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Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a great way to deploy smaller-scale data synchronization jobs and other "housekeeping" routines that don't require preservation of state. We use it to build API gateway tools used by our larger applications (many of which are hosted on AWS EC2 instances) and it's a perfect fit.If you have complicated workflows that run a long time, or require state to be saved between function calls, AWS Lambda is probably not the right choice for a serverless solution.
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Google App Engine

App Engine is such a good resource for our team both internally and externally. You have complete control over your app, how it runs, when it runs, and more while Google handles the back-end, scaling, orchestration, and so on. If you are serving a tool, system, or web page, it's perfect.If you are serving something back-end, like an automation or ETL workflow, you should be a little considerate or careful with how you are structuring that job. For instance, the Standard environment in Google App Engine will present you with a resource limit for your server calls. If your operations are known to take longer than, say, 10 minutes or so, you may be better off moving to the Flexible environment (which may be a little more expensive but certainly a little more powerful and a little less limited) or even moving that workflow to something like Google Compute Engine or another managed service.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

AWS Lambda
8.3
Google App Engine
8.3
Ease of building user interfaces
AWS Lambda
8.1
Google App Engine
8.3
Scalability
AWS Lambda
9.3
Google App Engine
8.9
Platform management overhead
AWS Lambda
8.4
Google App Engine
8.1
Workflow engine capability
AWS Lambda
8.4
Google App Engine
7.4
Platform access control
AWS Lambda
8.6
Google App Engine
7.9
Services-enabled integration
AWS Lambda
8.8
Google App Engine
7.9
Development environment creation
AWS Lambda
7.8
Google App Engine
8.7
Development environment replication
AWS Lambda
7.6
Google App Engine
8.6
Issue monitoring and notification
AWS Lambda
8.1
Google App Engine
8.4
Issue recovery
AWS Lambda
8.0
Google App Engine
8.2
Upgrades and platform fixes
AWS Lambda
8.2
Google App Engine
8.5

Pros

AWS Lambda

  • Reliability - Lambdas just work. They do their job and quite well. I've never had any hiccups with them as a unit of hardware.
  • Scalability - This automatic scaling and availability are amazing. It's like having a fleet of servers at the ready but only when needed. And at a fraction of the cost.
  • Price - AWS gives you a generous helping of free invocations every month, and even after that, it's still cheap compared to an always-on solution.
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Google App Engine

  • 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

AWS Lambda

  • UI could use some improvement - Like the rest of the Amazon Web Services UI, much of the interface is complex and hard to understand at the beginning.
  • Hard to troubleshoot/debug - Lambda, in itself, is set up in an environment that makes it difficult to troubleshoot in the product. The use of staging production code is absolutely necessary.
  • The pricing is a bit more expensive when compared to other services that provide lambda function execution services.
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Google App Engine

  • There is a slight learning curve to getting used to code on Google App Engine.
  • Google Cloud Datastore is Google's NoSQL database in the cloud that your applications can use. NoSQL databases, by design, cannot give handle complex queries on the data. This means that sometimes you need to think carefully about your data structures - so that you can get the results you need in your code.
  • Setting up billing is a little annoying. It does not seem to save billing information to your account so you can re-use the same information across different Cloud projects. Each project requires you to re-enter all your billing information (if required)
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Likelihood to Renew

AWS Lambda

No score
No answers yet
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Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.3
Based on 8 answers
App Engine is a solid choice for deployments to Google Cloud Platform that do not want to move entirely to a Kubernetes-based container architecture using a different Google product. For rapid prototyping of new applications and fairly straightforward web application deployments, we'll continue to leverage the capabilities that App Engine affords us.
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Usability

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 8.5
Based on 9 answers
It is very easy to get started with AWS Lambda and create your first function. The user interface makes it easy to add AWS services to be inputs or outputs to the function, meaning it can be configured in many different ways for different needs. This makes it ideal for various scenarios in AWS.
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Google App Engine

Google App Engine 7.7
Based on 9 answers
Google App Engine is very intuitive. It has the common programming language most would use. Google is a dependable name and I have not had issues with their servers being down....ever. You can safely use their service and store your data on their servers without worrying about downtime or loss of data.
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Support

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda 8.1
Based on 14 answers
Support is great and is rarely needed. Once you get a service running, it usually is error-free unless there's a change in the way you are integrating with it. We have had services run for several years without being maintained. The stability of the platform is staggering as long as you follow platforms.
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Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.1
Based on 14 answers
Good amount of documentation available for Google App Engine and in general there is large developer community around Google App Engine and other products it interacts with. Lastly, Google support is great in general. No issues so far with them.
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Alternatives Considered

AWS Lambda

But other similar things I've used are Azure Functions and GCP Google Cloud Functions. Like all services like this, the support is pretty much the same. AWS Lambda supports enough popular languages, and behaves pretty much the same as all of these similar services. It does it's job, it's simple and it does it well.
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Google App Engine

We were on another much smaller cloud provider and decided to make the switch for several reasons - stability, breadth of services, and security. In reviewing options, GCP provided the best mixtures of meeting our needs while also balancing the overall cost of the service as compared to the other major players in Azure and AWS.
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Return on Investment

AWS Lambda

  • I was able to perform a lot of processing on data delivered from my website and little or no cost. This was a big plus to me.
  • Programming AWS Lambda is quite easy once you understand the time limits to the functions.
  • AWS Lambda has really good integration with the AWS S3 storage system. This a very good method of delivering data to be processed and a good place to pick it up after processing.
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Google App Engine

  • Effective employee adoption through ease of use.
  • Effective integration to other java based frameworks.
  • Time to market is very quick. Build, test, deploy and use.
  • The GAE Whitelist for java is an important resource to know what works and what does not. So use it. It would also be nice for Google to expand on items that are allowed on GAE platform.
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Pricing Details

AWS Lambda

General

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

Google App Engine

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS Lambda
8.6
Google App Engine
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

AWS Lambda
Google App Engine
8.3

Usability

AWS Lambda
8.5
Google App Engine
7.7

Performance

AWS Lambda
Google App Engine
10.0

Support

AWS Lambda
8.1
Google App Engine
8.1

Implementation

AWS Lambda
Google App Engine
8.0

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