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Google Cloud is #4 ranked solution in top Infrastructure as a Service Clouds and #7 ranked solution in PaaS Services. PeerSpot users give Google Cloud an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. Google Cloud is most commonly compared to Oracle Cloud Platform: Google Cloud vs Oracle Cloud Platform. Google Cloud is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 76% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 19% of all views.
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  • "The best part of Google Cloud is that it is cheaper than the competitors."
  • "I am not familiar with the pricing, but I would guess that it is probably cheaper than Microsoft Suite"
  • "Licensing fees are paid monthly."
  • "Pricing is high compared to other solutions."
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    IsuruPonnamperuma - PeerSpot reviewer
    Assistant Vice President at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Reseller
    Top 20
    It's easy to deploy next-generation applications
    Pros and Cons
    • "It's easy to deploy next-generation applications on Google Cloud. Customers can also use various cloud tools to optimize their operations and generate more insights to do business much smarter."
    • "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"

    What is our primary use case?

    When you push your networking, storage, and other infrastructure from on-premise to the cloud, you can let go of your on-premise real estate and shift the burden back onto the cloud vendor. Google absorbs the cost of power, cooling, management, etc.

    You no longer need to spend on CapEx. Instead, you are spending on consumption, so your CapEx moves into OPEX and then on the utility. That's the generic use case for why somebody would move their workload to the cloud.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Migrating to the cloud offers multiple benefits for consumers. One is financial. Customers can let go of their data centers and put the overhead and the hassle of management onto the cloud provider.

    What is most valuable?

    It's easy to deploy next-generation applications on Google Cloud. Customers can also use various cloud tools to optimize their operations and generate more insights to do business much smarter.

    What needs improvement?

    Cloud vendors can't afford to have data centers all across the world because of the economics of scale and the size of markets. That is one reason that some customers don't get onto the cloud. 

    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.

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    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've been selling Google Cloud solutions for about a year now. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability has never been a question with any of the three major cloud vendors.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Cloud vendors are more scalable than any on-prem solution. There will always be an increasing demand for cloud solutions. It naturally goes up, and a lot of the other products you use will begin producing cloud versions that can only run on public clouds. 

    How are customer service and support?

    All three cloud vendors have excellent support. I would rate them nine or 10 out of 10.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    So we have a reselling on prem solutions and cloud solutions.

    How was the initial setup?

    I rate Google Cloud eight out of 10 for ease of deployment. The complexity of deployment can vary depending on the use case and business requirements, but if it's an enterprise workload, we are looking at anywhere from four to six months.

    One person could be enough to deploy and manage a cloud solution depending on how critical the workload is. It's also contingent on how much responsibility the customer or the cloud vendor takes. For example, if the cloud vendor takes maximum responsibility in a case like a software service, then the customer only has to configure, manage and run the software.

    What about the implementation team?

    We are the ones who migrate the workloads, so we're doing the implementation, but there is always. If it's a massive workload, we might bring in third-party integrators who specialize in a particular application workload.

    What was our ROI?

    You get an ROI from moving workloads from on-prem to cloud, but the real return comes when your customers start taking advantage of the cloud solution's full features. The return doesn't justify the cost unless you modernize the applications.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Cost can start from less than a dollar and go up. Monthly and yearly base billing is there, but ultimately it depends on customer usage, There could be additional costs. It depends on the requirements. If a customer has some needs that aren't available on the public cloud, they'll have to procure those licenses separately.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    The decision to use Google Cloud had nothing to do with its technical capabilities. We were looking at which cloud vendor had the least reach in our market, so we chose that vendor. It's hard to speak generally about the advantages and disadvantages of the different cloud platforms divorced from context.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Google Cloud 10 out of 10. People have limited knowledge of cloud solutions. My advice is that for those considering migration to the cloud is to evaluate the on-prem and cloud alternatives as much as possible because you can make wrong decisions if your perspective is limited. 

