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Google Compute Engine vs Linode: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Linode? Deploy and Manage Linux Virtual Servers in the Linode Cloud. Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.

Google Compute Engine and Linode can be categorized as "Cloud Hosting" tools.

Some of the features offered by Google Compute Engine are:

  • 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.

On the other hand, Linode provides the following key features:

  • Deploy multiple Linux distributions
  • Create Configuration Profiles which associate disk images and device nodes
  • Boot between configuration profiles

"Backed by google", "Easy to scale" and "High-performance virtual machines" are the key factors why developers consider Google Compute Engine; whereas "Extremely reliable", "Good value" and "Easy to configure" are the primary reasons why Linode is favored.

Snapchat, Harvest, and imgix are some of the popular companies that use Google Compute Engine, whereas Linode is used by eTobb, Infoshare, and GigSalad, LLC. Google Compute Engine has a broader approval, being mentioned in 587 company stacks & 414 developers stacks; compared to Linode, which is listed in 129 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

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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 Linode?

Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.
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    What are some alternatives to Google Compute Engine and Linode?
    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.
    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.
    Google Cloud Platform
    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.
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
    Microsoft Azure
    Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
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    Reviews of Google Compute Engine and Linode
    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

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    My primary OS is LINUX, Linode gives me everything I need in hosting service.

    Enough RAM for the price, high speed network and CPUs.

    How developers use Google Compute Engine and Linode
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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
    Avatar of Casey Smith
    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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    Simon Bernier uses LinodeLinode

    One production linode, and a staging linode that I turn on when I need it.

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    Val Neekman uses LinodeLinode

    Linode is used for load balancer, web server, database server etc.

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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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    4 All Digital ltd uses LinodeLinode

    Linux images for hosting docker

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    TOMIS uses LinodeLinode

    Hardware for our servers

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    dotmos uses LinodeLinode

    Hosts our HTTP servers.

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