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Highlights

Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine are both services businesses can use for deploying applications once they’ve been coded.  Google App Engine is a platform-as-a-service solution designed to make app deployment as easy possible.  In contrast, Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service tool that provides a highly configurable and flexible platform for application deployment. Both options are most popular with small businesses, but Google App Engine is more popular with larger businesses, likely due to its automation features.

Features

Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine both provide a platform for application deployment, but they also have some standout features that are important to consider.

Google App Engine provides a host of automation features that make it easy for businesses to focus on app development, instead of configuring the deployment.  As applications deployed on Google App Engine see more or less use, the platform will automatically adjust the number of instances without input from a developer.  Google App Engine also provides a software development kit to help users optimize applications for the platform.

Google Compute Engine allows for a high level of customization so users can set up their deployment however they want.  Businesses with a skilled development team can create as many or as few virtual machines as they want, while customizing them for the needs of their applications.  Google Compute Engine is also generally more affordable compared to Google App Engine, which can make it more appealing to businesses on a smaller budget.

Limitations

Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine both help businesses deploy their applications, but they also have a few limitations that are important to consider.

Google App Engine provides a high level of automation and is simple to use, but isn’t as customizable as Google Compute Engine.  Businesses with specific needs for their application may prefer the customizability of Google Compute Engine.  Additionally, while Google App Engine’s software development kit is great for applications that are developed with Google App Engine, it can be difficult to take advantage of it if for applications that were developed before Google App Engine was selected.

Google Compute Engine is highly customizable, but it isn’t as automated or easy to use.  Businesses using Google Compute Engine will have to manually adjust the volume of their virtual machines as application traffic grows or shrinks.  Google Compute engine needs a development team to work with it, unlike Google App Engine, which can be managed with less effort.

Pricing

Google App Engine pricing depends on the type of instance, but starts as low as $0.05 per hour per instance. 

Google Compute Engine offers pay as you go pricing starting as low as $0.006543 per hour.

Feature Set Ratings

    Platform-as-a-Service

    8.0

    Google App Engine

    80%

    Google Compute Engine

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Google App Engine ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Ease of building user interfaces

    8.1
    81%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scalability

    8.8
    88%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform management overhead

    7.1
    71%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Workflow engine capability

    8.2
    82%
    22 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform access control

    8.1
    81%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Services-enabled integration

    7.7
    77%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Development environment creation

    7.7
    77%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Development environment replication

    7.6
    76%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Issue monitoring and notification

    8.9
    89%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Issue recovery

    7.4
    74%
    24 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Upgrades and platform fixes

    8.2
    82%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    Google App Engine

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Google Compute Engine

    77%
    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
    6.8
    68%
    26 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.7
    57%
    27 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    27 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    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 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.1

    Google App Engine

    81%
    34 Ratings
    8.7

    Google Compute Engine

    87%
    27 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.3

    Google App Engine

    83%
    8 Ratings
    9.0

    Google Compute Engine

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    7.7

    Google App Engine

    77%
    7 Ratings
    9.1

    Google Compute Engine

    91%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    10.0

    Google App Engine

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Google Compute Engine

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    Google App Engine

    84%
    24 Ratings
    8.6

    Google Compute Engine

    86%
    19 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.0

    Google App Engine

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Google Compute Engine

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    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.
    Tristan Dobbs | 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

    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.
    Jonah Dempcy | 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

    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)
    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

    Google App Engine

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0.05 Per Hour Per Instance

    Google App Engine Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Starting Price$0.051
    Max Price$0.301
    1. Per Hour Per Instance
    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

    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.
    Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Google App Engine

    Google App Engine 7.7
    Based on 7 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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Google App Engine

    Google App Engine 8.4
    Based on 24 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.
    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

    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.
    Anonymous | 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

    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.
    Paul Ford | 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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