Google Cloud Platform

Modular platform for computing, hosting, storage & more

About Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform is a modular-based platform providing multiple build and scale services to businesses of any size within any industry. It offers tools for document storage, data warehousing, security key enforcement, app creation, API management, AI and machine learning, live chat, and more.

With Google Cloud Platform, users can store large amounts of data in cloud storage and scalable data warehouses with built-in machine learning. Additionally, users have access to relational and non-relational databases for transactions, complex queries, streaming, offline sync, and more. The platform also includes data migration services such as data import for BigQuery, large scale network transfer of data, and a rackable storage server for large volumes of data.

Google Cloud Platform enables users to streamline management workflows with integrated management consoles, browser and mobile device compatibility, and cost optimization tools. The platform also includes a global fiber network, providing users with defense-in-depth network security and reliability. Additional networking features include content delivery, service tiers, telemetry, low-latency DNS serving, traffic management, load balancing, and a network intelligence center for network monitoring, verification, and optimization.

With Google Cloud Platform users can integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) into pre-existing applications using custom or pre-trained modules, as well as gather insights derived from text, speech, video, and images. The platform offers natural language features for cloud translation from any language.

Pricing starting from:

US$0.01

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, zh-hant

Pricing starting from:

US$0.01

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Google Cloud Platform: 81

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Application Management
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Billing & Provisioning
  • Calendar Management
  • Capacity Analytics
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Chatbot
  • Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Cost Analysis
  • Cost Management
  • Data Blending
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Dictionary Management
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Data Security
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Warehousing
  • Database Conversion
  • Database Support
  • Demand Monitoring
  • Document Storage
  • ETL - Extract / Transfer / Load
  • Email Management
  • For Healthcare
  • For Sales Teams/Organizations
  • Full Text Search
  • Graphical User Interface
  • High Volume Processing
  • In-Database Processing
  • Load Balancing Tools
  • Log Access
  • Machine Learning
  • Metadata Management
  • Multi-Cloud Management
  • Multi-Language
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Multiple Programming Languages Supported
  • Natural Language Search
  • Network Monitoring
  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Prioritisation
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Relational
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Speech Recognition
  • Supply Monitoring
  • Task Management
  • Task Scheduling
  • Templates
  • User Management
  • Virtual Machine Encryption
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA)
  • Virtual Server
  • Virtualisation
  • Workflow Approval
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(1,123)
Value for Money
4.4/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Darien C. Darien C.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

GCP is a robust, powerful platform that offers simple cloud hosting for websites

Reviewed on 18/02/2021

Google Cloud Platform allows our website to scale rapidly as needed, while offering a cheap and...

Google Cloud Platform allows our website to scale rapidly as needed, while offering a cheap and completely customizable hosting platform. While complicated, GCP allows power users to run very powerful websites for fairly cheap, and unlimited potential for future development.

Pros

GCP is a very complicated platform, with unlimited potential for those who know how to use it; but once you learn how to use a specific tool - it becomes a very powerful and simple tool to use.

I currently only use the Compute Manager (Virtual Machine), VPC Network (External IP) and Network Services (Cloud DNS) to run a cloud-based Wordpress site. Overall, once you learn the system, Google Cloud offers a very powerful solution for web management - giving unlimited potential for upgrades & sizes, allowing for localized solutions & access to the full Google Cloud network, and giving a (cheap) solution for powerful web hosting. With GCP, we spend only $7 a month (CAD), and our site runs significantly faster than it previously did on other hosting services.

On top of that, GCP allows complete control over the backend linux server; which is a learning curve in itself, but offers quick & easy ways to manage every aspect of your website - the PHP version, specific file permissions, custom platform solutions (such as access to install different Google API's).

Cons

Google Cloud Platform is an insanely powerful platform with incredible features, but it also carries a VERY steep learning curve and is not for the faint of heart. While other web hosting services provide a simple interface most people can learn quickly, GCP throws you into the deep-end; requiring deeper knowledge of linux code (for backend management) and an understanding of web hosting in order to operate properly. Fortunately, with numerous guides and support forums/groups out there, it can be easy to learn.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Azure

Reasons for Choosing Google Cloud Platform

Squarespace no longer fit our design or hosting needs.

Switched From

Squarespace

Reasons for Switching to Google Cloud Platform

Simplicity of interface & familiarity with brand
Andrew M. Andrew M.
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  • Industry: Research
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Google Cloud is a cost effective alternative to S3 and continually improving -watch this space.

Reviewed on 31/10/2020

Google Cloud has allowed us to scale key parts of our data pipeline and democratise access to data...

Google Cloud has allowed us to scale key parts of our data pipeline and democratise access to data for reporting; removing bottlenecks in reporting and allowing self-service analytics, but it is overkill for companies that don't deal with pentabytes of data.

