Google App Engine Review

A good application hosting option for short term, low budget startups

Valuable Features:

Zero maintenance cost for web servers Reliable for scalability Free basic account with limited quota for trial Suitable for startups with limited users and limited resources

Room for Improvement:

No filesystem access More expensive than the alternate options if a product/service has a lot of users Language support limited to Java and Python Database options limited to MySQL and Google data store

Other Advice:

I have been using it for a startup for over an year. Initially it was great, but with an expanding user base, it makes more sense to host my own servers.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Migration of an existing MYSQL database to Google app engine is difficult and no support is available for uploading local database to server database.

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I think having 5 developers working with you to allow for patching upgrade and zeroing down on scalability, and yes having your own server will help the effects of over expanding customer base. Like the Khan Academy did.