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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Amazon Lightsail ranks higher in 1 feature set: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

8.6

Amazon Lightsail

86%
7.6

Google Compute Engine

76%
Amazon Lightsail ranks higher in 7/9 features

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

7.6
76%
5 Ratings
8.3
83%
26 Ratings

Dynamic scaling

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
8.4
84%
24 Ratings

Elastic load balancing

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
8.6
86%
20 Ratings

Pre-configured templates

8.7
87%
5 Ratings
6.7
67%
26 Ratings

Monitoring tools

7.6
76%
5 Ratings
5.6
56%
27 Ratings

Pre-defined machine images

8.5
85%
5 Ratings
5.8
58%
27 Ratings

Operating system support

9.4
94%
5 Ratings
8.7
87%
27 Ratings

Security controls

8.3
83%
5 Ratings
9.1
91%
27 Ratings

Automation

9.3
93%
4 Ratings
7.6
76%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon Lightsail is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

Amazon Lightsail

88%
5 Ratings
8.7

Google Compute Engine

87%
27 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Google Compute Engine

90%
1 Rating

Usability

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Google Compute Engine

91%
8 Ratings

Support Rating

Amazon Lightsail

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

Google Compute Engine

86%
19 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Lightsail

We utilized Amazon Lightsail to get a web application proof of concept up and running. It's easy to set up, requires minimal configuration, and lets us to concentrate on the coding. It's designed to help you get started fast and easily, but it's not designed for corporate applications or workloads.
Arpit Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

We use Google Compute Engine in a hybrid and multi-cloud solution. We find that using it for direct ad-hoc use cases meets all of our demands. We have attempted some more complex networking and multi-regional use cases but were not able to achieve satisfactory results. Google Compute Engine is extremely appropriate for anyone requiring quick, scalable, reliable infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon Lightsail

  • static web hosting & non public managments
  • low cost remote access
  • media distribution
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

Amazon Lightsail

  • slow
  • complex integration to AWS Cloudwatch - complex setup required
  • No IPv6, a big downside
  • less value compared with Linode or Digital Ocean
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

Pricing Details

Amazon Lightsail

General

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

Starting Price

$3.5 per month

Amazon Lightsail Editions & Modules

Edition
512 MB Linux$3.501
1 GB Linux$5.001
2 GB Linux$10.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Google Compute Engine

General

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

Starting Price

$0.004,237 GB

Google Compute Engine Editions & Modules

Edition
On-demand price - Predefined vCPUS$0.031611 / vCPU1
Preemptible Price - Predefined vCPUs0.006655 / vCPU1
One-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.019915 / vCPU1
Three-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.014225 / CPU1
On-demand price - Predefined Memory$0.004237 / GB1
Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory0.000892 / GB1
One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.002669 / GB1
Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.001907 / GB1
  1. Hour
Additional Pricing Details
Prices vary according to region (i.e US central, east, & west time zones). Google Compute Engine also offers a discounted rate for a 1 & 3 year commitment.

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Lightsail

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

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 9.1
Based on 8 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

Support Rating

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 8.6
Based on 19 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

Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail is a great platform. Before we started using it, we were using AWS EC2 instances as our primary servers after being dissatisfied with other providers. After Amazon Lightsail's introduction, we were able to reduce our operating costs, improve our quality assurance tasks, and provide much more efficient and better apps with our microservices architecture.
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

I've used the AWS stack, the Azure stack, OCI, and IBM cloud. I have found GCP and AWS the easiest to deploy, configure, manage, and so on. Google has offered me at least 5 free in person classes to train me in new features on the platform. Likewise AWS has offered me probably 10 to 15 guided online tutorials, with a person to field any questions. All of this free training will no doubt affect my experience in a serious way, so keep that in mind as a reader. Outside of ease of use and configuration, I haven't experienced performance problems across any of the cloud services that I have used.
Frank Palladino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Lightsail

  • Saved a lot of time on set up and configuration
  • Saved money on trial period
  • Customer service was less helpful
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

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