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    CTO at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Priced-well, easy to set up, and you can easily use it through a web browser
    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 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.

    What is most valuable?

    The best part of Google Cloud is that it is cheaper than the competitors.

    It is easy to set up, monitor, and manage.

    You can just connect and start using it through a browser within a few minutes.

    What needs improvement?

    Monitoring and usage reporting could be improved. For example, they don't provide the CPU primary memory usage report. They do provide a CPU usage report, but not the memory. This is something that is critical for people interested in monitoring because if you are burdening the machine then you want the option of providing more RAM.

    There is no graph or monitoring in the console; if it is there then I haven't found it, so it is something that takes extra time to figure out.

    Google does not provide free support and at the least, email support should be available. I am not asking for free chat or telephone support, but given that we are paying to use the machine, email support should be included.

    The alerts are somewhat cryptic and do not say much about what is going on.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Google Cloud for almost three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Google Cloud is a scalable product.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The support is bad, and you have to purchase it separately. There is no free support available.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I am currently working with both Google Cloud and AWS. I am in the process of also trying to implement IBM Cloud.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is easy to set up and up the time for provisioning depends on the type of machine that you want to set up. It will not take longer than 15 or 20 minutes if you know how to do it.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have two or three people in the organization who set up the machines.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The support costs extra, even when it comes to email.

    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 reporting.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Google
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    Dimitar Alexov - PeerSpot reviewer
    CDO at SGROUP
    Real User
    Reliable and provides easy access but needs to improve analytics for the client
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution is scalable."
    • "The analytics that they have are very focused. It serves Google and not really the client."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're using the solution for multiple purposes. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    It's accessible from everywhere. It can be used for many purposes.

    What is most valuable?

    I like it due to the fact that it can be accessed from everywhere and it can be used for every kind of solution you need. I enjoy the freedom and access it allows for.

    The solution is scalable. 

    It is stable and reliable. 

    What needs improvement?

    The cost could be lowered. 

    The analytics could be improved. The analytics that they have are very focused. It serves Google and not really the client. There needs to be some kind of ratio between the purpose of the service, how much of this service is for the client and how much is for the provider. Google is getting more value from the analytics services than the client.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've used the solution for many years now. It's likely been five to six years at this point. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable and reliable with good performance on offer. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    You can scale the solution quite easily. It's not a problem at all. 

    We have more than 4,000 users on the solution. 

    We do not plan to increase usage at this time. 

    How are customer service and support?

    We are internally supporting the product. We do not need any outside technical support. I've never reached out to Google's technical support services. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We've used Microsoft and IBM solutions in the past. This was before we began using Google Cloud. 

    We are using Google due to the fact that it's completely different. The purpose of Google Cloud is different, and the access to it is different. We are using it for wider services than for any kind of specific purpose or any kind of business focus.

    How was the initial setup?

    We are using the cloud. There is no installation process required before you start using it. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    In terms of the licensing, I'd rate the solution five out of ten. It could always be cheaper. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I'd recommend the solution to others. I'm a user myself. It's also very popular as an option in my country. 

    I'd rate the solution five out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Google
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    IT Solutions Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Consultant
    Top 20
    Stable with a good user experience and a straightforward setup
    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 is our primary use case?

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

    What is most valuable?

    The solution is just simple and easy for me to configure. It's very easy to work with and navigate through. The user experience is very good. Overall, it's very easy to use.

    The initial setup is very straightforward.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution has been good overall. I can't recall having any features missing.

    The solution could be less expensive.

    It may be helpful to go through some training in order to get comfortable with the product.

    The user interface could be a bit better. I've done a few deployments following the tutorial, and afterward, I'm not quite sure what exactly I've done. I just follow the instructions and just finish the command prompt and then it looks like it's working - but why, and how? I'm not quite sure. I want to understand fundamentally what I've done. If there were more documentation and training, it would be very helpful in explaining the underlying processes. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for three or four years at this point. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    My usage is quite limited, and therefore, I haven't experienced many problems at the moment. It doesn't crash or freeze. There are no bugs or glitches. It's reliable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's my understanding that the solution can scale, however, I haven't explored this aspect yet.

