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Stephen Fox
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GCE is much more user friendly than EC2, though Amazon has come a very long way since the early days (pre-2010's). This can be seen in how easy it is to edit the storage attached to an instance in GCE: it's under the instance details and is edited inline. In AWS you have to click the instance > click the storage block device (new screen) > click the edit option (new modal) > resize the volume > confirm (new model) then wait a very long time. Google's is nearly instant.

  • In both cases, the instance much be shut down.

There also the preference between "user burden-of-security" and automatic security: AWS goes for the former, GCE the latter.

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Pros of Google Compute Engine
Pros of Google Kubernetes Engine
  • 87
    Backed by google
  • 79
    Easy to scale
  • 75
    High-performance virtual machines
  • 57
  • 52
    Fast and easy provisioning
  • 15
    Load balancing
  • 12
    Compliance and security
  • 9
  • 8
    GitHub Integration
  • 7
  • 3
    Good documentation
  • 3
    One Click Setup Options
  • 3
    Free $300 credit (12 months)
  • 2
    Ease of Use and GitHub support
  • 2
    Great integration and product support
  • 2
  • 1
    Integration with mobile notification services
  • 1
    Easy Snapshot and Backup feature
  • 1
    Low cost
  • 1
    Support many OS
  • 1
    Very Reliable
  • 1
    Nice UI
  • 17
    Backed by Google
  • 17
    Powered by kubernetes
  • 12
  • 11
  • 6
    Open source
  • 2
    Command line interface is intuitive
  • 2
    Decoupled app
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  • 1
    Declarative management

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What is Google Compute Engine?

Google Compute Engine is a service that provides virtual machines that run on Google infrastructure. Google Compute Engine offers scale, performance, and value that allows you to easily launch large compute clusters on Google's infrastructure. There are no upfront investments and you can run up to thousands of virtual CPUs on a system that has been designed from the ground up to be fast, and to offer strong consistency of performance.

What is Google Kubernetes Engine?

Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machine cluster, scaling your application, and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.

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