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I gave GCP a try recently because one of my workloads on DigitalOcean started to be come unreasonably expensive. I use AWS S3 for object storage, but while their other offerings seem to be pretty powerful, it's more complicated than what I need. As a hobby-level user, I'm really liking what I see with GCP so far.

One GCP offering that I think deserves more attention is Managed VMs (part of App Engine). You provide your app + runtime in a Docker container, and App Engine will run that container in a Compute Engine VM and do a bunch of cool stuff for like health checking, autoscaling, and log aggregation. It's limited in a lot of respects, but it's a basic cluster manager like Kubernetes or ECS but easier to use for simple services IMO.




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