    Mainly, it's just me on the solution. There isn't much of a team surrounding it. I do have a couple of other teams outsourcing ideas, however.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I haven't needed to reach out to technical support. I can't speak to how knowledgeable or responsive they are to inquiries.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very simple and straightforward. It's not complex at all. A company shouldn't have any issues with the initial setup.

    The deployment was very fast and only maybe took an hour.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The pricing is okay, however, it could always be cheaper, which is always better.

    There isn't too much difference in price when comparing it to what else is on the market.

    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.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Executive Director at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Light, feature-rich, stable and scalable, but it could be more user-friendly
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is easy to use and has a very familiar interface."
    • "I feel that the Google product is incomplete with regard to internal communications. It is an area that needs some improvement."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Google Suite of products for enterprise and we build our technology products for warehouse management systems, and transportation management systems.

    We use Google Cloud for our enterprise. It is used for pretty much everything from emails to storage and to communicate everything.

    What is most valuable?

    Google Cloud is very light. 

    It is easy to use and has a very familiar interface.

    I have used Microsoft and I have used Google. I feel equally comfortable with both, but Google is lighter and it's easy to work with on your mobile devices.

    Google has a lot of features that are really good. I am happy with the features that Google offers.

    What needs improvement?

    As far as internal communications, Microsoft is much better because of the way it is structured. I feel more comfortable with Microsoft. 

    I feel that the Google product is incomplete with regard to internal communications. It is an area that needs some improvement.

    The user experience could be better. Microsoft user experience is better.

    The compatibility of different devices could be better because it looks different on different devices, It's not the same.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been with the company for seven or eight months and it has been used for a long time before that. They have been using it from the start.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I am satisfied with the stability of Google Cloud.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Google Cloud is very scalable. Many companies use Google Cloud because of its scalability.

    We have more than 30,000 users in our organization who are using Google Cloud.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have not had any issues with the technical support in the eight months I have been using Google Cloud.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is easy. It's quite straightforward.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I am not familiar with the pricing, but I would guess that it is probably cheaper than Microsoft Suite. There are a lot of startups that use Google Cloud.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are a Google house, and we don't use any of the Microsoft products.

    Google is fantastic and I think that people should go for it. I would recommend using Google Cloud.

    I would rate Google Cloud a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
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    Ankit Mehta - PeerSpot reviewer
    Partner and Co-founder at Adnate IT Solutions
    Real User
    Top 5
    Good performance, user-friendly, and easy to configure
    Pros and Cons
    • "It didn't take long to get everything set up and understand what was going on. Things are pretty clear."
    • "The price could improve. Every customer would agree, that they would like the price to be reduced."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Google Cloud for setting up the server. It is our development Server.

    What is most valuable?

    It is simple to use. 

    Everything was very simple to set up. I would say that we were already fairly comfortable with Google. 

    It didn't take long to get everything set up and understand what was going on. Things are pretty clear.

    What needs improvement?

    The price could improve. Every customer would agree, that they would like the price to be reduced.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been working with Google Cloud for one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I am satisfied with the stability of Google Cloud.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of Google Cloud is good. It's a scalable product.

    We only have one instance, which is a single server.

    How are customer service and support?

    We didn't require any technical support. We were able to find solutions on the internet.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    The security features in OpenText are great. 

    For web security, we do not use anything specific. Because we are working on OpenText AppWorks, the built-in security features are useful. In the production environment, the customer is responsible for the security of the web servers.

    We use both Windows Server 2019 and Linux Servers.

    Our customers have tested Webroot endpoint protection, and have not had any issues.

    We are also working with Amazon AWS EC2. Our feedback would be similar to Google Cloud.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward.