Pros

The integration with other Google products is particularly impressive and makes it easy to set up. Using Forms for entry to Sheets which sync to BigQuery and DataStudio makes for very quick and easy expansion. Recently they have added a feature whereby query results can be viewed in Sheets for quick, less technical analysis.

I was particularly impressed by BigQuery's free public datasets: such as covid.

AppSheet is much easier to use than MS PowerApps.

They are continually adding novel features, with a natural language processing feature coming soon, allowing SQL queries to be composed using natural English.

Cons

BigQuery does not feel like a mature product yet. The UI can be buggy and is not particularly user friendly.

DataStudio lacks the flexibility of software like MS PowerBI; it lacks basic scientific graphs like boxplots and control charts and I would not recommend it for scientific data.

AppSheet lacks the flexibility of MS PowerApps and is priced per user, making it expensive to scale and greatly reducing the potential use cases.

Alternatives Considered

Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure

Reasons for Switching to Google Cloud Platform

We chose Google Cloud over Amazon because it was more cost effective at the level of usage we were expecting.
Lorri D. Lorri D.
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Works great for a business owner on a budget

Reviewed on 11/11/2021

It's been great. Easy for me, easy for clients, and easy for colleagues and collaborators to use....

It's been great. Easy for me, easy for clients, and easy for colleagues and collaborators to use. It does everything I need.

Pros

This is easy to use, and for very small businesses, the free version might be sufficient. So it's very accessible from a price perspective. I pay for the business set up, which is $14 per month, in part because of the email archiving functionality which I need for my particular industry. In addition, because everyone is using google these days for email, files and calendar items are super easy to share with my clients.

Cons

I use Microsoft in my other job, and I do think it's a more robust software, and that Office documents still have a lot of functionality compared to Google docs. That being said, the price of Microsoft Office and Cloud is prohibitive for a business the size of mine.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft 365 and Dropbox Business

Reasons for Switching to Google Cloud Platform

Pricing, universality of the product - client and vendor familiarity with use.
Gaurav G. Gaurav G.
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  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Robust clickstream data storage and analysis tool

Reviewed on 29/09/2020

My overall experience with Google Cloud Platform has been satisfactory. I have been able to work...

My overall experience with Google Cloud Platform has been satisfactory. I have been able to work with IT to import marketing campaigns data from multiple sources and store them for querying by analysts in my team. Due to scalability and stability of databases in GCP, I can keep moving more marketing data without worrying about slowing down the databases or crashing them. So, all analytics pulled using this imported data can populate a dashboard and keep it updated with fresh insights. Which helps in driving higher ROI.

Pros

My marketing team uses Google Cloud Platform to collect Google Analytics clickstream data and marry it with structured data from other sources. I analyze that correlated dataset using SQL queries. Some benefits I see off using GCP: I can access data online using a Google email address which I already use for other Google tools. I can export the data extract using Google Sheets and store it in Google Drive. I can import additional data by setting up a daily feed from Google Analytics. So, I get the benefits of a relational database with ability to scale using Google servers.

Cons

Google Cloud Platform is great for importing datasets from Google Analytics and other Google suite tools. But from tools which are not in the Google eco system, it involves heavy lift from ETL developers or architects. Additionally, GCP Bigquery tool has a limit on the volume of queries an analyst can run. Once that limit or cap is crossed, companies have to pay extra. So, using the LIMIT command in SQL becomes critical to limit the numbers of rows. Also, there is a challenge of legacy SQL vs. current version because they use different syntax.

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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

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Reviewed on 31/07/2021

We are using GCP for years now. We have deployed healthcare, telecommunication, education and...

We are using GCP for years now. We have deployed healthcare, telecommunication, education and logistics business applications on GCP. All applications were migrated from on-prem. Deployments were not too hard. Even though the pricing model is bit complex this is still cheaper than most of the cloud vendors. No repatriations so far.

Pros

+ Free tier available
+ Highly scalable
+ Security
+ Pay-as-you-go option ,so we have to pay only pay only for the usage.
+ Bring your own License capability.
+ Very easy to integrate with Google services.

Cons

+ Less number of datacenters across the world comparing to other vendors.
+ Pricing is bit complex
+ Customer services and support services could be improved

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Azure

Reasons for Switching to Google Cloud Platform

Main reason is the pricing. GCP is lot more cheaper than other options
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Google Cloud Platform offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$0.01
  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Available

Contact Google Cloud Platform for pricing information.

Google Cloud Platform has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Google Cloud Platform supports the following languages:

Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, zh-hant

Google Cloud Platform supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Google Cloud Platform integrates with the following applications:

Netskope Active Platform, OpsGenie, PagerDuty, Slack, Splunk Enterprise, Sumo Logic, Telegram, Webex, xMatters

Google Cloud Platform offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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