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An Unbiased Comparison between Google Cloud Vs AWS

Posted: March 4, 2017 at 11:24 am   /   by   /   comments (2)

Cloud computing has managed to single-handedly change how technology works. Today, any person can host his/her website on the cloud, manage files, and do stuff that weren’t possible before. Big business can also takes full advantage of the cloud computing trends.

When choosing cloud platforms, newcomers might only look at the costs. However, many different business needs ought to be taken into account before you decide to make the final call. We hope to assist you get a very clear perspective on 2 main cloud platforms. Over the past few years, Amazon Web Service course (AWS) had become a household name for the public cloud providers. Nonetheless, other cloud providers like Google and Microsoft Azure are close on AWS’ heels for revenue and customers.

In this comprehensive guide, we examine the 2 top competitors within the public cloud space: AWS and Google Cloud, and compare them on performance, feature, services and cost. Armed with this information, you will better understand where every infrastructure as a service provider stands in the cloud market so as to make the best decisions for your organization.

Who’s who? 

Google Cloud Platform: Commonly known as GCP, Google Cloud Platform started their journey back in October 2011. With only five (5) years in operation, GCP have created a very good presence in the cloud market. The first push was done so as to power their own services like Google and YouTube. Later on, they decided to build enterprise services and enabled any person to host in the cloud.

Amazon Web Services: Commonly known as (AWS), Amazon Web Services has 11 years in operation. They are one of the oldest players within the cloud market. AWS computing services are quite extensive and they cover important cloud sections like deployment and mobile networking.

Compute 

Compute refers to the processing power which the cloud services offer. Generally, the more the compute power, the better. Compute is directly proportional to the price charges, and hence the price also plays an important role in understanding compute power offered by the 2 players.

Therefore, if you actually need more compute power, you just have to allocate more resources to the current session. The startups are usually most benefited from this approach because they can order computing power anytime they wish without having to worry about installation, hardware and maintenance costs.

Let’s begin with AWS. It offers Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) which handles all compute services. It normally works by managing virtual machines that can be configured either by the owner or it comes with preconfigured settings designed for ease of use. On the other hand, GCP offers Google Compute Engine (GCE) to do the same thing.

All of them also support containers. They’re truly portable and easy to manage. Amazon’s EC2 Container Service and Google’s Container Engine service enable people to handle their instances more swiftly. You can also add more stats to them quite easily or move them to new locations without a lot of hassle.

Storage 

Storage is another important parameter when understanding how a given cloud service works. The cloud storage works totally different from the normal SSD or HDD on our computers. They have to solve several problems and also ensure that no data is lost in the course of the transfer.

Out of the 2 cloud providers discussed above, Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is usually considered the best. The storage service has extensive documentation, longevity and proper community that’s been tried and tested. Therefore, if you’re looking for an excellent storage solution with a lot of resources, Amazon S3 is your best bet.

Locations 

Whenever it comes to deploying your app, location is very important. First and foremost, you should ensure that the application performs at its peak times by having the lowest possible route to your intended customer base. You should also ensure that you spend less amount of money when it comes to using the cloud services. The prices differ depending on the region you’re taking services from. For instance, US can be an expensive region to run any given cloud server.

Google Cloud and AWS offer great coverage all over the world. Amazon Web Services leads the pack with a total of 42 availability zones while GCP has a presence across a total of 33 countries.

Databases 

A database is a very complex thing to handle. Nevertheless, before you decide to invest in any cloud platforms, it’s advisable to read their terms and conditions as well as how they usually manage data on their cloud.

Database images from a variety of vendors will let you get started quite easily. Google seems to be lacking in offering an option to the end users whereas AWS offers a good amount of options to work with. Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS) provides support for the major databases including PostgreSQL and Oracle. The service manages literally everything from updating and patching to offering solutions to the common database problems.

Documentation 

Last but not least is documentation. Documentation usually plays a very important role when it comes to picking the cloud platform for your company or yourself. Ease of use is an important factor and it shouldn’t be ignored at all. Amazon Web Service offers the best documentation when compared to Google Cloud. AWS documentation is well-built thanks to its age as well as contribution from different people over a decade.

Conclusion

Comparing different cloud services can be a difficult task but the comparison only scratches the surface and it’s meant for individuals who are getting started with the cloud computing services. If you’re stuck and can’t decide on which cloud platform vendor to choose, you can hire a cloud expert who’s readily available on the market. They usually know the in’s and out’s of all cloud platforms and can also suggest you a cloud service vendor according to your needs.

In case you would like to go with the safest options, Amazon AWS is the best platform for you. As a company or an individual, you have to ensure proper compatibility before moving to any given cloud service.

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  • May 26, 2017 at 11:03 am Gwyneth

    I can’t help but agree more with you when you say that it is wiser to hire a cloud expert. Deploying and Managing a server is very complicated and it is better to leave it to the professionals. That also allows you to channel your focus and energy on the business aspect of the website. Hosting your website on AWS is very easy* if you use a managed cloud hosting service, so go for it if your technical know-how is a bit lacking.

    *Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nydxbGhgv8

  • May 26, 2017 at 11:04 am Gwyneth

    I can’t help but agree more with you when you say that it is wiser to hire a cloud expert. Deploying and Managing a server is very complicated and it is better to leave it to the professionals. That also allows you to channel your focus and energy on the business aspect of the website. Hosting your website on AWS is very easy* if you use a managed cloud hosting service, so go for it if your technical know-how is a bit lacking.

    *Source: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/host-wordpress-on-aws-cloud/