Cloud Comparison Cheat Sheet: AWS vs. Google vs. Microsoft Azure

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:

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.

Download the full cloud cheat sheet.



  Instance Families Instance Types Predefined Custom Instance Types Regions New Regions (Announced for 2016) Availability Zones
AWS 7 54 N/A 12 5 32
Azure 7 52 N/A 22 5 N/A
Google 4 18 Yes 4 None 13

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
Google 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


VPC Yes Yes Route53 Yes
Azure Vnet Yes Yes Azure DNS Yes
Google Subnet Yes Yes CloudDNS Yes


  Pricing Models
AWS per hour, rounded up On demand, reserved, spot
Azure per minute, round up On demand, 12 month prepay
Google 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.

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