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Azure Virtual Machines

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.3

    Azure Virtual Machines

    83%

    Google Compute Engine

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Azure Virtual Machines ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    8.4
    84%
    23 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    8.0
    80%
    21 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    8.4
    84%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    8.5
    85%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.2
    82%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    Azure Virtual Machines

    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
    6.7
    67%
    26 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5
    55%
    27 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.8
    58%
    27 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    27 Ratings

    Security controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    27 Ratings

    Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Google Compute Engine is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Azure Virtual Machines and Google Compute Engine are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Azure Virtual Machines

    87%
    23 Ratings
    8.7

    Google Compute Engine

    87%
    27 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Azure Virtual Machines

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Google Compute Engine

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    Azure Virtual Machines

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Google Compute Engine

    91%
    8 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.4

    Azure Virtual Machines

    74%
    3 Ratings
    8.6

    Google Compute Engine

    86%
    19 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Azure Virtual Machines

    Complex tasks in Azure VM can be done easily as it can be scaled whenever required and also since the cost is very low, it can still be auto-de-scaled whenever required, thus saving huge physical cost burden. Other scenarios based on my experience when Azure Virtual Machines is well suited are when Load Balancing is required, During Backup, Restorations, and location Preference. Sharing of any File or Uploading by accessing internal SharePoint network locations is made flexible.
    Md Imtiaz | 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

    Azure Virtual Machines

    • When demand is high, we scale the service out, eg During a Football Match.
    • When a football match is over and the throughput of data from OPTA drops we save by the service scaling back in.
    • Our App Service Plans along with the Clean C# code are lightening fast giving a good customer experience.
    • When producing the TV Guide information and a program overruns its scheduled time, a client can instantly be updated to the new programming schedule as our change is instant and its in the right place for all the clients to download and adjust their television guides appropriately to send out to the public giving a 24x7 uptime service that is precise and accurate and resilient to outages due to failover zones around the world.
    Allan Allitt | 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

    • Pricing can be a concern if you are truly agnostic to which cloud you are building your particular solution in.
    • The UI, as is the case with any cloud provider, is crowded.
    • As with any cloud provider, it can be difficult to tune in exactly the right amount of servers for your needs...you might find yourself under/overprovisioning.
    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

    Azure Virtual Machines

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0.0,038 Per Hour

    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
    1. Per Hour
    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

    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 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

    Azure Virtual Machines

    Azure Virtual Machines 7.4
    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 8.6
    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

    Azure Virtual Machines

    Azure Virtual Machines have a very good interactive and robust bonding with Azure API Management. The pre-integrated APIs help us to a very huge extent by serving our use cases. We have never faced any issues or errors while working with Azure API Management. The API response and the API request processing have very less delay and this helps us in providing faster resolutions to our users and customers.
    Abhinavan Roy | 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

    Azure Virtual Machines

    • It's so easy to spin up new instances, that it becomes also to easy to have to many of them to manage. Many teams end up with a couple of hundreds of VMs after a short while, making the whole thing very hard to maneuver
    • Azure VMs are the next step for us to rely on Onprem servers, and leaving the management of the infrastructure to the professionals
    • The ease of use, is also important when our main focus is to deliver new applications and integrations fast, and not having to worry about infrastructure. We sell bottles, not CPUs
    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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