Disadvantages of Google Cloud Platform : What You Need to Know

Cloud Platforms are witnessing exponential growth in their popularity. The battle for Cloud supremacy is rising, and we're here for it. The pandemic depicted how crucial it is to migrate to cloud platforms for your company to stay relevant in the long term.

When researching the top Cloud providers, you may have encountered several options. All these have several products, services, features, tailored solutions, and so much more you can choose from.

One of the big names is Google Cloud Platform. Endorsed by businesses and individuals, the platform has built a loyal audience. However, like any other platform, Google Cloud has a dark side.

This article gives you an insight into the dark side of the Google Cloud Platform and what you need to look out for when investing in it.

The Downsides of Google Cloud Platform 

The quick adoption of Cloud platforms isn't going to slow down anytime soon. Thus, it’s necessary to know the Cloud options, like the Google Cloud Platform, and what disadvantages it has. 

1. Limited Control over Data and Security

Google is a huge name when it comes to discussing the next revolutionary chapter of cloud computing.

Even though Google Cloud has well-advanced and curated security features, it does depict some potential drawbacks that affect usage.

We'll expand on the limited control Google Cloud has over data and security below.

  • Lack of data control 

    One of the most significant drawbacks is the lack of control. If you're running a business, you'll be concerned about how your data is stored on the Google Cloud Platform.

    You'd want to know how your data is stored and what you can do to access it, but the limited control will only allow for that to happen. A business that has to comply with strict data regulations may view it as a significant down point.

  • Lack of transparency in security protocols

    The next point is the need for more transparency in security protocols. There needs to be more transparency about how these security protocols play a role in securing your data.

     This is a significant concern for you or your business if you require complete visibility with no hidden traits into their security processes.

    Especially if your organization or business had to comply with regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you'd have to look into the matter.

    There's also minimal information on how Google Cloud tackles security incidents. The limited information paves the path for genuine concerns about the effectiveness of their platform.

  • Dependence on Google's infrastructure and policies

    Google needs more wiggle room when it comes to changing its policies. So, if you use the platform, you'll have to be utterly dependent on the infrastructure and policies laid out by Google.

    Even though Google has a strong reputation for reliable and scalable infrastructure, some users experience downtime or issues with Google. The no control over the Google policies also limits your customization requirements if you need them.

2. Reliance on Internet Connectivity

Internet reliance is a problem for many applications. However, the Google Cloud Platform seems to experience this problem the most.


A stable internet connection will ensure optimal performance for you on the platform. But what happens to the platform when the internet is down? Let's find out.

  • Dependence on internet connectivity

    Google has dependence issues. It's completely reliant on the internet and only does something useful. That means you can only access your data online with a stable, well-built, strong connection.

    Latency issues, complete service disruption, or other issues are just some things you can experience. This is a huge concern for companies that require constant access to their data without any obstacles.

  • Latency issues

    We highlighted latency issues above. Latency is the delay time between sending a request and receiving the response to the request. For the Google Cloud Platform, latency is a huge concern.

    Consider the distance between you (the user) and the data center where your data is stored. If the distance is too great, you can expect a long time before you get access to your data.

    Especially when the infrastructure is not optimized for high-speed transfer, you should be ready to face latency issues.

  • Downtime risks

    On its own, the Google Cloud Platform is very reliable and secure. However, the dependency on the internet exposes the platform to downtime.

    If the internet connection is unstable, you might face downtime, connectivity issues, or any other uncalled events.

    Downtime can lead to less productivity, your revenue, and even damage your company's reputation.

3. Cost Implications

Running a business is not an easy job. You have to manage your cash flows and finances while caring for everything.

So, when you're choosing a suitable cloud model, there are dozens of things you have to consider. Cost implications are one of the pivotal factors that you have to bring into the equation.

Google Cloud Platform may have stellar services, but different pricing policies may not benefit you. Let's have a look at these policies.

  • Complex pricing structures

    Receiving unexpected charges is something you never have on your bucket list. Since the Google Cloud Platform has numerous pricing models, it can be hard to keep up with the services provided in each model and how using these services can whip up unexpected charges for you.

