Google Compute Engine: A Great "First Cloud"
August 12, 2019

Google Compute Engine: A Great "First Cloud"

Stephen Groat | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine is being used for Google Cloud Platform centralized workloads. With AWS as a primary cloud, GCE and GCP are used to support customers centralized in those systems. It is used by the entire organization, primarily to support customers in those environments with minimal latency. Since G Suite is also deployed, the tight integration is a benefit.
  • Strong G Suite integration.
  • Strong Infrastructure as Code (IaC) features.
  • Easy to configure.
  • Less availability than AWS.
  • Can hide critical configuration features necessary for detailed performance tuning.
  • Features can remain in beta for a long time.
  • Decreases costs associated with on-premises deployments.
  • Easy to hire engineers around the popular platform rather than on-premises solutions.
  • Can create issues around vendor lock-in.
Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Platform favor usability overexposing complex configuration options. This makes GCE and GCP a great first cloud deployment platform, easing users into the cloud arena. The strong IaC integrations as well, particularly with Terraform, make the platform even more competitive for enterprise deployments.
Google Compute Engine and Google support, in general, is usually good. Even when problems cannot be instantly solved, there tends to be strong communication while the analysis and solution process continues on the backend. This is a critical feature for being able to update internal teams with status and give general timelines.
Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Platform compete against Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Each seem to fit a specific role: AWS for large, enterprise deployments, Azure for Microsoft-centric organizations, and GCP for smaller and late to the cloud organizations. While these roles continually change, GCE and GCP remain a competitor.
Google Compute Engine (GCE) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offer strong contenders in the cloud market, especially with the strong G Suite integration. For companies who already have G Suite that are looking to start using a cloud platform, adding a small number of cloud resources with GCE and GCP can be an easy entrance into the cloud market.

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