AWS vs Azure vs Gcloud


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AWS vs Azure vs Gcloud

So many choices, so little time. Is that not the truth. If you know anything about the cloud, there is a good chance you have heard of these 3 giants. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Shortly known as AWS, Azure, and Gcloud respectively. And in this blog, we get in-depth into the various solutions and what it does for you. When should you use it and how to best utilize it for your business. Everyone is on it this day, Netflix, Snapchat, Instagram and what have you. It takes so much time to buy servers, have them configured and installed. Testing and running them. Loading in the application and testing some more. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Today, there is not that much that separates these three platforms from each other. They are arguably the leaders in the market and are fairly powerful in their own right. But the clear leader here in our view is Amazon Web Services, which is younger than Azure and giving Microsoft a run for their money.

Going soon are the days when you had to pay for a server and have them installed in your office. The need to set a room aside as an official server room, installing the correct temperature regulator for this room to house a few racks mounted with servers and wires and switchers. All because you need somewhere to host either your ERP application or website or virtual machines etc. A fully functioning server room not only costs money to install but keeps on sucking money in terms of maintenance and electricity. For a small to medium-sized business, this is rarely a good option. In fact, many large companies are beginning to see the benefit of having a cloud-based platform to host their resources, allowing them to scale up and down as need be. Being able to pull analytics and figures from them and properly manage the resources and finance from there.

AWS

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AWS vs Azure vs Gcloud


Let us first address what separates one platform from the rest. So we begin with AWS. In our opinion, S3 is one of the best cloud storage solutions in the market. S3 or Simple Storage Service is the oldest application provided by Amazon and can be argued to be the reason where it is today. For such a competitive price, you can store a large amount of data with 99.99999999% reliability. Understand how truly powerful this application is, this is what's powering dropbox. Yes, the dropbox that you use and love is no more than a very nicely packaged S3 storage application. You can even host a static page website from this storage platform. Many online video platforms like Ooyala use S3 to store their transcoded files and pull the videos that you push up to your S3 storage to convert the files for streaming. And many streaming services load their videos stored in S3. How amazing is that? We have even used S3 as a place daily backup important documents for our clients and have it automated. Imagine that? No more worrying about what would happen to your precious documents, most NAS devices and storage servers have the application to back up the files in S3 as often as you like. So how do they charge? They barely charge anything for storage, it is when your data is being pulled and pushed out is when the cost is incurred. And this can easily be calculated via their online calculator which is freely available for use.

AZURE

Now let us move on to Azure. Microsoft Azure is the big daddy of all the cloud platform and has been around since it was ever possible to do so. They have more than twice the amount of regions as the next competitor AWS. So what is a region? Regions have availability zones within them but we are not here to talk about there. Think or regions as coverage. A region can be a city or a small country. What regions house is data centers within multiple locations normally categorized as availability zones. Let's say South East Asia is a region, it may have two or three availability zones within this region. But these regions could be separated by South East Asia region 1 and South East Asia region 2 for example. But what we are trying to say is, these regions are everywhere and Azure has the most out of any of them. This means that coverage is great and is almost not an issue for them. Azure is nonetheless the most expensive of the three and for good reason. It is a strong platform and is known for an unparalleled level of reliability and performance. So if you do have the cash to spare and the money to hire experts familiar with Azure, there is very little reason to convince you otherwise. Azure is more commonly used in conjunction with local servers in companies, large companies that is. Let's say you work for a large company and need access to your own virtual machine anywhere and everywhere you go. You could have your virtual machine housed on Azure and simply use your laptop or any laptop to gain access to your system. Very nifty.

Gcloud


Not the least of the three is google cloud platform. Google has always prided itself on not only treating its staff with respect but its users too. They are not all about profit and we think this model will bring them to the number one spot in no time at all. So why should you really consider G Cloud. 2 things, security and the environment. Google has the best security standard bar none out there. And what they provide as part of the google cloud package is the same set level of security it uses for its search engine, google drive and google mail. As opposed to Amazon and Microsoft, Google is dealing with thousands of attempts to hijack and manipulate their resources. And through trial and error, they have made sure to keep almost every attack at bay and recover from them at record speed. I am sure Azure knows what is doing and so does Amazon, but they do not go through what Google has to go through on a daily basis. On top of indexing and crawling the web, they have to ensure no one is able to go into their system and manipulate their search algorithm or learn from it. Now that is a daunting task considering you have to open up your system for all to see and navigate the google search engine. And from an environmental perspective, google take their motto of 'don't be evil' seriously. Their server farms are known to consume less than half the energy as others. They are constantly trying to find ways to consume in a sustainable way, they are not about the profit but about what is good for the planet and for people. That is a good enough reason for anyone to get behind them no?

SCALABILITY

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AWS vs Azure vs Gcloud

You have a website or application. And you are just starting out. You must prepare to scale and cloud platforms such as these do just that. Your product is a good product and more and more users are signing on and using it. You have mobile applications running that need more and more resources to process requests. And if you are stuck with a server in your office that is not able to keep up with these requests, your application will crash. Cloud platforms have measures in place that can automatically scale your resources based on usage. Say you have a special event or promotion or your application has gone viral. Going from a thousand users to a million is dangerous because you might actually lose customers if they cannot use your application. And yes many think they will nev