We typically publish cloud host specific sysadmin guides like for Rackspace, HP Cloud, IBM Cloud and so on. We typically have no specific guides for Amazon, Azure and Google cloud. Definitely, we test zillions of cloud and traditional hosts. How Google Cloud Platform is When Compared to Other Cloud Webhosts IBM, OVH, DO, Linode? Not surprisingly Google Cloud Platform not cost effective in terms of bench-marking.
How Google Cloud Platform is Compared to IBM, OVH, DO, Linode?
You’ll get best idea for benchmarking on certain websites like :
Only review sites often not good or biased for rating. Google Cloud Platform is comparable to service delivery model of Amazon, Azure. It is not quite practical, cost effective solution when you are going to spin an operating system as virtual machine.
For certain paid software Amazon, Google Cloud Platform, Azure are practical for as-you-go pricing model. As for example, you can use Nginx Plus like paid software on Amazon without need to actually purchase it. From that view, IBM and Amazon has wider offerings.
Next point peoples think about is easy way to take backup. Except OpenStack backup, none has just easy way to take full server backup, swap IP without any downtime.
In this situation, question of global connectivity arises. Google Cloud, IBM and OVH – all have probably highest number of servers on this earth. Google Cloud Platform or IBM unlikely to share own corporate network cables for general purpose public web hosting service for the sake of own security. It is not practical to dream of something astonishing.
At the end, OVH becomes winner with huge number of different type of flexible offers at different price range. OVH, Hetzner, online.net, 1and1.com are all major European players, decent and also cheap. Problem of OVH, Aruba, Amazon is presence of high number of hackers.
Linode or Digital Ocean not really closest to bad. Linode have history of suffering from DDoS once. Rackspace actually great among all “cloud” but prohibitive by cost.
Digital Ocean probably a general purpose solution, whereas managing virtual servers on Aruba, VPSDime, OVH demands some sysadmin experience to handle the script kiddies.
No Cloud is Superior than Dedicated or Colocation
OVH actually has decent dedicated webservers at affordable cost for general purpose usage. There are many good decent dedicated webservers at affordable cost. If the quality of hardware is good and networking quality is nice, a dedicated will offer you true scalabillity – depending on the hardware, the host can add real hardware RAM, Hard Disk without need to shutdown or restart. 32 GB really become 64 GB within few minutes. As we always say – it is not easy to maintain an unmanaged dedicated server.
Of course, colocation is best choice for custom tailored high performance need with 100% assured quality of hardware. These days, there are colocation hosting for Raspberry Pi too! But in reality, one 2U server in different country drives us crazy with zillions of troubles of real life – no spare parts, pay to take server to service center and the list is endless.
Then why Google Cloud Platform is much popular at rating? Google gives discount, may be they have more offers for some niche, may be some webmasters hope for better SERP as Google Search is big matter. The users of Google Cloud Platform is probably a different segment of users.
If you need US IP for your server in Europe, you can easily use a cheaper virtual server in front as reverse proxy using Nginx.
Investing anything more than $100/month behind cloud needs thought. Cloud is really good for a faster spin up of new instance, temporarily shift for disaster recovery or upgrade of OS when they are billed in pay-as-you-go model. Dedicated Cloud is not easy to decide.