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Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines

I recommend Azure Virtual Machines to setup cost effective webserver for deployment of applications either for the customer or just for testing in live cloud environment. You can customize the specifications of each virtual machine to match the computing, network, and storage requirements of application and / or customer. It will enable to you to provide access of applications to your customers in very efficient and cost-effective manner. The integration support of Azure Virtual Machines with other services inside Microsoft Azure will help to built better data transportation and excellent application structure.
Fahad Khalil | 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

Server Virtualization

Azure Virtual Machines
8.4
Google Compute Engine
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Azure Virtual Machines
7.8
Google Compute Engine
Management console
Azure Virtual Machines
7.7
Google Compute Engine
Live virtual machine backup
Azure Virtual Machines
9.3
Google Compute Engine
Live virtual machine migration
Azure Virtual Machines
8.4
Google Compute Engine
Hypervisor-level security
Azure Virtual Machines
8.6
Google Compute Engine

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.2
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.9
Dynamic scaling
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.3
Elastic load balancing
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.6
Pre-configured templates
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.3
Monitoring tools
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
7.6
Pre-defined machine images
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.0
Operating system support
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.2
Security controls
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
8.6
Automation
Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
7.0

Pros

Azure Virtual Machines

  • customizable to match the computing, network, and storage requirements of application and customer
  • scalability to always meet the increase in requirements
  • highly reliable and safe
  • good integration support with all services inside Microsoft Azure
  • cost-effective
Fahad Khalil | 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

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Less options for low size VMs
  • Sometimes difficult to work with automation
Prateek Jain | 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

Azure Virtual Machines

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

Azure Virtual Machines

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

Support Rating

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines 8.4
Based on 3 answers
I give the overall support for Azure Virtual Machines a 7 because I think while the overall support do a great job there are still areas that it could improve on such as efficiency and speed. So while I only give it a 7 and it has some issues it is still better than the overall support at Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine 8.8
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

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines are much more efficient with respect to the scalability options and the pricing model being offered to the end-users.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Return on Investment

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Easy to expand or contract data center as needed.
  • Easy tools for migrating data center to the cloud.
  • Allowed us to move quickly to support remote learning.
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

Azure Virtual Machines

General

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

Azure Virtual Machines Editions & Modules

Edition
Spot - General Purpose - Av2$0.0051
Spot - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.01041
Spot - General Purpose - Dv3$0.01251
Spot - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.0161
3 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00381
3 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.03071
3 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.03691
3 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.04811
1 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.07531
1 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00591
1 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.05481
1 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.051
Pay as You Go - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00751
Pay as You Go - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.08461
Pay as You Go - General Purpose - Dv3$0.0961
Pay as You Go - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.1261
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Additional Pricing Details

Google Compute Engine

General

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

Google Compute Engine Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines
8.7
Google Compute Engine
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
9.0

Usability

Azure Virtual Machines
Google Compute Engine
9.1

Support Rating

Azure Virtual Machines
8.4
Google Compute Engine
8.8

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