Google App Engine vs Google Cloud Platform: What are the differences?
Google App Engine: Build web applications on the same scalable systems that power Google applications. Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow; Google Cloud Platform: A suite of cloud computing services. It helps you build what's next with secure infrastructure, developer tools, APIs, data analytics and machine learning. It is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube.
Google App Engine and Google Cloud Platform are primarily classified as "Platform as a Service" and "Cloud Hosting" tools respectively.
Snapchat, Accenture, and Movielala are some of the popular companies that use Google App Engine, whereas Google Cloud Platform is used by Sentry, WePay, and BetterCloud. Google App Engine has a broader approval, being mentioned in 482 company stacks & 345 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Platform, which is listed in 61 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.
We first selected Google Cloud Platform about five years ago, because HIPAA compliance was significantly cheaper and easier on Google compared to AWS. We have stayed with Google Cloud because it provides an excellent command line tool for managing resources, and every resource has a well-designed, well-documented API. SDKs for most of these APIs are available for many popular languages. I have never worked with a cloud platform that's so amenable to automation. Google is also ahead of its competitors in Kubernetes support.