Serverless Web app platform that includes auto scaling for simpler web apps
December 23, 2019

Serverless Web app platform that includes auto scaling for simpler web apps

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Google App Engine

Google App Engine is used in the IT department to host the organization's website, manage the scaling as well as ongoing maintenance and updates, and to build the web application in PHP and Python, serverless, without the inhouse management of the website's underlying infrastructure and platform.
  • Google App Engine APIs to build and deploy the web app was straightforward and very easy.
  • Since Google App Engine is fully managed and serverless, the web app auto scales up and down based on the workload.
  • Google App Engine is expensive in the long run and cost adds up pretty quickly.
  • Since it is fully managed and serverless, you have no access to underlying infrastructure and OS that may be needed for some fine tuned and complex web apps.
  • Google App Engine had positive impact on ROI by reducing the time it takes to create, deploy and maintain web applications.
  • Positive impact on ROI and positive impact on business by reducing CapEx needed for running the business website.
Azure App Service is in par with Google App Engine although you may want to use Azure App Service if you are integrating with other Microsoft IT components, for example SQL Server. Google App Engine is great when in long run, you will be using Google cloud components, for example Google Pub/Sub, Google BigQuery. Redhat OpenShift, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and IBM Cloud Foundry are open sources solutions and are great when you need more control over your underlying middleware stack, whether fully managed or managed.
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.

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It is a great 'startup' web application platform where you are looking at building a not to complex website that is fully managed without much internal IT staff. It is less appropriate when the web application is complex and you expect large database query sizes/index or workloads that needs a lot of compute, memory and network resources since it is expensive, being fully management and serverless.

Google App Engine Feature Ratings

Ease of building user interfaces
Platform management overhead
Workflow engine capability
Platform access control
Services-enabled integration
Development environment creation
Development environment replication
Issue monitoring and notification
Issue recovery
Upgrades and platform fixes