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Score 8.1 out of 100
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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

Nanobox

I would only get into it if I where willing to pay for the support plan and getting some assurances from the team as to where they are headed. The platform itself is great and can save you a ton of hard work and money. but it's hard to be confidant in it's sustainability.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Google App Engine
8.0
Nanobox
8.6
Ease of building user interfaces
Google App Engine
8.0
Nanobox
Scalability
Google App Engine
8.7
Nanobox
10.0
Platform management overhead
Google App Engine
7.7
Nanobox
10.0
Workflow engine capability
Google App Engine
7.2
Nanobox
Platform access control
Google App Engine
7.6
Nanobox
8.0
Services-enabled integration
Google App Engine
7.4
Nanobox
9.0
Development environment creation
Google App Engine
8.8
Nanobox
10.0
Development environment replication
Google App Engine
8.5
Nanobox
10.0
Issue monitoring and notification
Google App Engine
7.9
Nanobox
6.0
Issue recovery
Google App Engine
7.8
Nanobox
8.0
Upgrades and platform fixes
Google App Engine
8.1
Nanobox
6.0

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

Nanobox

  • Relatively easy setup. One file named "boxfile.xml" controls all relevant services including there communication ports, routes and build steps.
  • Scaling is easy - you can put everything on one machine, split certain services to dedicated machines and scale services to multiple machines. best of all this can be done at any time with almost zero down time.
  • I have not used this yet, but for a few hundred dollars a month you can get dedicated operational services to help you make your setup even easier and ensure your system is operational.
Sagiv Frankel | 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

Nanobox

  • The company has not been very communicative as of lately. Not much news, no apparent work on missing features.
  • Some components are incomplete as far as some critical features. For example, I use RethinkDB as my database and it's missing critical features like backup and clustering, so It is unusable and they should have made that clear from the get go.
  • The pricing on the support plan is vague. I do have the feeling it is actually well worth the money, but it's hard to form a decisions based without more predictable specific.
  • Seems to me like the platform's future is unclear.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Nanobox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 7.6
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nanobox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.1
Based on 21 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

Nanobox

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

Nanobox

The ability to choose your own cloud provider is huge, especially for a small start up like I have. We have a lot of free credit from AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Azure, etc...The data layer is baked into the system which is better for integration then an external provider.There are also a lot fewer differences between environment as everything is Docker based which gives me the confidence that what works on my machine is going to work in production.Heroku doesn't have good support for Docker containers yet and although Heroku has served me well in the past, it is limited in some aspects.
Sagiv Frankel | 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

Nanobox

  • The platform is saving me a lot of time I would have been wasting on operations instead of development.
  • The platform is saving me a lot of money as I can easily switch between cloud providers to find the best price.
  • I am worried though for the price I might have to pay in case of an unexpected system issue.
  • Hopefully I will be able to pay the support plan before that.
Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google App Engine

General

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

Google App Engine Editions & Modules

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

Nanobox

General

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

Nanobox Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google App Engine
8.3
Nanobox
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Google App Engine
8.3
Nanobox

Usability

Google App Engine
7.6
Nanobox

Performance

Google App Engine
10.0
Nanobox

Support Rating

Google App Engine
8.1
Nanobox

Implementation Rating

Google App Engine
8.0
Nanobox

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