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Google Cloud takes on AWS

2 of the biggest names in technology are once again in the ring with the gloves off.

Adam D 29 September 2014

For a long time, Amazon Web Services or AWS was the biggest player in the cloud computing market, no questions asked. But now that Google Compute Engine, better known as Google Cloud, has appeared on the scene, it looks like things are going to start heating up. The two have already gotten embroiled in a vicious price war… meow! So the question on everyone’s lips is—do Amazon Web Services still offer the best cloud computing services in town or is Google Cloud going to give them a run for their money?

Features

In terms of breadth, AWS’s incredibly broad range of features is unbeatable. Google Cloud has 15 virtual machines divided into four categories—standard, high CPU, high memory and shared core VMs. By contrast, AWS has dozens of machines that cater to much more specific needs, from VMS allowing for high graphic output to micro and macro sized VMs. AWS also offers a greater variety of storage options.

Partners

At the moment, AWS is still way ahead of Google Cloud. To put things in perspective, for every partner Google Cloud has, AWS has an entire category of them, including big names like Oracle. A greater number of partners translates to more products and services that are able to run alongside the cloud infrastructure.

Security

Of course, both AWS and Google Cloud are adamant that their systems are watertight. Google Cloud encrypts data and is the proud holder of certifications like ISO 27001 and SSAE-16. AWS, on the other hand, can comply on demand to the security requirements of industries like healthcare and payment card. In general, with no major hiccups on either side, we’ll have to call this a draw.

Cost

AWS charges by the hour. This means just one minute of use will be rounded up to an hour. On the other hand, Google Cloud charges a 10-minute minimum, following which users are charged in blocks of 1 minute. While Amazon has aggressively cut prices to try and match Google’s, most of Google Cloud’s on-demand prices remain cheaper.

Businesses on a tight budget, especially start-ups, might find Google Cloud a wee bit wallet-friendlier. Overall however, it looks as though AWS will retain its title as king of cloud computing. If you’re looking for superior features and versatility, AWS was, and still is, The One. 

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