Google Compute Engine

I am using Google compute engine for nearly all my work this days for many reasons.
Google Compute Engine (GCE) is the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) component of Google Cloud Platform which is built on the global infrastructure that runs Google’s search engine, Gmail, YouTube and other services. Google Compute Engine enables users to launch virtual machines (VMs) on demand.

  • Modern, fast UI: both the web UI and terminal console application for managing Google Cloud projects work very well and are nice to use.
  • I like the pricing model for Compute Engine. I think sustained discounts are quite innovative and mean you can get reserved instance pricing without having to pay upfront, or do any work to predict and buy instances. Preemptible instances are also incredibly cheap and are a Yes/No choice when you start a new instance as opposed to the way AWS offers a more complex market.
  • It feels like GCE is built on top of modern technology e.g. fast boot times, flexible networking, promise of no/low contention for resources.
  • Google is 100% carbon neutral. They are seriously pushing their green credentials and are far ahead of any other provider.
  • They are leading the container hosting push. They may be behind many of AWS’s features but when it comes to containers, Google lead the technology because they created it and have run it in production for years before productising it.

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