Google Compute Engine vs Rackspace

Google Compute Engine
Run your large-scale computing workloads on Linux virtual machines hosted on Google's infrastructure. Use world class data centers that provide unparalleled performance for your computing needs. Easily scale to tens of thousands of cores on infrastructure designed for large-scale computing.
Rackspace Cloud offers four alternative hosting products: Cloud Servers for on-demand computing power; Cloud Sites for robust web hosting; Cloud Load Balancers for easy, on-demand load balancing and high availability; and Cloud Files for elastic online file storage and CDN.Rackspace Cloud hosting customers never need to worry about buying new hardware to meet increasing traffic demands or huge traffic spikes.
Comparing Google Compute Engine vs Rackspace is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Rackspace has better video than Google Compute Engine

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Rackspace has more user-friendly interface than Google Compute Engine because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Rackspace is more popular than Google Compute Engine

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Following AWS, Google Compute Engine also moves to per-second billing (in 2017)
- Rackspace acquires multi-platform hybrid IT management solution Datapipe (in 2017)
- Rackspace adds cloud optimization platform to its private cloud (in 2016)
- Google Compute Engine adds Windows Server (in 2015)
- Rackspace will sell and manage Google Apps (in 2014)
- Rackspace guarantees 99.99% uptime of private cloud (in 2014)
- Google Compute Engine is available for all (in 2013)
- Google Compute Engine - the new threat to Amazon (in 2012)
- Rackspace launched a dating service for apps and their users (in 2010)
- Rackspace added Windows to its Cloud (in 2010)

Looks like Rackspace was recently more active than Google Compute Engine (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google Compute Engine and Rackspace meet head to head:

2012 - Google Compute Engine - the new threat to Amazon. Rackspace keeps calm

This week, Google decided to seriously spoil the Amazon's life. First, they released the clone of Kindle Fire, which makes Amazon's tablet irrelevant, and now they are launching a clone of Amazon's cloud platform Amazon Web Services, significantly reducing the pricing for computer resources. Google's new IaaS-platform is called Google Compute Engine and (like AWS) allows to rent virtual servers and scale cloud-applications so that they could work at any load. In theory, the overall power and reliability of Google's cloud infrastructure can beat Amazon. During the Compute Engine  presentation Google engineers demonstrated a genome-analysis application running at 600,000 cores.

And the cost of Google Compute Engine instance will start at $0.055/hour. For comparison - Amazon's same small instance costs $0,08/hour. Storage and bandwidth pricing is almost the same. Thus in terms of cost and reliability, Google's platform is more attractive.

However, Amazon still has some advantages. The first - is Windows-instance support (Google Compute Engine currently supports only Linux). The second - is a variety of middle-ware tools. Though Google has already partnered with RightScale and some other cloud management providers, still for now AWS provides much more tools for developers and IT administrators.

And the third advantage - is time. For now Google Compute Engine will be available only to the small number of selected customers, and it's unknown when it opens to the public. During this time, Amazon can lower the prices and invent new features that Google hasn't cloned yet.