There isn't any question that AWS (Amazon Web Services) has become one of the leading cloud providers, though you'll find many who find equal merit in Google Cloud. The comparisons are sometimes wide on features, yet it ultimately depends on what your business requirements are when faced with making a quick choice.
One thing about AWS is that's more widely available around the world than Google's cloud service. It also offers two features many wish Google Cloud would add: Simple email service and a content delivery network.
With the latter above, it enables you to reach customers in other parts of the world that aren't otherwise reachable using other providers.
Still, Google Cloud does have some advantages over Amazon. One of those is its superior network service due to using their own fiber network. They also don't use gateways through their network, which can sometimes enhance performance.
Nevertheless, AWS still has no peer, even if you need a comparison chart to determine what's really the best for you.
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Amazon has three different pricing tiers based on pay-per-use, reserved instances, or spot instances. You may find some good use choosing the reserved instances plan since it goes by one to three-year payment terms. It could save you some money in the long-term, though spot instances may work better since it goes by supply and demand.
Google Cloud might have a better pricing plan for you since they have more options in the instance paying method. Instances get charged for every minute and rounded up the nearest minute used.
Along with on-demand and sustained usage pricing options, Google offers an inferred instances plan that goes by your estimated use, hence bringing more potential savings.
Both Amazon and Google provide persistent storage capability, though with different systems. Amazon uses elastic block storage with three different types: Magnetic volumes, SSD volumes for general purpose, and IOPS SSD volumes.
These volumes have a 16TB capacity, giving you an incredible amount of storage. With their dedication to security on you data, Amazon uses the latest encryption technology.
For Google's storage, they use both standard and solid-state systems. Each disk gets up to 10TB of storage, which is slightly less than Amazon, yet still great if you're a startup. They take security seriously as well with all your data getting encrypted in transit.
More on Security
With so many people concerned about security in the cloud, it's worth looking closer at what Amazon and Google does to guard your data.
Amazon uses network ACL's (access control lists), as well as security groups that get controlled by permissions. Having this available gives you better ways to assure your data stays safe while you control outgoing and incoming traffic.
At Google, they use a firewall to regulate all outgoing traffic to assure hackers don't infiltrate your data while it's being sent to the cloud.
Service Level Agreement Comparisons
It's always essential to read the SLA from all cloud providers. Amazon and Google have some similarities in their SLA's, with just two noticeable differences.
At both, you're guaranteed a 99.95% uptime, which is exactly what you want in the best cloud providers. You'll get a 10% service credit from both, with Amazon giving this to you if you have greater than 99% monthly uptime. At Google, your credit occurs if you use between 90%-99% of your uptime rate.
The glaring difference is you get a 30% credit from Amazon if you use less than 99% of uptime, and Google gives you a 50% credit if using less than 95%.
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