Five Reasons your Windows Workloads Belong on Google Cloud

Written by Katarina on Sep 11, 2017

Today, the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the best kept secret in the IT channel. The Google Cloud is Google’s answer to AWS, providing hyperscale cloud services to enterprises, channel partners, and software developers worldwide.

When I suggest to MSP business owners that they should be running their Microsoft Windows workloads on Google, I often get a raised eyebrow. For many, their default idea is to leverage Microsoft Azure. As MSPs advance along their cloud migration journey, Google Cloud should be on every MSP’s shortlist.

Here’s why:

1. World-class infrastructure, performance, and reliability

The Google Cloud Platform is built on the same highly reliable, secure and high performance infrastructure which powers Google, the largest search engine in the world, YouTube, the second largest search engine in the world, and Gmail, the world’s largest email service with over 1 billion users. When was the last time you encountered a failed Google search or Gmail outage? Google has mastered the reliable delivery of their software and services and huge part of that is their technology, expertise, and massive infrastructure investments. What MSP wouldn’t want to leverage Google’s reliability for their own clients?

2. Lower Cost

Make no mistake, Google is playing catch up with AWS in terms of market share. All hyperscale public cloud providers are dramatically reducing the cost of compute, storage, and software application delivery. But Google is taking economics of the cloud one step further, with aggressive pricing that persistently pressures AWS and Azure lower. For example, Google offers per-second billing. Google and itopia make it easy to schedule server uptime around only business hours when users in fact need access. In the case of cloud workspaces and task based employees, servers may be configured on an as-needed basis only, dramatically reducing the recurring infrastructure costs.

3. Easy, integrated backup and disaster recovery

Google makes backup and disaster recovery easy, integrated, and affordable. The Google Cloud’s persistent disk snapshot capability allows you to backup persistent disks attached to any instance, including boot volumes. Snapshots are globally available, so you can restore to any zone in any region. Google snapshots both eliminate the need for additional third-party image-based backup software and services and are extremely affordable. Snapshot storage is as low as $0.026 per/GB/month and based on compressed data.

4. You’re Not Alone

The vast majority of SMB user computing is based on Windows. Windows is on the rise on the Google Cloud, with a recent GCP blog touting that over half of the recent workload migrations were Windows. Google is laser focused on making Google Cloud the best place to run any application, including Windows.

5. Windows Workspaces in the Cloud Made Easy

For most SMB-focused MSPs, Windows infrastructure is their bread and butter. Cloud workspaces give MSPs the opportunity to secure, control and improve the delivery of end user computing to small business clients. The new and dramatically improved cloud economics from the likes of Google Cloud, along with innovative cloud automation and management software tools from itopia, create a unique opportunity for MSPs to embrace the next wave of cloud computing.

Itopia’s cloud automation and management software platform empowers partners to migrate and manage their Windows users to the cloud, while reducing labor costs and many of the traditional technical headaches associated with on-premises computing. With the Google Cloud and itopia, MSPs can deliver the familiar Windows experience clients expect, while improving the scale and profitability of their MSP franchises.