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Google App Engine vs Google Compute Engine: 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 Compute Engine: Run large-scale workloads on virtual machines hosted on Google's infrastructure. 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.

Google App Engine can be classified as a tool in the "Platform as a Service" category, while Google Compute Engine is grouped under "Cloud Hosting".

Some of the features offered by Google App Engine are:

  • Zero to sixty: Scale your app automatically without worrying about managing machines.
  • Supercharged APIs: Supercharge your app with services such as Task Queue, XMPP, and Cloud SQL, all powered by the same infrastructure that powers the Google services you use every day.
  • You're in control: Manage your application with a simple, web-based dashboard allowing you to customize your app's performance.

On the other hand, Google Compute Engine provides the following key features:

  • High-performance virtual machines- Compute Engine’s Linux VMs are consistently performant, scalable, highly secure and reliable. Supported distros include Debian and CentOS. You can choose from micro-VMs to large instances.
  • Powered by Google’s global network- Create large compute clusters that benefit from strong and consistent cross-machine bandwidth. Connect to machines in other data centers and to other Google services using Google’s private global fiber network.
  • (Really) Pay for what you use- Google bills in minute-level increments (with a 10-minute minimum charge), so you don’t pay for unused computing time.

"Easy to deploy", "Auto scaling" and "Good free plan" are the key factors why developers consider Google App Engine; whereas "Backed by google", "Easy to scale" and "High-performance virtual machines" are the primary reasons why Google Compute Engine is favored.

9GAG, Snapchat, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Google Compute Engine, whereas Google App Engine is used by Snapchat, Accenture, and Movielala. Google Compute Engine has a broader approval, being mentioned in 594 company stacks & 429 developers stacks; compared to Google App Engine, which is listed in 482 company stacks and 345 developer stacks.

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What is Google App Engine?

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.

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.
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      What are some alternatives to Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine?
      Heroku
      Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
      Amazon Web Services
      It provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments. It offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services.
      DigitalOcean
      We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.
      AWS Lambda
      AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources for you. You can use AWS Lambda to extend other AWS services with custom logic, or create your own back-end services that operate at AWS scale, performance, and security.
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
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      Reviews of Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine
      Review ofGoogle Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine
      • I use Google Compute Engine instances as flexible, reproducible infrastructure that scale with my data science tasks.

      • Between Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, I chose Google Cloud for its intuitive UI. SSH within the browser is very convenient.

      • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome

      Review ofGoogle App EngineGoogle App Engine

      With Cloud Endpoints you can create and deploy mobile backend in one hour or less. And it is free (until you need extra scale). I would not recommend to use Java - python is faster and has all new appengine features.

      Pros: everything is in one place: task queue, cron, backend instances for data processing, datastore, mapreduce. Cons: you cannot easily move your code from GAE. Even with special 3rd party services.

      Review ofGoogle App EngineGoogle App Engine

      With Cloud Endpoints you can create and deploy mobile backend in one hour or less.

      How developers use Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine
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      Casey Smith uses Google App EngineGoogle App Engine

      PaaS for back-end components, including external data ingestion APIs, front-end web service APIs, hosting of static front-end application assets, back-end data processing pipeline microservices, APIs to storage infrastructure (Cloud SQL and Memcached), and data processing pipeline task queues and cron jobs. Task queue fan-out and auto-scaling of back-end microservice instances provide parallelism for high velocity data processing.

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      Samuel Harrold uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine
      • I use Google Compute Engine instances as flexible, reproducible infrastructure that scales with my data science tasks.
      • Between Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, I chose Google Cloud for its intuitive UI. SSH within the browser is very convenient.
      • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome
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      Lawrence Cheuk uses Google App EngineGoogle App Engine

      checking a swap require a lot of cpu resource, roster normally come out same day of month, every month, at a particular time. Which make very high spike, our flag ship product, iSwap, with the capability looking swap possibility with 10000 other rosters base on user critieria, you need a cloud computing give you this magnitude of computing power. gae did it nicely, user friendly, easy to you, low cost.

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      Casey Smith uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Infrastructure for Google App Engine, Google Cloud Endpoints, Memcached, and Google Cloud SQL components, as well as Git repository and Jenkins CI server.

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      CommentBox.io uses Google App EngineGoogle App Engine

      App engine fills in the gaps in the increasingly smaller case where it's necessary for us to run our own APIs.

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      Abhijeet Gokar uses Google App EngineGoogle App Engine

      Very easy to make cloud computing of ML models , and use containers like Kubernetes.

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      Vamsi Krishna uses Google App EngineGoogle App Engine

      Cloud instances to run our app, Cloud MySQL , Network Load Balancer

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      BitBank uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Compute engine is used to run our live forecaster and cron jobs

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      Jonathan Fries uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Ghost runs on a VM from Google Compute Engine.

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      Partners in School Innovation uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Hosting our Bitnami PSQL instance

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