Google Cloud vs IBM Public Cloud comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Google Cloud
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) (5th)
IBM Public Cloud
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
IoT Platforms (5th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the PaaS Clouds category, the mindshare of Google Cloud is 8.3%, up from 5.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of IBM Public Cloud is 2.2%, down from 4.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
PaaS Clouds
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Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)
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Featured Reviews

Jan 30, 2024
Offers free storage, stability and reliable product
It's mostly for storage of personal documents, some photos, and emails It's purely for personal use. I like that it is free. It's easy to use, and it's reliable. The Notes application could be better. Some of the email portal features can be tricky, but my mom uses it just fine, so it's…
Shivakumar Kuppannan - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 3, 2023
No hidden charges, 100% stable, and allows us to have bare metal servers for dedicated workload
It pretty much has all the features. There are many applications and features, and because of that, we need to walk through or study all the material and do hands-on. We need clear documentation or support for using IBM Public Cloud. The UI is fine, and everything else in terms of usability and configuring the cloud is also fine. The only thing is that when we're stuck or get an error, we need some technical support. Normally, for any cloud, we get a lot of information on the web, but that is missing in the case of IBM Public Cloud. We need some technical support documents. That is the only thing missing in IBM Public Cloud.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The automatic sync between my mobile device data and photos to the cloud is the most valuable feature."
"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 solution can scale."
"I like it because it's convenient. Google Cloud is also stable and scalable. The technical support is good as well."
"I have found this solution to be a quick and advanced way to run my models through."
"For us, the solution is very easy to use. We have the right skillsets for it."
"It's available any time you need it."
"Google Cloud is easy to use and accessible anywhere."
"The most valuable feature of IBM Public Cloud is the AI integrations."
"For non-complex applications, the IBM Cloud works fine and the price is much lower than the competitors."
"The availability is second to none. Customer support is very good."
"What I like most in IBM Public Cloud is how easy it is to create serverless functions. They are called IBM functions, but in AWS, they are called Lambda functions. Those are pretty standard, and another thing I like the most is that you have fewer restrictions on the amount of data you can transfer across those functions. IBM Public Cloud is way more flexible than AWS. I also like that IBM Public Cloud is pretty straightforward to integrate. As long as you have all the tools IBM provides you, getting everything up and running is straightforward."
"The initial setup was very easy. It's quite straightforward. Deployment took about fifteen minutes. Everything is well organized."
"The price of IBM Cloud is most valuable for us. The service is personable and gives us a good rapport. I can't say it's the best, but it was enough for our needs."
"This is a predictable and dependable service."
"This product is very good because it is accessible in remote locations, and anyone can deploy from any place."


"The price of the license could be cheaper."
"The analytics that they have are very focused. It serves Google and not really the client."
"Google Cloud should improve its security. The main challenge we've encountered is related to security. As a member of the security team, I've noticed some limitations in the security features. For example, the rules and signatures need to be more refined to detect and process attacks accurately."
"Current technologies keep on changing, so definitely those new changes need to be incorporated quickly. The competition is always out there to be one step ahead. How those open-source platforms can be easily integrated into the cloud, is going to be the key in the future."
"The product could always be a little bit less expensive."
"The ease-of-use could be improved for less technical users."
"I think one area that could be improved in Google Cloud is the customer support. Sometimes the integration process can be a bit complex due to format errors.Also having clearer documentation or a larger support team could really help users like me understand and resolve issues more effectively."
"The storage available for this solution could be improved, especially compared to a solution like Microsoft which offers 1 TB of storage. Google cloud offers only 30 GB."
"They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved."
"The deployment can be a bit of a pain. There are a lot of packages and a lot of options and it can require complex configuration to get it right."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly deployment process in the next release of this solution."
"It could be more secure."
"There is not a lot of support for this solution, which is something that needs to be improved."
"Recently, we just faced some issues with the operating system due to the end of life of CentOS 6...So, then the client wanted to try it out under AWS instead of IBM. In short, it has some complexities."
"Maybe performance enhancers and reports could be better improved. If they do so, it would be better. Of all the drawbacks I saw, this would be the biggest enhancement."
"The solution’s pricing could be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Its cost depends on specific use cases."
"We approached Google Cloud with certain cost assumptions but were surprised to find that our actual expenses were higher than expected. Initially, we had anticipated spending a set amount on the solution, but in reality, we ended up spending more than that. It would be helpful to have greater transparency and educational documentation on the cost-related aspects of Google Cloud."
"Google Cloud is on the expensive side for us. I don't have exact figures on the cost per year or month."
"The price of the solution could be better."
"Google Cloud should be divided into modules so that users can buy which module will satisfy them. The overall price of Google Cloud should be reduced, Microsoft is a little bit cheaper. However, if Google divided the cloud offering it would be better. For example, if someone wants to use only for OneDrive they should be able to purchase the service separately, it would reduce the price. There is a license required to use this solution for enterprises. There is a free account, which the users can increase the size of the space. Google cloud is used in most Android Mobile device operating systems."
"For commercial purposes, users need to pay for the products they use on a workload basis, not a license basis. There are two pricing models: fixed monthly and pay-as-you-go. In the pay-as-you-go model, users pay for the resources they use, while in the fixed monthly model, they have 24/7 access to resources for a set monthly fee."
"Google cloud is less expensive than other comparable solutions."
"The service is cheap and I give it a seven out of ten for the cost."
"IBM has a lesser price compared to other cloud service providers like Azure and AWS."
"We are using the trial version of this solution, so we have not paid anything."
"The licensing fees are straightforward and predictable."
"On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a nine out of ten."
"Pricing is not as fair as Amazon or Azure."
"It pretty much has a standard price. There is no hidden price with IBM Public Cloud."
"IBM Public Cloud is pretty cheap. They have an ongoing free tier that basically won't expire, so as long as your solution is small enough, you can have a test set that you can use for demos, which will cost you almost nothing."
"In order to be competitive, you have to commit to a contract for at least one year, but you pay a fixed monthly fee."
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Top Industries

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Educational Organization
Manufacturing Company
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Educational Organization

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Google Cloud?
Google Cloud is perceived as a cost-effective and user-friendly option, especially compared to AWS. The current affordability and ease of use make it suitable for medium-sized companies. While the ...
What needs improvement with Google Cloud?
CloudArmor accuracy should be improved. Rules and signatures need to be more refined to detect and process attacks, accuracy of rate-limiting should be improved.
What is your primary use case for Google Cloud?
The solution is used for storage for disaster recovery. It is used to store all the company data outside the company premises. It is also used for backups, AI processing, and database storage.
Which is preferable - IBM Public Cloud or Microsoft Azure?
IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity ...
What needs improvement with IBM Cloud?
The front end is not pervasive, so it is very difficult get the status of your current services or account from a mobile device.
What do you like most about IBM Public Cloud?
The most valuable feature of IBM Public Cloud is the AI integrations.

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Uvionics Tech, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Alpha Modus, Inventive, Web Business Consulting, FindBrok, SilverHook Powerboats, United Way of Allegheny County
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