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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 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.

What is Rackspace Cloud Servers?

Cloud Servers is based on OpenStack, the open and scalable operating system for building public and private clouds. With the open cloud, you get reliable cloud hosting, without locking your data into one proprietary platform.
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      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.
      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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      Review ofMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

      Windows Azure is more difficult to configure than some other cloud based technologies, however, it makes up for it with the incredible integrations and ease of development on mobile platforms (Android, iOS and of course Windows Phone).

      The Azure Web Sites is a PaaS that is very easy to setup and is pretty powerful.

      If you want VMs you can have them and even program when they come online.

      There are tons of ways to use this service and there are a lot of free things you can get in order to try it out. The only downside is that you have to learn a new, although very powerful, platform.

      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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      Review ofRackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

      Rackspace plays nice with Windows Server 2013. It is the most customizable platform I have worked with so far and the closest to running a private server. The dev tools are great and if you want to work in a familiar environment with as much customizability as you want this is the right server for you.

      How developers use Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Servers
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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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      MOKA Analytics uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

      We use Microsoft Azure because many of our clients are already Azure for their private cloud. Additionally, Azure supports App Service Environments (ASE), which isolates the application resources and gives us a static IP for securely accessing external resources

      Additionally, MSSQL supports columnstore tables which is critical for running fast analytics over large datasets

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      Refractal uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

      For our cloud infrastructure, I cannot recommend Rackspace higher. They have consistently knocked it out of the park for us, especially in terms of direct support and help even beyond the call of duty.

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      Daniel Kovacs uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

      My favourite cloud with all the great tools - web apps, mobile apps, storages, easy tables, blobs, app insights, cosmos DB... I think it is really usable and ergonomic. Plus point for mobile app.

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      PSESD uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

      We currently host PRS and EARS on Azure as they are .Net apps, but we are currently porting these services to Scala and will be hosting them on Heroku with the other P2 SRX services.

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      Onezino Gabriel uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

      Serviço utilizado para deploy de toda a infraestrutura do projeto. Colocamos todas as peças do serviço no azure, garantindo uma forma rápida e garantia de escalibilidade.

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      Sean Long uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

      Blackbaud makes use of Azure and my current job is with Blackbaud. Therefore, due to the free credit and the ability to reuse tools, I rely on Azure quite a bit.

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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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      Yaakov Belch uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

      I used Rackspace virtual machines for all my dynamic web applications until switching to Digital ocean. I still like and recommend Rackspace.

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      Blue Shell Games uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

      Our hosting partner for four years running. Rackspace continually evolves to meet their customers' needs.

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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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      Publitory uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

      Content is distributed via Rackspace CDN for faster file access

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      Aspire uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

      Cloud host for our platform and public-facing sites.

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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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