Bigstep Metal Cloud vs GCP
Among the top 3 competitors we like Google's services the most. However we have our advantages which make the Metal Cloud a solid alternative. We've put together a side-by-side comparison to make it easy to make a decision.
Why choose Bigstep?
Single tenant, bare metal
at no extra cost
Our primary advantage comes from the performance and stability improvements that bare metal offers. You can get "sole-tenant" servers in GCP but at a 10% premium and you will still have the virtualization layer.
2x compute performance
The Metal Cloud's typical performance improvement you should expect is 2x although it depends on the kind of workload you have. A customer found 20x improvement for deep learning model training.
6x lower network latency
The network latency is 6x lower in Bigstep than in GCP so microservices on Kubernetes will run faster in Bigstep than GCP.
Why choose GCP?
shared hosting services
We highlight their AppEngine which is an modern shared hosting environment designed to run apps written in many languages. That is ideal for hobby or otherwise small projects and we recommend them to developers that are just getting started.
Just like AWS, GCP has a service for everything, ranging from publish-subscribe queues and other. Most of them are wrappers around existing technologies such as Kafka but some are Google own, unique IP that is not open source (eg: BigQuery).
Closing words on managed services
The shier broadness of managed services might incline the user to opt for the "just in case I need it" scenario but one must remember that through open source (or commercial) alternatives most of the services can be easily replicated and managed by a 3rd party if the ops resources are not available. What that offers is (sometimes much) lower cost, vendor independence and control.
As cloud services become comoditized, portability will be essential in being able to quickly leverage future cost reductions or stability issues.
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