    I don't remember the exact time because it was a while ago, but from what I recall, the setup took no more than two or three hours.

    Technical assistance is required, but it is easily accessible via the internet. It is not difficult to understand.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    In my opinion, the price is not excessive when compared to competitors. The market determines the price.

    Licensing fees are paid monthly.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We have not yet evaluated Pega BPM, but we plan to do so in the future. We may begin practicing in Pega.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it.

    I would rate Google Cloud a nine out of ten.

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    Swapnil Dhatrak - PeerSpot reviewer
    Application Development Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Has good security and is user friendly and reliable
    Pros and Cons
    • "Google Cloud is user friendly and reliable. The most valuable feature is the security of Google Cloud."
    • "Google Cloud would benefit from more detailed practical hands-on training especially in your mother tongue, not just English."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use Google Cloud for security purposes when sending files or any important document to others.

    What is most valuable?

    Google Cloud is user friendly and reliable. The most valuable feature is the security of Google Cloud.

    What needs improvement?

    Google Cloud would benefit from more detailed practical hands-on training especially in your mother tongue, not just English.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with Google Cloud for the past four to five months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I am satisfied with the stability of Google Cloud.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is easy to scale Google Cloud.

    How are customer service and support?

    To maintain Google Cloud you have to maintain the servers as well. Sending files to a particular person, the server to server connection is mandatory. If a server is down then the file will come written back or stopped there.

    How was the initial setup?

    Deployment of Google Cloud is straightforward and quick and does not take much time.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Pricing is high compared to other solutions. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Comparing it to AWS Cloud, I thought Google Cloud has a better structure of cloud computing.

    AWS is also a bit tricky. Google Cloud provides many different options on how to do tasks, such as sending a file. I also looked at how Google Cloud will be unstructured and structured to the different kinds of Cloud structures when sent to a particular receiver.

    What other advice do I have?

    Prior to using Google Cloud, I was unaware of how it exactly worked. They provide you with all the information you need, including how it works, how it is structured, and how the tasks are done.

    I have already recommended Google Cloud to others because they will know how their files are transferred, how their security is maintained, and what exactly the servers do in the background.

    I would rate Google Cloud an 8 out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Database Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Our databases have never been affected by an outage, but it could use some better migration and backup tools
    Pros and Cons
    • "I haven't had any trouble setting up Google Cloud."
    • "Google Cloud lacks some tools for database migration. I've only used MySQL and AWS in my career, so those are the only ones I can compare. AWS has a database migration tool that you can integrate with a cloud backup, so can take that backup and restore it in the AWS public cloud, but it's not the same with Google Cloud."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're using Google Cloud as infrastructure for hosting MySQL, but don't use Google's Database as a Service. We manage our database ourselves. 

    What needs improvement?

    Google Cloud lacks some tools for database migration. I've only used MySQL and AWS in my career, so those are the only ones I can compare. AWS has a database migration tool that you can integrate with a cloud backup, so can take that backup and restore it in the AWS public cloud, but it's not the same with Google Cloud. We have to use a utility called mysqldump, which takes a long time to restore. That's a big shortcoming of Google Cloud. I don't know why they haven't thought of it.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using Google Cloud Platform for about a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We weren't affected during the last major Google Cloud outage. We weren't in the availability zone that was affected. We haven't used it like Infrastructure as a Service. It doesn't provide you a lot unless all your services are in that particular cloud.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I've used all three major public cloud platforms that offer infrastructure as a service. It's hard to compare. If you're a bigger enterprise, it's better to use multiple public clouds so that you are not putting all your eggs in one basket.

    For example, you might have an outage in Google Cloud but not in Azure or vice versa. It's the same for AWS. I can't say it won't ever happen, but all three major public clouds haven't gone down at the same time. 

    How was the initial setup?

    I haven't had any trouble setting up Google Cloud.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Google Cloud seven out of 10. 

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