Google Cloud Overview

Google Cloud is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Infrastructure as a Service Clouds. It is most often compared to Pivotal Cloud Foundry: Google Cloud vs Pivotal Cloud Foundry

What is Google Cloud?

Build scalable apps. Use Google's global, reliable infrastructure. Securely manage enterprise data. Get insights from data faster. Whatever you're solving for, Google Cloud can help.

Google Cloud Buyer's Guide

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Google Cloud pricing:
  • "Google cloud is less expensive than other comparable solutions."
  • "The licensing for Google Cloud seems to be quite cheap and they're actually quite reasonable in comparison to Azure, which, as it turns out, is quite expensive. Even though Azure has a data center in South Africa it's still quite costly. There's no scaling, so if you go with the VM, you pay 2500 Rand. When you add another VM, it's another 2500 Rand even though you don't use the whole thing. With Google, you can go up as incrementally as you need to, even if it's just 30 Rand."
  • "The best part of Google Cloud is that it is cheaper than the competitors."
  • "The licensing cost is based on the capacity we use."

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LH
Product Manager - SaaS at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
A cloud service that will please more technically-minded users which is making strides with ease-of-use

What is our primary use case?

We are using GoogleCloud for hosting a SaaS platform.

Pros and Cons

  • "This platform is popular with technical users because of the abilities for customization and fine-tuning performance."
  • "The ease-of-use could be improved for less technical users."

What other advice do I have?

The lesson I learned from adopting Google Cloud is that you should do more training before you commit to it. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Google Cloud as an eight-out-of-ten. You can not have a perfect platform. There is always room for improvement and something to add. That rating is really because of the feedback I get from the team. I get good feedback from the guys. But it is not really fair of me to give any product a ten if I am not more intimate with it in daily use. I could just as well give it a one if I were totally ignorant of…
Ruven Naidoo
Senior Software Developer Team Lead at Dilowa
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scales easily, simple to set up and offers great pricing

What is our primary use case?

We largely use the solution for hosting and for the database it offers.

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a solution that's so easy to expand when you need it to. It's the best I've ever seen. It's much better than Azure."
  • "The management side for the database needs some work. Currently, you do everything from the APP. It would be nice to have an interface where you can go in and maintain data and deal with records and do something online."

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have any special connection to the company in any way. Obviously, with Google, everything is the latest version. Google updates everything for you, so there isn't usually a time when we're on an "old version" of the solution. We use the solution on a daily basis. I would recommend Google Cloud. At the moment it's in third place, according to the standards. Right now it's ranked AWS, then Azure, then Google. Even though it's technically third, it's much better to use and it's a much better environment. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.
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JL
Senior Solutions Expert at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
A robust, storage and document sharing solution that is easy to use and access

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for storage and document sharing. For example, if I have a customer and they want to share a document, I can access it through Google.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's robust, and it has a wide reach in terms of office applications including storage."
  • "There are issues with stability."

What other advice do I have?

We provide private networks, what we call VPNs. It is the older, traditional VPN type service for our customers, which gives them security and performance metrics that you can't get from the internet. We have a gen engine that has that interface into the cloud providers including Google. We don't by services from Google, we are not even doing infrastructures, or platform as a service or software as a service. We are not using this solution in my organization. We have our own internal storage for security reasons, and predominantly, we use it in-house. We call it orange, it's flex storage. It's…
JA
CTO at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Priced-well, easy to set up, and you can easily use it through a web browser

What is our primary use case?

I am in the process of migrating from on-premises to the cloud. We use it for IT infrastructure deployment and management.

Pros and Cons

  • "You can just connect and start using it through a browser within a few minutes."
  • "Monitoring and usage reporting could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product, but I wouldn't immediately recommend it because there are a lot of options available. People have to choose based on their requirements and location. There is not much different, so people have to look at particular requirements, cost, and support. I agree that cost is a factor but support should also be considered because it is needed from time to time, and Google does not provide free support. Given that we are paying for the machine, we should have to pay for costly support in addition to that. This is a good product but I would like better monitoring, alerting, and…
TL
IT Solutions Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Consultant
Top 10
Stable with a good user experience and a straightforward setup

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for a couple of small development environments.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is very straightforward."
  • "If there were more documentation and training, it would be very helpful in explaining the underlying processes."

What other advice do I have?

I'm a Google partner. Overall, the solution has been pretty good and I don't really have any complaints to discuss. In general, on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at a nine.
IS
CEO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Is convenient, stable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We use it for storage and sorting our company documents.

What is most valuable?

I like it because it's convenient. Google Cloud is also stable and scalable. The technical support is good as well.

What needs improvement?

I would improve the integration with other devices such as smartphones. It is integrated in our company, but I think it could be improved. It would be good to have fewer notifications.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Google Cloud for approximately five to six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable, but from time to time it requests some notifications. In general, it's a good product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Google Cloud is scalable. We…
MinSung Kyung
Director at In-Soft
Real User
Top 10
The solution is simple to use on the web, and makes things easy for a software developer

What is our primary use case?

I develop multi-cloud solutions. I'm a customer of Google and a team manager.

What is most valuable?

The solution is simple to use on the web, and makes things easy for a software developer. It's also reasonably priced. 

What needs improvement?

I think Google Cloud could provide more services. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. 

What other advice do I have?

Google Cloud is a very good product but I think AWS is better.  I would rate this solution 10 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud