Easy for those already on the Google Cloud platform
August 28, 2019

Easy for those already on the Google Cloud platform

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Kubernetes Engine

Google Kubernetes Engine is being used by our I.T. Department as part of its Cloud Infrastructure. At this time we have decided on Google Kubernetes Engine as our primary tool for Kubernetes and are running test/evaluation workloads with it. The idea is to drive down our cloud infrastructure costs by moving resources off general-purpose cloud environments.
  • Simple setup for new users
  • Easy integration with existing Google Cloud environments
  • Cost effective
  • Not as intuitive as it could be
  • Documentation could be better, especially for people using other Google Cloud tools
  • Not the preferred Kubernetes Engine for many apps
  • Reduced cloud computing costs.
  • Easier management of applications.
  • Extra time investment to learn how to setup applications in Google versus Amazon.
If you are familiar with the Google Cloud Platform, the Kubernetes Engine is a natural addition. It uses the same easy interface and can be tied into an organization's existing Google Cloud infrastructure. For an organization new to Kubernetes, we were impressed by how easy it is to use and get an application operational.
Direct application support and documentation for Google Kubernetes is still significantly lacking. Anyone getting an application running on the platform will mostly be on their own. The world is dominated by Amazon. Having a paid support contract with the Google Cloud Platform should help, however, our organization does not have one which complicated things.
Our organization went with Google's Kubernetes Engine because we are already significantly invested in the Google Cloud Platform. In our evaluation of Amazon's Elastic Kubernetes Service we were turned off by recent concerns about Amazon becoming overly dominant in the cloud computing sphere and as a result its long-term viability. Google Kubernetes Engine was just a natural move forward for us and easy to use.
Google Kubernetes Engine is a natural addition for users/organizations already using the Google Cloud Platform. For us, it was a simple addition and was up and running within minutes. Our challenge has been that the public documentation for applications that use Kubernetes is aimed at Amazon Web Services, so it requires extra research and work to get running on Google Kubernetes.