{{announcement.body}}
{{announcement.title}}

AWS vs Azure vs Google: What's the Best Cloud Platform for Enterprise?

DZone 's Guide to

AWS vs Azure vs Google: What's the Best Cloud Platform for Enterprise?

Let’s go and compare cloud computing platforms to find out what each provider offers in pricing, storage, and computing capabilities

· Cloud Zone ·
Free Resource

Nowadays, more and more businesses are moving from a self-organized structure to cloud-based public cloud storage. Clouds give a lot of benefits to enterprises. That’s why enterprises prefer to switch to a more innovative approach and keep their focus on doing business, not maintaining a database. 

According to Cloud Vision’s 2020 survey, it is expected that 80% of companies will move from traditional data centers by 2025. 

The ‘cloud’ leaders that with the biggest cloud market share are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). 

No doubts, all cloud platforms have their unique features, pricing, advantages to take. Anyway, a moment of choice for enterprises comes. 

Let’s go and compare cloud computing platforms to find out what each provider offers in pricing, storage, and computing capabilities and decide which one would be the most advantageous in your case.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services provider is considered to be the most confident public cloud service vendor on the market as it exists for 14 years! So no doubts that AWS has the biggest client database from individuals to big enterprises and government bodies. 

Of course, trust in AWS lies not only in a vast experience but in the quality of the services they provide. According to data from the result report, sales of AWS increased by 20% to $280.5 billion in comparison to $232.9 billion in 2018.

 Among the services (over 18 thousand), you can find the all-packed set of needed features for an enterprise: AWA service catalog, Amazon Time Sync Service,  AWS PrivateLink, Elastic Fabric Adapter, enhanced networking, High-Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, Elastic IP Addresses. 

The good news here is that Amazon Web Services offers free tiers for enterprises. So that’s a pretty good option to test first if you’re unfamiliar with the AWS services. 

Moreover, the long-term contracts and complex licensing are not required to start using AWS, which means you pay only for the services you use and for how long you’re using them.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a quite strong competitor to AWS which offers the following features: 

  • Data resiliency
  • Security
  • BCDR integration
  • Capacity planning
  • Single-pane operability

The uniqueness of Azure is its hybrid-cloud approach, which means it provides interoperability to its customers. For example, Azure is fully adaptive compatible with  Linux and VMware that gives it an advantage ahead of AWS.

Azure provides one of the fastest and scalable cloud solutions on the market. That’s possible to process nodes in a second and run scalable batch computing simultaneously. So if your enterprise requires complex operations of a large scale and you want to be sure that your cloud will handle it, then Azure is a good option to consider.

As for prices, they can be different and will depend on the type of services you want to use. The cost of a server can vary from $0.099 to $0.149 per hour.

Google Cloud Platform

Although Google Cloud Platform is the youngest among the two above mentioned, it’s striving to provide more innovative solutions to clouds. 

The capabilities to handle data science, predictive analytics, containerization, machine learning is what differs GCP from others and makes it a worthy cloud player.

GCP is an open-source technology that is very important for the IT market.

For example, in Google Cloud Platform, there is no need for dealing with the server for building applications. A cloud computing structure allows creating applications in an agile approach. 

On the other hand, the range of services offered by GCP is not so wide as in competitors’ but anyway, all the must-have package for enterprise running is available. In contrast, it provides a high level of security with data encryption, multiple layers of authentication, and third-party validations. Google Cloud Platform is a good option for enterprises that are searching for the guaranteed buffer of security.

The Google Cloud Platform’s pricing system is lower compared to the pricing of Azure or AWS. After 1-month usage of GCP, the users are granted different discounts. That is a considerable advantage while choosing a cloud vendor for long-term cooperation.

You can find the prices for the AWS services and calculate an approximate cost for a particular service with the AWS calculator, Microsoft calculator, and Google calculator

We also recommend checking out a more in-depth cloud platform comparison between AWS, Azure, and Google in pricing systems, compute services, cloud storage, and cloud tools.

Conclusion

Each enterprise offers its product or services and does it in its own way. So the choice of a cloud services platform should be made upon your business development needs and what vendor can cover them. Thus, a deep analysis is needed to find out what cloud features are the most important for your enterprise before starting cooperation.

We’ve shared the pros and cons you will be experiencing with the three biggest cloud market shareowners, and now, it’s your turn to choose.

If it’s hard for you to decide which one would be the best match for you, you can always use several cloud vendors for different parts of their operations.

Topics:
aws, azure, cloud, google

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}