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Although Google Compute Engine (GCE) has been available to the public for only a year, its price structure provides a competitive alternative to AWS and Azure. It also provides fluid integration with Google’s other cloud services. However, given how new it is, GCE also has limitations, such as:
- Documentation that is lacking a suite of visual tools and a complete administration site.
- Windows offering is limited to Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition in only two regions.
- No documented way of importing Windows VM images.
- It covers only three regions, with two availability zones for each.
- It does not provide cloud developers the tools to design an entire platform with the application.
In spite of these limitations, it is worth noting that since this is a Google product, rapid introduction of features to close the gap with Amazon and Microsoft, while offering creative new services, can be soon expected.
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