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Benchmarks Benchmarks Google Cloud Platform - Various Configs and Locations

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  1. cooper

    cooper New Member

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    Okay, it was a thread on here that pointed me in the direction of Google Cloud Platform for hosting. The main reason is that they credit you with $300 for new accounts and that credit lasts for 12 months.

    My first thoughts were that I'd be able to get 6-7 months hosting for free on this deal. However the results are really disappointing considering the monthly costs especially when you compare them to other benchmarks posted here that are a fraction of the cost (I'm thinking of the HostUS special and Hetzner).

    Anyway, I'm going to test a number of locations with two basic specs. All instances will use CentOS 7.0 and the 123.09beta01 installer.

    Location: North America Northeast 1a (Montreal) - 1 CPU, 3.75GB Ram, 50 GB SSD

    Monthly cost is $36.08 (I don't think this includes bandwidth costs though)

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    So that's 49 seconds slower than the OVH instance I benchmarked. This instance has more RAM (3.75GB vs 2GB) and is 7 times more expensive than the OVH instance.

    Are they having a laugh? What am I missing here?
     
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  2. cooper

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    Location: Europe West 2a (London) - 1 CPU, 3.75GB Ram, 50 GB SSD

    Monthly cost is $41.47.

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    Location: North America East 4a (N. Virginia) - 1 CPU, 3.75GB Ram, 50 GB SSD

    Monthly cost is $36.69

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  4. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

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    Google Cloud Platform is very expensive so that $300 credit won't last long especially as costs you outline exclude bandwidth which is between US$120-170/TB !
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. Those prices are insane! I get that I'm not their target demographic but they seem ridiculously overpriced. Anyway 1 TB of traffic would be around 1 million page views for a 1Mb page which is the typical size of a page on my production site. I'm lucky if I hit 10k page views in a month so traffic costs for me should be in the $1.2 - $1.7 range. But yeah, if it wasn't for the $300 free credit I wouldn't be investigating this.
     
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    Traffic spike to 10TB = 10x120/170 = US$1,200 to 1,700/month and watch your bank account cry in agony !
     
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    Ok, so this is where it gets more more interesting, for me at least. I'm going to test those same locations (Montreal, N. Virginia and London) with an increased spec. Google refer to it as a n1-standard-2 instance which gives you 2 CPU's and 7.5GB Ram. I've kept the SSD the same size at 50GB.

    Location: North America Northeast 1c (Montreal) - 2 CPU, 7.5GBGB Ram, 50 GB SSD

    Monthly cost is $62.80

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    I really expected to see a decent improvement here but no it's really poor. My OVH instance benchmark comes in 11 seconds faster with 5.5 GB less RAM. At roughly $4.95 per month it's a twelfth of the price of this google instance.
     
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    I hear you. The benchmarks are not good enough for me to move anything onto them at the moment. I'd expect these sort of benchmark results from some cowboy 'Host4Less' type outfit but not Google and certainly not at these prices.
     
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    Mah. It is all about the SLA not the speed at Google Cloud and also Azure.
    To create custom work for mission critical systems,where the price is subordinate.
    If you need more, you could act quickly and add another 16 CPU cores.

    Google and Azure is less suitable for a simple server with 1 cpu core and 1 GB memory.
    For example the A range at Azure.

    E49,38 per month for 1 shared core, 0,75 GB memory and 20 GB storage.
    The A range features old slow AMD's as CPU.

    Just do a benchmark.
    As slow as what.
    Almost impossible to use and probably only marketing strategy to push to better, more expensive servers.
     
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    Yeah, I get the SLA thing but these scores are really terrible for the price point. I'd rather have a 1 month trial of a service that behaves the way it should than 12 months of a waste of everyone's time. If Linode offered 2CPU with 7.5GB Ram and displayed these benchmarks they'd get slaughtered.

    As you say, it's all marketing.
     
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    Location: North America East 4c (N. Virginia) - 2 CPU, 7.5GBGB Ram, 50 GB SSD

    Monthly cost is $64.03

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    So, guess what, this is 93 seconds slower than a lower spec instance in the same region tested above. Only 1 more benchmark to go.
     
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    Location: Europe West 2b (London) - 2 CPU, 7.5GBGB Ram, 50 GB SSD

    Monthly cost is $72.75

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    Ok, so at least it wasn't as bad as the last benchmark but again it's terrible considering the specification and the monthly cost.

    If anyone does sign-up to the free trial heed the warning from @eva2000

     
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    I don't think so.
    It is a completely different market with a different target group:

    Enterprise vs small business / startup / professionals in their free time
    High end vs Low end
    Sla vs Best effort
    Mission critical vs None mission critical
    Custom build solutions vs Default template VPS servers
    Scalable in all facets vs Limited adaptability
    24/7 Support vs IRC/Mail support on best effort

    Etc Etc...
     
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    All very true but we're talking semantics. If someone like Linode offered those benchmarks consistently for that spec of instance then direct competitors would simply erode their market share over time. As you say though, Google are not a direct competitor for the reasons you outline and I do acknowledge that fact further up the thread.
     
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    Yeah different markets but Amazon EC2 is only considered for for-profit enterprises. If you aren't making enough money to cover EC2 hosting + bandwidth costs, you wouldn't be using them in the first place!
     
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    Hetzner Cx10 works and is probably just fine for a small volume low processing website.

    Probably fine for 99% of sites.

    But Dropbox started on Amazon before building their own cloud.

    If you have a big data idea, cloud hosting with Google/Amazon/Microsoft is a great idea.
     
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