But now that we’re here…I work with a bit less than a thousand servers spread across AWS and Google Cloud. There’s so much I hate about AWS: the poor abstractions and often needless complexity, the GUI (API and language bindings are mostly OK), the insanely high prices for lackluster performance, frequent disk I/O strangeness, the 20 minutes it takes to stop an unresponsive instance, and so many other things.
However, our Google Cloud stuff (particularly Cloud SQL) is so incredibly unreliable that I almost can’t believe it’s a real (non-beta) product. I always found Google Cloud stuff great for small projects (e.g. Flask/Bottle Web App + NDB), but have been really questioning how mature that infrastructure is now that I’m doing other things with it.
I hope that soon there will be a great competitor to AWS.
I have high hopes for OVH developing more services around their managed hardware, which is really cheap and really good. They’re opening 2 new datacenters in the US this year; I hope I can push to use them for a project soon.
It’s not that clear from the announcement, but AFAICS the big changes are:
From the FAQ:
The Google Cloud Platform Free Tier is your opportunity to learn and use GCP for free. It has two parts: a 12-month, $300 credit free trial and Always Free. The 12-month, $300 free trial allows you to use any GCP product. Always Free allows you to try participating products for free up to their non-expiring usage limits, making it easy for you to test and develop with these products.
Of course, there are some caveats:
And don’t forget this GCP EU restriction:
Google Cloud Platform services can be used only for business purposes in the European Union. If the sole purpose for which you want to use Google Cloud Platform services has no potential economic benefit you should discontinue your use of the service.
They do say this above though:
“Business” status means that you’d like to see a potential economic benefit from your development activities, for example: using the Google Cloud Platform to develop prototypes or applications with a view to generating revenue in the future. Most software developers – including affiliates, sole traders, self-employed merchants, partnerships, students and others – use Google Cloud Platform for business purposes.
[..] Offer is subject to change.
Call me old and grumpy, but doesn’t someone deserve to go stand in the corner for a while?