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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    AWS CloudFormation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    Google Compute Engine

    76%
    Google Compute Engine ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    26 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    24 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    20 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    26 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.3
    53%
    27 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    27 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    27 Ratings

    Security controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    27 Ratings

    Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Google Compute Engine is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.9

    AWS CloudFormation

    79%
    5 Ratings
    8.6

    Google Compute Engine

    86%
    27 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    AWS CloudFormation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Google Compute Engine

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    AWS CloudFormation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Google Compute Engine

    91%
    8 Ratings

    Support Rating

    AWS CloudFormation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Google Compute Engine

    86%
    19 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Amazon AWS

    AWS CloudFormation is well suited for scenarios where all of your resources need to be provisioned on AWS but it is not suited for hybrid cloud deployments. It's very easy for someone new to learn. The level of customization offered as part of the template specifically for AWS services is great. There is also a UI tool where we can drag and drop the services we want and it generates an yaml file which is very easy to use. The visibility of stacks and its resources and one place where we can track and identify the issues in deployment is great.
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    Google

    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.
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    Pros

    Amazon AWS

    • SaaS
    • Paas
    • Iaas
    • On promises
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    Google

    • 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.
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    Cons

    Amazon AWS

    • Error Description upon Failure Needs to be Improved.
    • Slow to create, delete or update.
    • Need to delete resources manually. It can ask before starting deletion whether to skip those resources or delete them.
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    Google

    • 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.
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    Pricing Details

    AWS CloudFormation

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    AWS CloudFormation editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account$0.001
    Handler Operation$0.00092

    Footnotes

    1. none
    2. per handler operation

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    There is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments. When you use resource providers with AWS CloudFormation outside the namespaces mentioned above, you incur charges per handler operation. Handler operations are create, update, delete, read, or list actions on a resource.

    Google Compute Engine

    Starting Price

    $0.004,237 GB

    Editions & Modules

    Google Compute Engine editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    On-demand price - Predefined vCPUS$0.031611 / vCPU1
    Preemptible Price - Predefined vCPUs0.006655 / vCPU2
    One-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.019915 / vCPU3
    Three-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.014225 / CPU4
    On-demand price - Predefined Memory$0.004237 / GB5
    Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory0.000892 / GB6
    One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.002669 / GB7
    Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.001907 / GB8

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional 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 AWS

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
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    Usability

    Amazon AWS

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    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.
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    Support Rating

    Amazon AWS

    No answers on this topic

    Google

    • 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.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon AWS

    We didn't look into anything else as Cloudformation was "built-in" for AWS, it just kind of made sense to go with that. Terraform was something that we briefly looked into Terraform but decides to stick with Cloudformation because our task was relatively "simple". Apparently if it's a bit more complex, Terraform might be the way to go.
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    Google

    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.
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    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • It has a positive ROI
    • Less time inverted in bugs
    • More stable source code
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    Google

    • 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
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