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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Google App Engine ranks higher in 1 feature set: Platform-as-a-Service

Platform-as-a-Service

8.0

Google App Engine

80%
7.9

IBM Cloud Foundry

79%
IBM Cloud Foundry ranks higher in 7/11 features

Ease of building user interfaces

8.1
81%
16 Ratings
7.4
74%
10 Ratings

Scalability

8.8
88%
30 Ratings
8.9
89%
21 Ratings

Platform management overhead

7.1
71%
30 Ratings
8.7
87%
12 Ratings

Workflow engine capability

8.2
82%
22 Ratings
7.7
77%
17 Ratings

Platform access control

8.1
81%
29 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Services-enabled integration

7.7
77%
26 Ratings
7.8
78%
20 Ratings

Development environment creation

7.7
77%
27 Ratings
8.4
84%
19 Ratings

Development environment replication

7.6
76%
26 Ratings
7.0
70%
6 Ratings

Issue monitoring and notification

8.9
89%
26 Ratings
5.0
50%
8 Ratings

Issue recovery

7.5
75%
24 Ratings
8.0
80%
17 Ratings

Upgrades and platform fixes

8.2
82%
27 Ratings
8.2
82%
19 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Google App Engine is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • IBM Cloud Foundry is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Google App Engine

80%
34 Ratings
8.9

IBM Cloud Foundry

89%
29 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.3

Google App Engine

83%
8 Ratings
7.0

IBM Cloud Foundry

70%
1 Rating

Usability

7.7

Google App Engine

77%
7 Ratings

IBM Cloud Foundry

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

Google App Engine

100%
2 Ratings

IBM Cloud Foundry

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

Google App Engine

84%
24 Ratings

IBM Cloud Foundry

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Google App Engine

80%
2 Ratings

IBM Cloud Foundry

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

IBM Cloud Foundry

As it is an open-source platform as a service, it is very easy to operate, scale, and deploy regardless of what programming language and framework it's written in. However, it could be improved in terms of scalability. There should be proper documentation for easier and clearer understanding to make the process smooth.
Amir Yaqoob | 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

IBM Cloud Foundry

  • Simplicity - the command line tool provided can get you up and running within minutes.
  • Resourceful - IBM Cloud Foundry is built on top of the open source Cloud Foundry technology, so any resources you find online about Cloud Foundry generally can be applied.
  • Feature rich - provides all the necessary features for a cloud based platform, such as auto-scaling, 0 downtime deployment.
Anonymous | 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

IBM Cloud Foundry

  • Need: VISUALIZATION CAPABILITIES! Particularly with the Conversation Service.
  • Need: Annotation capabilities for dialog nodes in Conversation Service.
  • Need: Search/querying capabilities in Conversation Service
  • Need: Clearer documentation of the S2T service. I had to use a third party website for an understanding of how to use this.
River Hain | 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

IBM Cloud Foundry

General

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

Starting Price

$0.07 Per GBH

IBM Cloud Foundry Editions & Modules

Edition
Community Runtimes$0.071
  1. Per GBH
Additional Pricing Details

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

IBM Cloud Foundry

IBM Cloud Foundry 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

IBM Cloud Foundry

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

IBM Cloud Foundry

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

IBM Cloud Foundry

CF is what we initially went with to establish a development pipeline and start our cloud journey, now we are expanding this and although we are now pulling in many other tools and functions around CF, it is not being replaced. It stands out as having a key place working ‘with’ git, Kubernetes, IBM cloud etc, not against or segregated from it.
Anonymous | 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

IBM Cloud Foundry

  • IBM Bluemix is mainly a foundation enabler at this stage, although our business plan does look promising.
  • The low cost of development on Bluemix for a start-up like us is so helpful......we had no spare cash for this project besides what we could save or borrow at first, and that wasn't much. We are still trying to attract venture capital to cover the main Cordova Coding effort plus the launch "Cash Burn".
  • Features like push notifications, mobile-back end, and world-beating security help us to sell our SaaS products/services.
  • The pure (usually!) functionality of IBM products and services is very rewarding to work with.They are so insightful and thoughtful, to say naught of clever!
John Olsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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