I have used AWS for most of my Cloud related needs. Recently, I tried out Google Cloud and I will share some of my experiences with Google Cloud in this blog.
The easiest way to get started is to signup for the 60 day trial. This gives 300$ of credit to use Google Cloud for 60 days. It is necessary to register using a credit card.
Google cloud services can be accessed either using Developer’s console, CLI, SDK. It is needed to create atleast a single project to get started. First, I created a project using the Developer’s console. Developer’s console can be accessed from here.
Installing and using gcloud SDK:
Use the procedure here to install SDK.
Following are the steps that I did to install SDK in Ubuntu 14.04 VM running in Virtualbox:
# Install SDK curl https://sdk.cloud.google.com | bash # Authenticate, this will open browser window to authenticate gcloud auth login # Set the project and Zone # Find the project id by listing the projects gcloud config set project gcloud config set compute/zone # List config variables $ gcloud config list [compute] zone = us-central1-b [core] account = <email> disable_usage_reporting = False project = eighth-keyword-474
Lets create and manage a Compute VM.
# Create a compute VM with f1-micro size and Ubuntu 14.04 image $ gcloud compute instances create example-instance --image ubuntu-14-04 --machine-type f1-micro # List instances running $ gcloud compute instances list NAME ZONE MACHINE_TYPE INTERNAL_IP EXTERNAL_IP STATUS example-instance us-central1-b f1-micro 10.240.75.165 184.108.40.206 RUNNING # To ssh to instance(When we run this the first time, it will ask us to mention the secret key and also push the key to allow ssh access) $ gcloud compute ssh example-instance # To list firewall rules $ gcloud compute firewall-rules list # Delete instance created $ gcloud compute instances delete example-instance
I found Google Cloud to be very easy to use and has lot of similarities to AWS, I found the CLI to be more intuitive and GUI to be more dynamic. Considering that AWS has a head-start, AWS has more features compared to Google Cloud.