My two years experience with Google Compute Engine
October 11, 2017

My two years experience with Google Compute Engine

Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine is for maintaining our organizational department wise projects such as online training applications, online student registrations, blog posts, tutorials, etc.

We need to separate our organization projects in the various department because these applications are developed for solving several problems for filtered users. Google Compute Engine is used for hosting our online students' maintenance and other related tasks.
  • Google Compute Engine gives us easy ability to maintain the servers including live statistics about what is going on.
  • Easy single click to extend server system including network changing. Easy to clone servers between multiple regions.
  • Google Compute Engine has one-click installer (pre-built) applications including Bitnami launchpad.
  • Easy to integrate with cloud storage and backup periodically source codes and database to storage facility
  • Sometimes it is hard to remember the settings menus because these are separated into various sections.
  • Inviting external users to projects or maintainers are also a little complex
  • Server images have limited facilities. I mean some of the sections are disabled and had to be re-enabled on my own. Especially for Debian or Ubuntu images.
  • SMTP service is disabled by system and needs to be configured Postfix on my own.
  • UI is little complicated.
  • Google Compute Engine's startup prices are quite reasonable to get started.
  • Started with $300 free credits that help to sustain the business structure.
  • Our primary servers hosted at our nearest locations that help to reduce time to load. Also getting good feedback from users server speed is overall because of closest location.
  • Digital Ocean
Pricing scale is good. Google Cloud Compute provides additional facilities free of cost (limited storage). Received one year free credits to get started. Nearest regions are available. Others amenities including free repository service available. UI is modern and fast to load. Google is the most significant company right now. So we have trust and satisfaction of use.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), DigitalOcean, OpenShift
If anyone, especially developers, whom are a newbie, they can quickly launch pre-built servers with desired applications easily. The projects come with the git repository that can rapidly be installed with a few single clicks.

If you have good experience, you can make a bridge to back up the project source codes or files to cloud storage quickly by doing some little functioning. There are manuals online for working with GCE

Non experienced Google Cloud Compute users will have some extra work when creating a new server. Must have to build it by oneself.

Google Compute Engine Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Elastic load balancing
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls

Using Google Compute Engine

4 - Student management system, live training facility, maintaining network and server infrastructure, etc.
4 - Linux operating system knowledge, cloud service infrastructure experience, networking good knowledge, Git repository experience, etc.
  • Student management system
  • Online training service
  • Blog/ Tutorial submission
  • NoSQL database service
  • Storing data only
  • Cloud Storage facility
Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.

Using Google Compute Engine

Interface design is good. Have the most up-to-date applications. Third party integration is available. Have the authority to modify it myself.
Like to use
Easy to use
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
Requires technical support
Lots to learn
  • Migration
  • Pre-built application images
  • Browser-based SSH connection facility.
  • Setup the pre-built images with my own modifications
  • Understanding monthly prices after sustained discount
Yes - It's fit very well. Although I have tested with my Android device that is showing well as expected.