In June 2017, I embarked on this research and start with Microsoft Azure leveraging on the promotion provided. Let re-cap on the reviews on Microsoft Azure a couple of months back https://www.limjooseng.com/low-cost-cloud-hosting-for-startup-part-i/.
Today, I’m sharing the experience encountered at Google Cloud Platform. I leverage on Google current promotion, https://cloud.google.com/free/, to learn and research on feasibility and substantiality. Same as what I did on Microsoft Azure, I create a website, https://www.ladinvestment.gq/, using WordPress provided by the Cloud EC2 Compute Engine.
In this exercise, I sign-up a free domain from Freenom, sign-up the free Google Cloud Platform Free Tier promotion. Using Cloudflare to assist in my DNS management and SSL. Thus the whole website setup and operate free on cloud provided by Google Cloud Platform. In my opinion, I like Google pricing in this aspect as compare to Microsoft Azure. I have the website setup and operating for a couple months, setup a couples of weeks later than what I have for Microsoft Azure. I was given USD 300 credit for 365 days, however, till now for a few months I just used up USD 10+ only while for Microsoft Azure, every month I used up the USD 150 (per month) that given to me. So for the website almost the same why the big differences in pricing? Is Microsoft Azure more expensive? Not necessary.
For Microsoft Azure, the minimum specification for the cloud offering is already running at USD 40+ per month, however, it come with higher technical specification. In my opinion, the minimum technical specification that provided by Microsoft Azure is good enough to support a website with traffic between 1000 to 2000 per days.
For Google Cloud Platform, it is not that it is offering an inferior technology, but rather it provide a more flexible pricing that what I think is a truly ‘pay what you used’. I choose a micro cpu (<1gb), thus it is free, this is only good to support traffic between <500 per days. This is good for start-up when you not sure whether your idea work. Once there is a substantial increase in your traffic that bring real revenue to your business, you can upgrade to a more powerful technical specification. For installation a WordPress website, Google Cloud Platform also comes with marketplace and installer that can install your WordPress within 15 minutes. Google also provide domain registration, SSL management and cloud CDN, I feel it is not necessary as I use Cloudflare to manage these.
In my opinion, Start-up can leverage Google Cloud Platform not just for e-commerce website only but also for ERP system, such as Dolibarr …etc. As it is pay for what you really use, you don’t need to invest in expensive and heavy accounting or ERP software.