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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024

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Google Cloud
Ranking in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)
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PaaS Clouds (5th)
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Hybrid Cloud Computing Platforms (7th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) category, the mindshare of Google Cloud is 9.0%, up from 5.8% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Linode is 11.8%, down from 17.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)
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Featured Reviews

Monirul Islam Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 22, 2023
Great for big data with off-the-charts scalability for storage and databases
Our company uses the solution for big data storage such as telecom, health services, SMP, and email serial data.  We have a relationship with a vendor in India and serve as their Google partner. We have more than one million people using the CSP and 10,000 concurrent users The solution works well…
Mar 16, 2021
Cost-effective, well managed, reliable, and helpful support
It is important to me that Linode offers worldwide coverage via multiple data centers, although it is also an issue for me. In running my social media site, I am not spying on users or reselling their data. For many users, it is really important to know that their data will be handled according to the law in their country. I am located on the East coast of Canada but have my node at a data center in California. You can decide where you want to create your note. For example, I know that they have a data center in Europe, so at some point, I will create a node there. Because it's a distributed system, when the user creates their account, they can choose to have it there if they want the data to be stored according to European regulations. The data will remain there forever. The issue comes about because Linode is a US company, so my users have to wonder how shielded they are from US law. I know of a situation involving Microsoft, which is a very large company, and they were fighting the US government because they have a data center in Ireland. The US wanted to retrieve data from it and Microsoft declined because it was out of their jurisdiction. Some people are concerned with having their data shielded from US law and I spoke with Linode about this, and they don't have an answer. In fact, if the US government asked Linode for help spying on a customer in Europe, Linode would not even be allowed to tell anyone about it. It is clear that Linode has the technology to spy on usage, although that is not to say that they are doing it.

Quotes from Members

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


"Simple to use on the web, and makes things easy for a software developer."
"My customers appreciate all the features that Google Cloud has to offer. They are looking for solutions for computing engines, storage, web hosting, and various other needs. The most useful feature depends on their specific requirements and how they plan to utilize Google Cloud. Each customer has their own unique set of needs and the Google Cloud provides a range of options to meet those needs."
"I like that it is free. It's easy to use, and it's reliable."
"The solution scales well."
"The solution can scale."
"Google Cloud's most valuable features are its performance and ease of access."
"There is no downtime. It is very reliable."
"The solution's features are very good and our staff loves using them."
"I very much like the support that you get, and I think that it's excellent."
"The most valuable features are the simple scalability and ease of starting a new virtual machine."
"The ability to fire up a virtual machine, use it, and then kill it, is quite a valuable feature for me."
"Because of the way that their pricing model is set up, I can scale up or down the size of a customer's server very easily. It makes life very easy for me when they run out of space, need more speed or RAM, etc. I can very easily pay the difference and reboot the machine, and now I have the upgrade that I wanted. That just makes it extremely simple."
"It is also important that Linode offers worldwide coverage via multiple data centers. The ability to deploy on multiple servers, worldwide, allows us to have distributed services and failover and redundancy."
"We can scale up and down as we require."
"The fact that you can do any Linux distribution is great. You can try out any Linux distribution, even some of the more obscure ones, and they are always keeping them up-to-date. As soon as a new distribution comes out, it is on the platform pretty much the same day, which I find really helpful."
"Linode offers cost-effective pricing, and it enables me to swiftly deploy my services."


"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."
"Monitoring and usage reporting could be improved."
"Another issue is the applicability of local language data capturing mechanisms, which are more advanced on cloud service providers, but still there is room to grow. Also, their hybrid version isn't available in all markets worldwide, so I'm hoping that it will be released globally soon"
"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."
"An area of improvement would be in the of managing accounts in terms of what we are using for memory, availability, and monitoring."
"I consider Azure more secure than Google and Amazon because of all its certifications, but Google is secure enough and improving."
"The product must provide AI features."
"The analytics that they have are very focused. It serves Google and not really the client."
"The suitability of this solution depends on the features that you need. If you're an Uber-sized company then you're probably not going to want to start using Linode. If you are a large-sized organization then you're going to want to start using one of the bigger providers that gives you the scalability and the feature set that you are probably going to be needing in the future."
"They recently changed the web interface and although the older one did not look as good, the new one is less responsive."
"They don't have role-based access control, which is problematic for us."
"They could have more international servers. There are certain places throughout Europe and Eastern Europe which are very open to doing a lot of technology business, such as Romania. Romania is very open to technology. At other service providers, I have stuff in Romania. I think there are some Eastern European locations that would be more open to it. So, if they could have more European points of presence, that would be more helpful."
"I'm not sure what could be improved at Linode since they're likely already making enhancements, especially with the Akamai acquisition and, I don't have any specific suggestions as I haven't encountered any major issues. I might consider using API for managing DNS records, but overall, I'm satisfied with Linode."
"The product must improve its security."
"There is room for improvement regarding customer support."
"They are already working on the firewalls and VLANs, which need improvement, and are now in beta. I am on the beta program for the firewalls, but I can't use it yet because they are only in Mumbai and Australia, and I am not in those data centres. This is the one thing that I have been waiting for almost since the day that I joined them, so it is nice that they are doing that. The VLANs will be an improvement as well, and I am keen and waiting for that."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"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 less expensive than other comparable solutions."
"I am not familiar with the pricing, but I would guess that it is probably cheaper than Microsoft Suite"
"The best part of Google Cloud is that it is cheaper than the competitors."
"Google Cloud is quite expensive, and I rate it at seven out of ten."
"Pricing is high compared to other solutions."
"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."
"I don't pay for the license. For me, it's completely free."
"Compared to other providers, I find Linode's pricing a bit higher. Storage could be more affordable."
"Compared to other service providers, like AWS and Google, the cost of services are much less and more affordable. We are saving about 90 percent by going with Linode versus other cloud providers."
"Pricing is very good and flexible, according to the resources required."
"I pay $5 per month for each of three servers, for a total of $15 per month, and I normally prepay a few months in advance."
"Currently, we are at $40 a month but they have costly solutions as well."
"Overall, it is cost-effective. They offer flat, no lock-in pricing. We also get discounts. As compared to its competitors, it is costly, but at the same time, it has many features."
"I pay just over £20 per month and have done so ever since I started eight years ago, which to me is good value."
"When we started with the service, the cost was approximately €5 per month."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Educational Organization
Manufacturing Company
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Computer Software Company
Comms Service Provider
Financial Services Firm

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business

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.
What do you like most about Linode?
When I started using Linode, I found its functionality easy to navigate, user-friendly and responsive to my needs. It provides clear reminders about services I'm not using, like DNS zones, which I ...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Linode?
Compared to other providers, I find Linode's pricing a bit higher. Storage could be more affordable.
What needs improvement with Linode?
I'm not sure what could be improved at Linode since they're likely already making enhancements, especially with the Akamai acquisition and, I don't have any specific suggestions as I haven't encoun...



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