Manage Less, Code More & Scale Faster With Google App Engine

Our (App Engine) road so far

Until recently, a lot of time has been spent architecting how applications utilise resources in both development and infrastructure. Google Cloud platform changed this in a number of ways. One of the most important developments involves what App Engine brings to the table – and that’s being able to build 100% scalable applications that use Google’s technology to determine resource requirements.

Servian jumped on the Google train over 5 years ago. At the time, Google’s cloud offering was significantly smaller than it is now with only a handful of products available, while we were at a place where, as a business, we needed to deliver web applications that were fast to load, highly available and easy to deploy. App Engine ticked all these boxes for us, and we were able to get products to market very fast.

Since App Engine can auto-scale up and down, management of application infrastructure becomes a non-issue. You can focus just on writing code without worrying about taking care of the underlying infrastructure – no server management and configuration deployments needed.

“The best thing about App Engine as a managed platform is that it made it possible for our developers to easily scale their apps with almost no ops knowledge”

Scale apps anytime – ops knowledge optional

But being able to build applications without the management overhead is not the only reason why App Engine quickly became our go-to platform for building apps and scaling. The best thing about App Engine as a managed platform is that it made it possible for our developers to easily scale their apps with almost no ops knowledge. It also set us up with the best practices in terms of logging, security and release management. As a result, our developers could focus on doing what they do best (writing code) while Google took care of making sure what they wrote was available and scalable. App Engine truly was ahead of its time and allowed Servian to be agile in the market.

The only downside we saw at the time was the limited programming language support. But that’s left in the past – in 2019 you can build and deploy with App Engine using several popular languages, including Java, PHP, Node.js, Python, C#, .Net, Ruby and Go. Or you can bring your own language runtimes and frameworks, if that’s your preference.

Don’t design and build on OUTDATED trade-offs

Focus on what really matters thanks to a fully managed environment built on Google infrastructure

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