AWS vs. GCP: Which Cloud Service Provider to Choose?

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Amazon Web Services vs. Google Cloud Platform

The demand for a public cloud solution is rising at an extensive rate. Amazon cloud services and Google cloud platform playing their significant part; here is a brief comparison of both services.

Amazon web services is a subsidiary of amazon cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies, and governments on a paid subscription basis.

Similarly, Google provides a suite of cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google search engine and YouTube.

Amazon web services are useful to create and deploy any application in the cloud. It provides services over the internet. It was launched in the year 2006.

Google Cloud Platform is a cloud computing service that offers application development and integration services for its end users. It was launched in the year 2008.

Establishment of Amazon web services and Google Cloud Platform

Aws launched in 2006, thus having more experience in the cloud domain than google or other cloud computing providers especially because it was established based on Amazon’s real-life experience and business needs. It successfully meets the on-demand needs of enterprises regarding the cloud computing platform.

Google Cloud was launched in 2008, which is no doubt the third competitor after azure and is quite a reliable and cheap cloud computing platform for businesses.

How is Amazon web services and Google Cloud Different?

Here we are comparing AWS vs. GCP. Some important factors need to focus on while comparing AWS and Google cloud, such as:


AWS covers services such as; Amazon web services EC2, RDS, S3, IAM, VPC, Cloud watch, Cloud 9, IOT core, etc. Similarly, Google cloud covers cloud engines, cloud data store, cloud storage, cloud IAM, cloud DNS cloud SDK, Cloud IoT, etc. Google cloud services are lesser in number than AWS.

Both Amazon web services and Google Cloud can integrate with multiple open source tools links Docker, Ansible, GitHub, Jenkins, Kubernetes, tensor flows, etc.

Virtual Servers – AWS EC2

It is a web service that helps to resize and compute capacity to run application programs on a virtual machine.

Virtual Servers – GCP VM Instances

Google Cloud Platform enables a user to build, deploy, and manage virtual machines (VMs) to run the cloud’s workloads.

AWS EC2 Pricing

Amazon web services provide a free tier for the first 12 months in EC2 service (up to 750 hours per month).

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) VM Instances Pricing

It offers a free tier that includes a micro instance per month for up to 12 months.

PaaS – AWS Elastic Beanstalk

It is a Platform as Service (PaaS). It is an orchestration service for deploying applications and maintaining capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

PaaS – Google App Engine

Google App Engine is a service used by developers to build and host applications in Google’s data centers.

VPS – Amazon Light Sail

It is useful for a web application that requires a minimum number of configurations.

VPS – Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Google Cloud Platform doesn’t have any VPS service.

Server-less Computing – AWS Lambda

It is a server-less compute service. It allows the execution of backend code and scales program data automatically when required.

Server-less Computing – GCP Cloud Function

It is the easier way to run code in the cloud; also, it is highly available and fault-tolerant.

Disaster Recovery – AWS Disaster Recovery Services

It is a cloud-based recovery service that helps in the last recovery of data resulting in minimal downtime.

Disaster Recovery – GCP

Google Cloud Platform doesn’t have any disaster recovery service.

Downtime and Speed

Another factor is downtime and speed; AWS’s maximum downtime phase in 2015 was 2 hours and 30 minutes, whereas having a progressing infrastructure. Google faced a massive downtime of 11 hours and 34 minutes in 2015, and that is why when we compare the reliability in both, this is where AWS comes out to be a preferable choice.

Google Cloud Platform has a complex pricing schema than AWS. Downloading data from GCP is expensive as compared with Amazon web services.

AWS is less expensive than GCP and provides enterprise-friendly services. It is also outstanding in speed and agility and offers secure and reliable services which have attracted more enterprises to adopt AWS services to grow their businesses.

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