Advantages of Google Cloud

Choosing a cloud provider can be a difficult process that has long term impacts to productivity, cost, and features. Do you select based upon your existing environment's Microsoft investment and go with Azure? Do you use the largest provider AWS (Amazon Web Services)? Or do you chose the newest provider Google Cloud Platform (GCP)? 

Today I'll highlight some of the advantages of Google Cloud Platform to help you choose the best cloud provider for you. 

1. GCP is the under dog. Despite being launched in 2008, GCP has been slow to get market traction. This means that GCP is releasing competitive pricing that can beat Azure and AWS on many fronts, including IOPS, and Medium term instance costs.  See the graph below from kinsta.com using percentage of Stack overflow questions/month.

 

Cloud computing trends on stack overflow

Credit: https://kinsta.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/cloud-computing-trends-on-stack-overflow.png

2. Getting started on GCP can be cheaper than AWS or Azure. While all three offer a free tier, I have found the GCP free tier is the most generous, allowing you to experiment without incurring cost. 

3. GCP Uses Google. It can’t be stressed enough that Google and all its resources run GCP. The same internet backbone, the same machine learning tools, the same load balancers that Google uses, are available in GCP. This gives you proven infrastructure that is used every day for billions of users. 

Where does that leave you? If cost is a key factor, or want to experiment with a free tier that can’t be beat, then Google Cloud Platform may be the choice for you.

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About the Author

Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager

Nathan started building computers, programming and networking with a home IPX network at age 13. Since then he has had a love of all things computer; working in programming, system administration, devops, and Cloud Computing. Over the years he's enriched his knowledge of computers with hands on experience and earning his AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional.

Recently, Nathan has transitioned to a Cloud Operations Manager role. He helps clients and internal teams interface with the Cloud Team using the best practices of Kanban to ensure a speedy response and resolution to tickets.

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