Google Cloud: Is It Any Good?

Friday, February 14, 2020
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Despite the late start of the Google Cloud Platform, its competitive edge and cost-effective solutions have turned it into one of the most sought-after cloud services, ahead of AWS and even Azure. Who doesn’t want to leverage one of the largest, fastest, most secure networks in the entire world? In the words of Wired Magazine, GCP is the mother of all clouds and it shows.
Not only does Google Cloud help you significantly cut your overheads, but it can also increase your productivity and the performance of your web applications and/or services. What’s more, you benefit from state-of-the-art security to boot.

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Advantages of Google Cloud

The advantages of Google’s cloud computing are impressive and difficult to outline without taking scale into consideration. For the sake of brevity, here’s the executive summary:

1. Lowest Price on the Cloud Market

Google Cloud features significant discounts for continuous workloads and asks for no up-front commitment, unlike most services out there.

Price comparisons indicate that comparable virtual machine configurations (16 CPU, 30 GB RAM, 500 GB SSD storage) are at half-price of AWS offers and nearly three times more affordable than Azure’s.

For every month of hosting you don’t go with Amazon or Microsoft, Google Cloud will save you anywhere from $500 to $1000 in costs.

Their pricing model relies on minute-level increments that ensure you pay only for the computing time that you actually use. New GCP users benefit from a free trial (worth $300 in credits), that you can use over the course of a full year.

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Premium Performance

Google’s tiered cloud services combine public infrastructure with an immense network of private servers and thousands of kilometres’ worth of fibre optic cables. With GCP, your page will load with the best of them, both on mobile and desktop.

Google is expanding its physical infrastructure with its very own trans-Atlantic subsea cable that will be made available within the next year, as well as through constant improvements to its CDN.

The Compute Engine algorithms can adjust the resources of your virtual machine on a need-to-basis. No more downtime or slow response during peak traffic. The technology will then scale back your VM when the traffic returns to normal.  

Plus, you can choose where to host your web architecture – Google currently boasts 21 data centres over 6 continents. An additional 5 are on the way.

Cutting Edge Security

Your data is encrypted both when it’s stored, as well as when it’s in transit towards your customers, employees, or data centres with the help of 256-bit AES keys. The safety you benefit from with GCP is similar to that of a VPN.

Google corporation has a dedicated security team the size of roughly two medium businesses. This taskforce is constantly monitoring suspicious activity, maintaining defence systems, and building new infrastructure.

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Setting-up a WordPress Site with Google Cloud

Although you can use managed hosting services that work with the GCP infrastructure, setting up your very own WordPress website with Google Cloud is quite easy and will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Here’s what you need to do. First, you need to provision a virtual private server (VPS):

  • Log into your Google Cloud and create a VM instance in the Compute Engine section.
  • Choose a standard machine type (10 GB, 1 CPU, 1.7 GB RAM) and use either of the free OS provided. Select a data centre close to your target demographic. They also have pre-configured WordPress solutions.
  • Check allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic in the firewall section.

Now, to install the WordPress stack. The easiest way is to use WordOps, an open-source software that installs everything you need in order to deploy a website:

  • In your Google Cloud VM, switch to root user and install WordOps.
  • You can add caching plugins to speed up your site, like Redis, Ngix or WP Super.
  • Configure a static IP from the VPC Network section.
  • Update the A record for your domain and you’re done!

As you can see, the process is so intuitive that non-specialized users can easily set-up a WordPress website using Google Cloud without having to shed hundreds of dollars in upfront payments.

Why You Should Host Your WordPress Site on Google Cloud

While it is true that you can find affordable web hosting services at several dollars per month, you get more value out of hosting your WordPress site on Google Cloud. Its infrastructure delivers outstanding performance and uptime to your web services throughout the world.

More importantly, Google Cloud ensures that your web architecture can scale according to your needs (with minimal additional costs), so that your website will handle the increased load of peak traffic.

As your business scales, you will actually save a considerable sum every month by not having to switch to one of GCP’s competitors.