Google App Engine vs Google Cloud Platform


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Google App Engine
Google App Engine lets you run web applications on Google's infrastructure. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow. With App Engine, there are no servers to maintain: You just upload your application, and it's ready to serve your users.
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Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform is a set of modular cloud-based services that allow you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications. Cloud Platform provides the building blocks so you can quickly develop everything from simple websites to complex applications. Explore how you can make Cloud Platform work for you.
Comparing Google App Engine vs Google Cloud Platform is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Google Cloud Platform has better video than Google App Engine



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Google Cloud Platform has more user-friendly interface than Google App Engine because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google App Engine is more popular than Google Cloud Platform

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google App Engine gets a firewall (in 2017)
- Google Cloud Platform gets a cheaper, lower-performance networking tier (in 2017)
- Google App Engine now supports all programming languages (in 2017)
- Google Cloud Platform improved its free tier (in 2017)
- Google Cloud Platform takes on Windows Azure with new Windows VMs (in 2017)
- Google Cloud Platform gets a new key management service (in 2017)
- Google Cloud Platform gets new a cold storage service (in 2016)
- Google launched custom machine types for its Cloud Platform (in 2015)
- Google Cloud Platform now allows to store Docker container images (in 2015)
- Google Cloud Platform now supports server-side software for Windows (in 2014)

Looks like Google Cloud Platform was recently more active than Google App Engine (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google App Engine and Google Cloud Platform meet head to head:

2015 - Google launched custom machine types for its Cloud Platform



Google Cloud Platform launched a new way of buying virtual machines in its cloud - Custom Machine Types. With new Custom Machine Types, Google lets you specify exactly how many vCPUs (up to 32) and how much memory you need (up to 6.5 GiB per vCPU — Google likes to be precise, so it doesn’t use ‘gigabyte’ and instead specifies the number of gibibytes). If your needs change — as they inevitably will — you can adjust the number of cores and memory as needed. Maybe you’ve outgrown the virtual machine with two vCPUs. Typically, you would have to step up to a machine type with four vCPUs, even if you only needed three. Because you don’t have a choice, you end up paying for more power than you need.