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Observable vs Vertex AI:
a side-by-side comparison for 2024

Comparing two data science notebooks.

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Observable

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Make sense of the world with data, together. Explore, visualize, and analyze data. Collaborate with the community. Learn and be inspired. Share insights with the world.
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Vertex AI

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Vertex AI is Google Cloud's comprehensive machine learning platform that enables businesses to build, deploy, and scale AI models effortlessly.
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Observable

Vertex AI

Setup

Is it managed?

Is it managed?

Fully managed (setup in minutes)
Fully managed (setup in hours)

Can you self-host?

Can you self-host?

No, you must use a managed offering
You can self-host (setup in hours)

Features

Is it Jupyter compatible?

Is it Jupyter compatible?

Not Jupyter-compatible
Jupyter-compatible

Programming languages

Programming languages

JS
SQL
JS
Julia
R
Python

What kind of data sources can you connect to?

What kind of data sources can you connect to?

Connect with JS libraries (e.g. REST APIs)
Connect to databases (MySQL, Postgres)
Connect to data warehouses (BigQuery, Snowflake)
Provided file storage
Provided file storage

What kind of data visualization can you do?

What kind of data visualization can you do?

JS data visualization (e.g. D3, Vega)
UI for building charts

Reactivity

Reactivity

Full, realtime reactivity
Reactivity with caveats

Notebook scheduling

Notebook scheduling

No notebook scheduling
Notebook scheduling is built in

Management

Reproducibility

Reproducibility

Environments are reproducible by default
Execution is reproducible by default
Unknown

Version history

Version history

Version history is built in
No version history

Collaborative editing

Collaborative editing

Multiple editors at the same time
Multiple editors at the same time

Comments

Comments

Comment on items within a notebook
No support for comments

Notebook organization

Notebook organization

View notebooks in a list
View notebooks in a list

Licensing

License

License

Proprietary
Proprietary

Price

Price

Free tier
Free trial (1 month)
Pay-per-user
Free tier
Pay for compute

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