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What is the difference? AWS vs Microsoft Azure vs Google Cloud

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AWS, Microfost Azure, and Google Cloud are all cloud computing systems. Can you tell me the difference between them? For most of you, it is difficult even if you have ever heard of these names. Indeed, they are all used for the same purposes and provide similar services. However, they all are distinguishable from each other and do not share their strengths. In this post, we will discuss the difference between AWS, Microfost Azure, and Google Cloud.

What is a cloud computing service?

Cloud computing, in its simplest form, is the supply of computing services via the Internet (“the cloud”), encompassing servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence in order to provide quicker innovation, adaptable resources, and scale economies. Typically, you only pay for the cloud services you actually use, which lowers operational expenses, improves infrastructure management, and enables you to scale as your company’s needs evolve.

You don’t need to prepare a big server infrastructure to provide a good online service by using cloud computing services. These are the main advantages when you adopt cloud computing services:

  • Cost
  • Speed
  • Global scale
  • Productivity
  • Performance
  • Reliability
  • Security

Nowadays, most of the biggest companies or even the government are using this service to provide online services.

AWS vs Microsoft Azure vs Google Cloud

AWS(Amazon Web Service)

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The most widely used cloud platform in the world, Amazon Web Services (AWS), provides over 200 fully functional services from data centers across the world. Millions of clients use AWS to save costs, increase agility, and accelerate innovation, including the largest corporations, most successful governmental organizations, and the fastest-growing startups.

Originally released in 2002, the AWS platform was later re-released in 2006. Amazon offers a variety of services, including Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). For example, Amazon EC2 allows you to create and use virtual servers whose specifications can be changed as needed.

Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure, sometimes called just Azure, is a cloud computing service offered by Microsoft. It provides various services such as computation, analytics, storage, and networking. These services are available for users to choose from while creating and scaling new apps or using the public cloud to operate already existing applications.

eCommerce, finance, and even Fortune 500 companies are now using Azure cloud computing services. Its flexibility and compatibility with open-source technologies are its strengths.

Google Cloud

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The cloud computing platform known as Google Cloud was created by Google. It was first made available in 2008. It was written in Ruby, Python, C++, Java, and other languages. Additionally, it offers various IaaS, PaaS, and Serverless platforms services. Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Datastore, Google Cloud Storage, Google Big Query, and Google Cloud SQL are just a few of the platforms that make up Google Cloud.

Basically, as mentioned above, these services play similar roles for companies. Then, what are the differences?

What are the differences?

When starting to use cloud computing services, there are several things you should consider.

Regions

The availability and support areas of the cloud provider should be taken into account before making a decision. Issues like latency and regulatory constraints, especially when working with data, have a direct impact on how well your cloud performs.

As of September 2021, these are the regions of the Big 3:

AWS: 25 geographical regions and 81 availability zones. 12 regional edge caches and 218+ edge sites.
Microsoft Azure: 60+ regions, each of which has at least three availability zones and more than 116 edge locations (Points of Presence).
Google Cloud Platform: 146 edge sites spread across 27 cloud regions

Differences are shown in the table: AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud

Cloud computing service comparison table: AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud

AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud are all popular options for organizations. The table above shows the differences between them. Also, you can check more details of their services from here.

Price

The price of cloud computing services depends on many factors. How much you use the service, how much information you transfer via the server, etc.. are all considered when they decide on the price.

For example, speaking of the AWS case, these are factors considered when they determine the price(Application Load Balancer):

  • New connections: Number of newly established connections per second. Typically, many requests are sent per connection
  • Active connections: Number of active connections per minute.
  • Processed bytes: The number of bytes processed by the load balancer in GBs for HTTP(S) requests and responses.
  • Rule evaluations: The product of the number of rules processed by your load balancer and the request rate. The first 10 processed rules are free (Rule evaluations = Request rate * (Number of rules processed – 10 free rules).

Check this website to see how they calculate the price

Since there’s no fixed price and so many factors determine the price, we can’t say which platform is cheaper. It is better to check the price on their official website based on how you use cloud computing services.

Summary

Despite the fact that AWS currently dominates the industry in terms of capacity and service, Microsoft and Google are also expanding quickly to rival AWS. As you can see, they all have their own distinguishable characteristics. However, there is no definite answer to use, it all depends on what you want to achieve through cloud computing service.

We hope this blog gave you tips to choose which cloud computing service.

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