AWS vs. Google Cloud- How to Pick the Right One for Your Business in 2021

Priyank Trivedi, in Technology


In today’s data-driven world, enterprises find it extremely difficult to choose the right platform to ensure seamless data storage and access. In recent times, major global players like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have entered the cloud computing domain to make the competition fiercer than ever. However, this is, in turn, beneficial for corporate users as they can get innovative services at competitive rates.

Today, we are going to compare two cost-efficient and reliable cloud giants- Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Both these platforms have their pros and cons, but here we restrict our discussion to their comparison only. It will help you find the most suitable cloud platform for your data-related requirements. But, before comparing them, let’s have a brief introduction of both these popular and robust platforms.

Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform or GCP consists of various services and solutions that enable you to utilize the same software and hardware infrastructure that Google uses. Google launched GCP in 2012 with the name Google Compute Engine in a public preview. It was available in December 2013. Today, it offers over 50 products including Google Compute Engine, Google App Engine, Google Cloud Bigtable, Google Cloud Functions, Google Storage, and Google Cloud CDN. Big companies like CocaCola, Evernote, HTC, and Heathrow count on Google Compute Engine to meet their cloud needs effectively.

As of 2019, the annual run rate of GCP is over $8 billion. Today, GCP is among the top three priorities of the software giant Google.

Amazon Web Service

Amazon Web Service or AWS is a cloud computing platform developed and maintained by Amazon. It offers flexible, scalable, easy-to-use, and cost-effective cloud solutions. AWS was launched in 2006 with a vision to provide cloud computing services to businesses and individuals. It offers over 200 products including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3, and Amazon Route 53. Some of the big names like Netflix, Novartis, Airbnb, and NASA rely on Amazon EC2 for leveraging the advantage of cloud computing.

AWS is known as a powerhouse of storage, analytics, networking, and databases. It can be considered as a pioneer in cloud platform services.

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After having their introduction, let’s move to a quick comparison between them.

Aspects Amazon Web Service (AWS) Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
Launching Year 2006 2013
Pricing Model Per hour Per minute
Developer Amazon Google
Containers Docker, Kubernetes Only Kubernetes
Number of Products/Services 200+ 50+
Main Services EC2 or Elastic Compute Engine Compute Engine
Cost-effectiveness Less More
Storage AWS S3 Google Cloud Storage
VM Disk Storage Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) Persistent Disk (HDD and SSD)
File Storage Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) Cloud Filestore
Archive Storage S3 One Zone Archival Cloud Storage
Bulk Data Transfer AWS Import/Export Disk Nearline and Coldline
Hybrid Support Own managed virtual tape infrastructure Relies on partners like Egnyte
Disaster Recovery Cloud-based DR (Disaster Recovery) services Out-of-the-box DR or backup services
Backup S3 is used for secondary backup Own built-in Google Cloud
Data Volume 500 GB to 16TB 1 GB to 64 TB
Max IOPS per Volume 500 3000 read 15000 write
AI and ML AI service SageMaker is limited TPU AI chips that has more speed and better performance
Availability 21 different zones 20 different zones

If you are still confused about which platform you should select, let us make your mind free from doubts. Here we cover the pros of both these platforms for your organization. Have a look at them and decide the right one for your company.

Why GCP?

Here are some of the noteworthy benefits of Google Cloud services.

  • Higher productivity, innovative approach
  • Employees can use it from anywhere
  • Futuristic infrastructure
  • Serverless environment to connect to cloud services
  • Robust data analytics functionality
  • Cost-effective platform that offers long-term discounts
  • Big Data and ML support
  • Better user experience and attractive UI

Why AWS?

AWS services can offer the following benefits to your company.

  • Lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) as compared to any other private servers
  • Centralized billing and management facility
  • Hybrid capabilities
  • Application can be deployed in multiple regions across the world by using a few clicks
  • Five years’ head start on GCP
  • High computing power and easy app deployment process
  • Automated functionality including scaling, setup, and configuration
  • Ability to use known programming models, OS, databases, and architecture

IPv6 Support:

  • EC2 instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offers native support for the IPv6 protocol. IPv6 can be enabled for existing and new VPCs through the AWS management console, API/SDK and CLI. Customers can use IPv6 on EC2 instances to access Internet resources as well as on-premise applications using Direct Connect. This enables numerous use cases such as hosting public services and meeting IPv6 compliance requirements.
  • While GCP has IPv6 support for their global load balancers, it's very limited and not enough for many uses.

Wikibon has predicted that enterprise cloud spending will be grown at a 16% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) between 2016 and 2026. Many enterprises want to leverage the benefits of cloud technology irrespective of their size and business model. Google Trends has also confirmed a steady rise in the interest in cloud platforms. We can certainly expect that over the period, the demand for cloud platforms will grow. All you need to consult a reliable and renowned IT services provider to make the most of either platform as per your business size and model.

We are not comparing GCP and AWS to find out the winner. This comparison will simply help you find the right cloud partner for your data needs. However, when it comes to speed and pricing, GCP has an upper hand. But, from the perspectives of support and availability, AWS wins the race.

At InheritX Solutions, we provide the best-in-class Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Services to meet the cloud requirements of our global clientele. Simply send us an email at contact@inheritx.com to know more about our services and our expert consultants will contact you soon.

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