When it comes to selecting a cloud vendor, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your organization’s unique requirements. The “Big Three” vendors – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft’s Azure – regularly add new features and change their pricing structures.
In fact, it’s only the beginning of 2016 and the pricing wars have already started. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen new reductions and repositioning from each of these vendors. Here’s a quick summary of the recent news in case you missed any of it:
- Amazon announced scheduled AWS reserve instances at prices up to 10% lower than usual their rates. This follows a post-New Year announcement of their 51st price reduction affecting EC2 (C4, M4, and R3 Instances).
- Quickly on the heels of that announcement, Microsoft debuted a price cut of up to 17% for Azure’s Dv2 compute instances.
- Not to be left out of the conversation, Google released a comparison showing that they are anywhere from 15-41% less expensive that AWS compute resources.
It’s understandable that you may have a hard time keeping up with all the complexities that will affect your cloud decision-making. That’s why we’ve prepared this Cloud Comparison Cheat Sheet to provide an overview of the differences among these vendors for services like compute, storage and database, networking, and pricing.
|Instance Families||Instance Types Predefined||Custom Instance Types||Regions||New Regions (Announced for 2016)||Availability Zones|
Storage and Database
|Ephemeral (Temporary)||Storage||Object Storage||Relational Database||Archiving||NoSQL and Big Data|
|AWS||Yes||EBS-Magnetic Volumes, PIOPs SSD, GP-SSD||S3||RDS||Glacier||DynamoDB, EMR, Kinesis, Redshift, Machine Learning, S3, ElasticSearch|
|Azure||Yes||Standard, Premium||Blob Storage||AzureSQL Database||Azure Backup||Azure Data Factory, Azure DocumentDB, Azure HDInsight, Azure Stream Analytic|
|Yes||HDD, SSD||Google Cloud-Standard, DRA||Google CloudSQL||Nearline||BigTable, DataStore, BigQuery, DataProc, DataFlow, DataLab, PUB/SUB|
|Virtual Network||Public IP||Hybrid Cloud||DNS||Firewall/ACL|
|AWS||per hour, rounded up||On demand, reserved, spot|
|Azure||per minute, round up||On demand, 12 month prepay|
|per minute, rounded up, min 10 min||Ondemand, preemptive (spot), sustained use|
Your Next Steps
After reviewing the cloud comparison cheat sheet, you may still have questions about which provider is the right fit for you. That’s where we come in. Sign up with Cloudamize and we’ll generate a report that shows you how your current application workloads will perform in AWS vs. Google vs. Azure. We’ll also help you generate a precise TCO for migrating and managing your infrastructure in the cloud with each of these vendors. After all, your cloud is not an experiment – we’ll help you eliminate the guesswork.