby and others if it is to stay competitive in the market
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Return on Investment

  • The front end optimisations available from Akamai are so significant and yet so hidden it makes for an extremely pleasing user experience. When a page loads just that much faster due to images being in the exact right format for the job it gives a clear advantage over competitors.
  • Analytics coming from Akamai have changed the decisions made within the business for the better and have resulted in great improvements in many areas, such as a greater retention of visitors to the site. Little tweaks to possible certain problem areas flagged by Akamai have made a huge difference.
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  • For a small enterprise with appropriate software engineer the ROI is excellent because the cost of GAE usage is very low compare to the quatity of information it can process in a day to day basis.
  • GAE allows custom powerful API usage but this can be a double-edged sword because you are binding your application with this particular product.
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Pricing Details

Akamai

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

Google App Engine

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details