[LRUG] Managed Hosting (UK Based)

Andrew McDonough andrew at andrewmcdonough.com
Wed Sep 23 04:06:15 PDT 2020

Note that GCE (Google *Compute* Engine) is Google's Infrastructure as a
Service (IaaS) offering, so more similar to Amazon's EC2 or VPS providers
like Digital Ocean/Linode, and so you'll probably still need
Ansible/Puppet/Chef/Salt to configure your instances, unless you set up by
hand (not recommended <https://martinfowler.com/bliki/SnowflakeServer.html>).
Google does have a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called App Engine
<https://cloud.google.com/appengine/> (GAE), which is more similar to
things like Heroku, and means you don't need to manage the instances
yourself. In all honesty though, I've always felt like App Engine and AWS's
equivalent offering Elastic Beanstalk are both poor implementations of a
PaaS and best avoided. If you can get away with the data being in Ireland,
I would recommend sticking with Heroku. If the data needs to be in the UK,
EngineYard have a good reputation, or it might be worth containerising your
app and running it on AWS Fargate or GKE - there is a bit more of a
learning curve, but it beats managing servers with Ansible etc and will
give you lots of additional benefits as you scale.


Andrew McDonough
andrew at andrewmcdonough.com

On Wed, 23 Sep 2020 at 11:52, Sasha Gerrand <
chat-lists.lrug.org at sgerrand.com> wrote:

> Note that Google's Cloud Engine is available in London (the relevant
> region is europe-west2):
> https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/regions-zones?hl=en
> (Hi Murray!)
> On Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 09:01 Murray Steele, <murray.steele at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm mostly interested in something that runs as much of the
>> infrastructure as possible for me, and the only services I know for doing
>> that are Heroku or maybe Google Cloud Engine (I've never used it so I don't
>> know how it compares), neither of which have an actual based-in-the-UK
>> service zone as far as I'm aware.
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