Google Compute Engine Review

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Google Compute Engine was founded as a VPS provider in 2008.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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Google Compute Engine VPS Features

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  Yes
Backups  No

Snapshots and Images are available but are charged extra as storage ($0.026 per GB per month as of 5/8/2016).

Control Panel  Builtin
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  20
Number of Datacenter Continents  4
Monitoring Charts  Yes

CPU, disk and network utilization.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Reverse DNS  No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit Cards
Hidden CPU Model  Yes
Affiliate Program  No
IPv6 support  Yes
Firewall  No
Shelving  Yes

"A stopped instance does not incur charges, but all of the resources that are attached to the instance continue to incur charges.": https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/instances/stop-start-instance

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Pros and Cons

Strengths

  • Large catalog of available features.
  • Datacenter locations all over the world.

Weaknesses

  • Disk IO is throttled on small storage volumes.

Google Compute Engine Extra Services

In addition to features included in VPS plans, Google Compute Engine also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage   Object storage   Load balancer  
Floating IP addresses   Team Management   Managed databases   Serverless  
DDoS protection   Kubernetes   GPU instances   Private network  

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each Google Compute Engine VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server from the moment it was ordered to the moment it accepted SSH connections.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
28s 20s 35s 3

Control Panel Screenshots


Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage Prices page.

Storage Type Price / GB / month Description Restriction
Block $0.170 Called "Persistent Disk" at Google.
Also available in Standard form on HDD at $0.04/GB/month.

Google Compute Engine block storage
SSD Provisioned space
Object $0.023 Object storage is called "Cloud Storage" at Google.
Nearline and Coldline storage are also available at lower prices and speeds. Data transfer and operation fees are extra.

Google Compute Engine object storage
Standard Storage. First 5GB free.
Snapshots $0.023 GCE snapshots are incremental and stored in "Cloud Storage" (object storage)
Google Compute Engine snapshots storage

Google Compute Engine Instance Types and Plans

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All Google Compute Engine instance types

Note: All VPS prices reported at VPSBenchmarks are for one month without any further commitment and before promotions unless noted otherwise. The IPv4 charge is added to the VPS monthly price in case the provider doesn't include it by default.

Plan Number of CPU cores RAM Storage Price
Family:
General purpose
Instance Type:
N2 Standard

N2 machine series has up to 128 vCPUs, 8 GB of memory per vCPU, and is available on the Intel Ice Lake and Cascade Lake CPU platforms.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.
Family:
Compute optimized
Instance Type:
C2 Standard

The C2 series enables the highest performance per core and the highest frequency for compute-bound workloads using Intel 3.9 GHz Cascade Lake processors.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.
Family:
General purpose
Instance Type:
N2D Standard

N2D machine series has up to 224 vCPUs, 8 GB of memory per vCPU, and is available on second generation AMD EPYC Rome and third generation AMD EPYC Milan platforms.

n2d-standard-2 2 8.0GB 40GB $63.35 / month
Family:
Compute optimized
Instance Type:
C2D Standard

The C2D machine series provides the largest VM sizes and are best-suited for high-performance computing (HPC). They use the third generation AMD EPYC Milan platform

c2d-standard-2 2 8.0GB 40GB $73.08 / month
Family:
General purpose
Instance Type:
E2 Standard

The E2 machine series has a predefined CPU platform, running either an Intel processor or the second generation AMD EPYC Rome processor. E2 offers 2 vCPUs for short periods of bursting.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.
Family:
General purpose
Instance Type:
E2 Shared cores

Unlike predefined machine types and custom machine types, shared-core machine types are not billed on their individual resources. Each machine type has a defined price for both vCPUs and memory. E2 shared-core machines with committed use discount contracts consume cores in the following manner:
e2-micro: 0.25 cores
e2-small: 0.50 cores
e2-medium: 1.0 cores

e2-small 2 2.0GB 40GB $16.23 / month
e2-medium 2 4.0GB 40GB $24.46 / month
Family:
General purpose
Instance Type:
N2 High memory

N2 machine series has 8 GB of memory per vCPU, up to 128 vCPUs, and is available on the Intel Ice Lake and Cascade Lake CPU platforms.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.
Family:
Compute optimized
Instance Type:
C3 High CPU

The C3 high CPU instances are powered by the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor Sapphire Rapids CPU platform and feature 2GB RAM per vCPU.

c3-highcpu-4 4 8.0GB 80GB $139.45 / month
Instance Type:
Other

No description

g1-small 1 1.7GB 10GB $13.13 / month
n1-standard-1 1 3.75GB 20GB $27.67 / month
t2d-standard-1 1 4.0GB 20GB $34.24 / month
e2-highcpu-2 2 2.0GB 0GB $36.11 / month
n1-highcpu-2 (Off rankings) 2 1.8GB 20GB $36.23 / month
n2-highcpu-2 2 2.0GB 0GB $41.87 / month
n1-standard-2 (Off rankings) 2 7.5GB 10GB $48.55 / month

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