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Score 8.2 out of 100

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cloud Virtual Servers ranks higher in 1 feature set: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

7.6

Google Compute Engine

76%
8.4

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

84%
Google Compute Engine ranks higher in 5/9 features

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

8.3
83%
26 Ratings
8.4
84%
74 Ratings

Dynamic scaling

8.4
84%
24 Ratings
8.3
83%
69 Ratings

Elastic load balancing

8.6
86%
20 Ratings
8.5
85%
56 Ratings

Pre-configured templates

6.7
67%
26 Ratings
8.0
80%
64 Ratings

Monitoring tools

5.6
56%
27 Ratings
8.5
85%
73 Ratings

Pre-defined machine images

5.8
58%
27 Ratings
8.4
84%
71 Ratings

Operating system support

8.7
87%
27 Ratings
8.2
82%
77 Ratings

Security controls

9.1
91%
27 Ratings
9.1
91%
71 Ratings

Automation

7.6
76%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Google Compute Engine is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Google Compute Engine

87%
27 Ratings
8.4

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

84%
81 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Google Compute Engine

90%
1 Rating
8.2

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

82%
1 Rating

Usability

9.1

Google Compute Engine

91%
8 Ratings

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

Google Compute Engine

86%
19 Ratings
7.7

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

77%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is well-suited for use when an organization requires the ability to create multiple infrastructure environments in a short period of time without having to manage hardware or software. On the other hand, it is not appropriate for use in scenarios that require a high level of security or compliance, as the infrastructure is hosted on shared hardware.
Syed Shahrukh Hassan Rizvi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • IBM VPC connect through any ssh and it's easy to handle it through any instance.
  • Public key and private key for access server is best part in security concerns.
  • Lightweight application to be easy to host on VPC rather than software as a service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • Softlayer is designed primarily for advanced clients, and can be a little finicky like many other advanced services, such as highly-customizable options for nearly every part of a service. You build your servers by specs, just like a real server, rather than clicking a few buttons to get a basic cookie-cutter server.
  • Costs are much higher than one would expect, however, you do get what you pay for, and having high-quality equipment available at hourly rates is going to cost.
  • Support is surprisingly mediocre, and the primary cause of most complaints about softlayer. I personally have had no problems with support, but, remember that this is an "advanced" service, and even my eyes go cross-eyed looking at the config options of a server. I would imagine support is focused and trained for dealing with experienced Linux admins, and developers, and would not be of much help to anyone that accidentally ventured in, expecting an EC2 style experience.
Craig Nash | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Starting Price

$0.01 per hour

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Editions & Modules

Edition
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (dedicated host)starting at $0.221
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (dedicated host)starting at $149.002
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (multi-tenant)starting at $0.0383
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (multi-tenant)starting at $25.214
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (reserved)starting at $0.025
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (reserved)starting at $13.276
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (transient)starting at $0.017
  1. per hour
  2. per month
  3. per hour
  4. per month
  5. per hour
  6. per month
  7. per hour
Additional Pricing Details
IBM Cloud virtual servers include 250 GB of outbound public bandwidth, unmetered inbound public bandwidth, and unmetered private and management network bandwidth.

Likelihood to Renew

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
It's hard to imagine not renewing having spent so much time setting up our infrastructure to utilise the CVS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 7.7
Based on 3 answers
It is adequate, but you need to be ready to argue your point - which is fair enough, I suppose, but being given the opposite of the benefit of the doubt every time does not necessarily result in an enjoyable user experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM virtual server is the most trusted brand to get good supports and high productivity. We used it for the most scalable servers to use and meet the needs. It provides scalability, security all in a single place to backup and use and store your data without any worry.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • Supports businesses who want compute power on demand (instances are ready within minutes).
  • It can give you access to a 32-core CPU at $0.29 for short running or interruptible processes - enabling cost-efficient number crunching.
  • Given me a taste of the powers of remote compute power for compilation and development.
Keldon Alleyne | TrustRadius Reviewer

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