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What is Google Cloud Functions?

Construct applications from bite-sized business logic billed to the nearest 100 milliseconds, only while your code is running

Google Cloud Functions is a tool in the Serverless / Task Processing category of a tech stack.

Who Uses Google Cloud Functions?

43 companies use Google Cloud Functions including Policygenius, OTOBANK Inc., and Kalibrr.

Google Cloud Functions integrates with

Firebase, Google Cloud Storage, Cloud Functions for Firebase, Google Cloud Pub/Sub, and Prisma Cloud are some of the popular tools that integrate with Google Cloud Functions. Here's a list of all 8 tools that integrate with Google Cloud Functions.

Why people like Google Cloud Functions

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Kestas Barzdaitis
Kestas Barzdaitis
Entrepreneur & Engineer | 10 upvotes 14611 views
Google Cloud Functions
Azure Functions
AWS Lambda
Google Compute Engine
Microsoft Azure
Amazon EC2

CodeFactor being a #SAAS product, our goal was to run on a cloud-native infrastructure since day one. We wanted to stay product focused, rather than having to work on the infrastructure that supports the application. We needed a cloud-hosting provider that would be reliable, economical and most efficient for our product.

CodeFactor.io aims to provide an automated and frictionless code review service for software developers. That requires agility, instant provisioning, autoscaling, security, availability and compliance management features. We looked at the top three #IAAS providers that take up the majority of market share: Amazon's Amazon EC2 , Microsoft's Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine.

AWS has been available since 2006 and has developed the most extensive services ant tools variety at a massive scale. Azure and GCP are about half the AWS age, but also satisfied our technical requirements.

It is worth noting that even though all three providers support Docker containerization services, GCP has the most robust offering due to their investments in Kubernetes. Also, if you are a Microsoft shop, and develop in .NET - Visual Studio Azure shines at integration there and all your existing .NET code works seamlessly on Azure. All three providers have serverless computing offerings (AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions). Additionally, all three providers have machine learning tools, but GCP appears to be the most developer-friendly, intuitive and complete when it comes to #Machinelearning and #AI.

The prices between providers are competitive across the board. For our requirements, AWS would have been the most expensive, GCP the least expensive and Azure was in the middle. Plus, if you #Autoscale frequently with large deltas, note that Azure and GCP have per minute billing, where AWS bills you per hour. We also applied for the #Startup programs with all three providers, and this is where Azure shined. While AWS and GCP for startups would have covered us for about one year of infrastructure costs, Azure Sponsorship would cover about two years of CodeFactor's hosting costs. Moreover, Azure Team was terrific - I felt that they wanted to work with us where for AWS and GCP we were just another startup.

In summary, we were leaning towards GCP. GCP's advantages in containerization, automation toolset, #Devops mindset, and pricing were the driving factors there. Nevertheless, we could not say no to Azure's financial incentives and a strong sense of partnership and support throughout the process.

Bottom line is, IAAS offerings with AWS, Azure, and GCP are evolving fast. At CodeFactor, we aim to be platform agnostic where it is practical and retain the flexibility to cherry-pick the best products across providers.

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Shaun Persad
Shaun Persad
Maker at CommentBox.io | 1 upvotes 120 views
Google Cloud Functions

Running background triggers based on events provides a simple, scalable way to create complex interactions. Google Cloud Functions

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Matt Welke
Matt Welke
Software Developer at GroupBy Inc. | 1 upvotes 116 views
Google Cloud Functions

Useful for personal projects where I have extremely low traffic. Scalability not taken advantage of for personal projects because of lack of funds.

I use it in a more microservice style. A recent use case was subscribing to a free tier of a 3rd party geolocation service (take lat and long, return address), and exposing an endpoint to trigger it, so that I could centralize credentials for the 3rd party service and reuse the endpoint across all proofs of concept and personal projects.

Used equally as often as AWS Lambda, depending on where the rest of the tech stack is hosted. Google Cloud Functions

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Google Cloud Functions's alternatives

  • AWS Lambda - Automatically run code in response to modifications to objects in Amazon S3 buckets, messages in Kinesis streams, or updates in DynamoDB
  • Serverless - The most widely-adopted toolkit for building serverless applications
  • Cloud Functions for Firebase - Run your mobile backend code without managing servers
  • Azure Functions - Listen and react to events across your stack
  • Apex - Serverless Architecture with AWS Lambda

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