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I have a spring boot application, angular front end app, couchbase, and redis. They are all defined in a docker compose yaml file. I can make the application up and running locally. Is there a way to use docker compose tools/commands to do the same in google cloud or digital ocean?

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If you don't want/need platform-specific integrations and transforming your services to a cloud I guess GCP Compute Engine is for you -- it's like a usual virtual machine that you can start, SSH to it and have all privileges to install and run software the same way you did it on your dev machine.

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If you want to avoid Kubernetes, then the simplest of the GCP options for a docker container is probably their Container-optimized VM images?

That lets you put the parameters to your docker run ... command in the VM config as per https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/containers/deploying-containers#gcloud

This assumes you are able to publish your image to a repo that is accessible to your GCP compute VMs.

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I don't know about Google Cloud but yes on Digital Ocean, I do it all the time! Just make sure you have Docker Compose installed on the droplet and then run the commands the same as you do locally.

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