Google Cloud Platform (GCP), the No. 3 public cloud, is strong in almost all use cases, and its edge capabilities are slowly improving, according to Gartner.
Google Cloud is focused on being a broad-based IaaS and PaaS provider by expanding its offerings and go-to-market operations. It’s also geographically diversified.
Strengths: GCP posted “impressive” revenue growth in the past year, despite financial losses, winning business for its core data and analytics strengths, as well as traditional enterprise workloads such as SAP. GCP has steady adoption growth among enterprises and “lands at the top of survey results when infrastructure leaders are asked about strategic cloud provider selection in the next few years,” Gartner said. It’s closing meaningful gaps with AWS and Microsoft Azure for cloud infrastructure and platform services, in some cases eclipsing them.
Cautions: Some Gartner clients referred to poor experiences dealing with Google Cloud after signing on, with much of it tied to GCP’s rapid growth and resulting “organizational immaturity.” Its aggressive competitive pricing is winning customers, but likely will wane with growth.