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.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French and 8 others, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

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Features

Total features of Google Cloud Platform: 42

  • API
  • Analytics
  • Application Integration
  • Applications Management
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Business Intelligence
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Management
  • Cost Analysis
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Database Conversion
  • Database Integration
  • Document Storage
  • Email Integration
  • Full Text Search
  • Metadata Management
  • Multi-Language
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Natural Language Search
  • Permission Management
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Prioritising
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduling
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Speech to Text
  • Task Management
  • Task Scheduling
  • Team Calendars
  • Text to Speech
  • User Management
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(1,023)
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.
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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.

Andrew M.
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  • Industry: Research
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • 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.

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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  • 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.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Execute your workloads in fast, easy to use and quick deployment with Google Cloud Platform

Reviewed on 14/02/2021

Overall, GCP has provided a positive ROI to our organization leaving remarkable impressions, both...

Overall, GCP has provided a positive ROI to our organization leaving remarkable impressions, both from product and product service perspective. Therefore, I would highly recommend this platform for running your workloads in the cloud. Also, free trials are available with a bunch of credits which can help newbies to test and try out stuff before bringing production environment, on this platform.

Pros

1. One of the best User Interface available for cloud services in Industry.
2. Evolving and always enhancing feature-set which can not be ignored. Anything that can be service-based and can be provided as a managed service, you will find it in Google Cloud Platform.
3. Below are some of the best and most reliable services you will be getting along with this platform:
- Google Kubernetes Engine: is one of the best managed K8s engine. The availability of this tool is fabulous and configuring setting up clusters is done in minutes. Also, the performance of this service is amazing, be it in any region, across the globe.
- Google Cloud Storage: Can be used for any sort of files, any format of any size is accepted. It is by far one of the best places to store your cloud workloads data and files.
- Google Pub/ Sub: is basically publication/ subscription service, which is also fully managed. Provides blazing fast speed in delivering and receiving messages across this service.

Cons

1. Free trial is a little low on duration. At the moment, the free trial provides 3 months of access, however, I personally feel this is a little less time for an organization to test out their workloads and decide on GO/NO GO decisions.
2. Cache's shall be better managed. At the moment, a very constant and high-speed internet is required so as to manage this platform. If caches can be managed and better utilized, platform laggy-ness due to fluctuating internet bandwidth can be reduced, which would largely impact the user experience.

Max P.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The Cloud Platform to build on for any startup.

Reviewed on 27/06/2019

I have worked at two startups now and both were started on EC2 and transitioning to GCP. The costs...

I have worked at two startups now and both were started on EC2 and transitioning to GCP. The costs are almost 50% less at GCP than EC2 and the support at Google to get started is much greater than the massive AWS. The services and Vms are super easy to use and setup. And if your company is on Gsuite, then user management is great. Will always plan on deploying new programs and projects on GCP for foreseeable future.

Pros

Google Cloud Platform is very easy to get started with compared to other clouds. There is free training videos and courses. The costs are among the lowest of all cloud platforms.

Cons

At the beginning compute resources ran out in datacenters that you were already in and using. Also, sometimes features are depreciated or changed to paying for. There is a few months notice on those but still an inconvenience.

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Google Cloud Platform FAQs

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Google Cloud Platform offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Contact Google Cloud Platform for pricing information.

Google Cloud Platform offers the following features:

  • API
  • Debugging
  • Deployment Management
  • Graphical User Interface

Google Cloud Platform has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Google Cloud Platform supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

We do not have any information about what devices Google Cloud Platform supports

Google Cloud Platform integrates with the following applications:

Buddy, Competera, Dreamdata.io, Frame, Gridbees, MyHub, Navicat Monitor, Tribe, Unitrends Backup, VCM

Google Cloud Platform offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

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