    The complex pricing models make it extremely difficult to predict the costs accurately or even come up with a good estimate, making it a major disadvantage.

  • Unexpected cost implications

    There are a number of factors that can affect your bill and cause upsurges in what you'll have to pay. Factors like usage spikes or unintentionally active services that you have no idea of can incur additional costs that you did not sign up for.

    Moreover, there's also an underlying problem of hidden costs associated with factors like storage costs or data transfer fees.

  • Lack of budget control

    The last point is the lack of budget control. Even though the Google Cloud Platform does offer tools to let you track your usage metrics and control costs, you can still face challenges due to the complexity involved.

    All these factors translate to unexpected costs, difficulty in predicting future usage, or choosing the wrong pricing model. These problems make it hard to stay within your allocated budget.

4. Technical Complexity

Google has a strong virtue for technicalities that most of us aren't used to. Especially non-professionals in the area lack the expertise and find it hard to navigate through the technical knowledge required for using the Google Cloud Platform.


Using this complex service demands technical knowledge, which is a problem. We'll expand on how this is a grave problem for most users out there below.

Google Cloud Platform is a technically complex service that requires users to have a certain level of technical expertise to use it effectively. This section will discuss the following disadvantages:

  • Steep learning curve

    Every application you use or learning new skills has a learning curve. We get that. However, the Google Cloud Platform doesn't have space for a slow learning curve. You have to adapt to the platform real quick if you want to get the most out of it.

    Expecting to get optimal results while learning everything at a slow pace can slow down your adoption rate and result in increased use of resources spent on training and time.

  • Limited technical support

    Another major down point is the lack of technical support. You won't get 24/7 support if you facing an issue. Support may also be limited to certain regions or time zones, and you'll have to wait in long queues before you get to discuss your issue.

    Most time you might not be able to discuss the issue with a qualified support representative due to the high influx of other users. This can be a huge issue for businesses looking for quick responses to issue resolution or solving other technical issues.

  • Difficulties in integrating with other services

    The Google Cloud Platform isn't the only service you'll be using for your business problems. Although the platform has numerous services and products, it doesn't do quite well when you'd want to integrate the service with other third-party platforms.

    You'll have to be a technical geek if you'd want to optimize the platform's usage with other third-party apps. Some services offered may also require you to have the necessary APIs (application programming interface) to help out with the integration.

5. Limited Compatibility with Non-Google Services

Google is a platform that promotes its own products and makes sure that users choose their services over others. Especially when it comes to compatibility, you'll notice how the platform won't fuse well with other non-Google services.

In this section, we'll discuss the following disadvantages:

  • Limited compatibility with non-Google services

    Google Cloud Platform is primarily designed to work with other Google services. This can be a disadvantage for users who need to integrate it with non-Google services.

    The platform does provide some integration room with non-Google services like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, but these come with limitations and require in-depth knowledge for proper setup and maintenance.

  • Lack of support for open-source software

    Different businesses have different requirements and workflows. So, if you're using a third-party open-source application, the Google Cloud Platform won't offer you much assistance in that arena.

    For instance, if you wish to integrate the platform with an application like Apache Spark or Kubernetes, you may not get the support.

    This problem is a major downside for businesses that rely on these open-source software for their business operations.

  • Vendor lock-in

    The last factor is vendor lock-in, which is propelled due to the Google Cloud Platform's limited compliance with other services and limited support for open-source software.

    That means you'll have to battle problems and find it difficult when switching to another provider because you'll be entirely dependent on Google's services.

    Moreover, you can also experience challenges when extracting your data and application stored on the Google Cloud platform if you'd want to switch providers.


The Google Cloud Platform is a great facility, but like all good things, it also comes with disadvantages that might affect your decision.

Even though the platform is super powerful, the disadvantages discussed above can significantly impact your business operations if you don't know how to navigate through them seamlessly.

Thus, it is important to integrate all these factors into your equation when choosing a cloud-based platform and see which platform can bring you the most advantages.

A full grip on the pros and cons assists you in making an informed decision and steering clear of any future potential issues.

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Youssef is a Senior Cloud Consultant & Founder of ITCertificate.org

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