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Cloud Services Terminology Guide: AWS vs. Azure vs. GCP

Cloud Services Terminology Guide

The competition for leadership in cloud computing is fierce between three vendors: Amazon Web Services (AWS) vs. Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform (GCP). These three top cloud companies have a dominant position in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) markets. 

  Here is the summary cloud comparison between AWS vs. Azure vs. Google: 

AWS Vs. Azure Vs. Google: general pros and cons

Each leading provider has specific strengths and weaknesses that make them a good choice for various projects – there is no specific “one size fits all” solution for the cloud. 

AWS Advantages and Disadvantages

Amazon’s biggest strength is its dominance in the public cloud market. One reason for AWS’s popularity is undoubtedly the enormous scale of its operations. AWS has a vast and growing range of available services and the most extensive network of global data centers. The Gartner report sums it up: “AWS is the most mature, enterprise-ready provider with the deepest capabilities for managing large numbers of users and resources.” 

Amazon’s significant weaknesses relate to cost. While AWS regularly lowers its prices, many companies find it challenging to understand the enterprise cost structure and effectively manage those costs when a high volume of workloads runs on the service. 

In general, however, these drawbacks are more than outweighed by Amazon’s strengths, and businesses of all sizes continue to use AWS for a variety of workloads. 

Microsoft Azure pros and cons

Microsoft entered the cloud market later but has gotten a head start by essentially taking its on-premises software – Windows Server, Office, SQL Server, Sharepoint, Dynamics Active Directory, .Net, and others – and repurposing it for the cloud. 

A major reason for Azure’s success is that so many companies use Windows and other Microsoft software. Due to this, Azure is tightly integrated with these other applications; companies that use various Microsoft software find that it makes sense to use Azure. It strengthens the loyalty of existing Microsoft customers. If you are already using Microsoft enterprise, you can also expect significant discounts on service contracts. 

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Google Cloud Platform pros and cons

Google has a strong offering in containers, having developed the Kubernetes standard that AWS and Azure now offer. GCP specializes in compute-intensive offerings like Big Data, analytics, and machine learning. It also offers significant scale and load balancing – Google knows data centers and fast response times. 

On the other hand, Google is a distant third in market share, perhaps because it does not have a traditional relationship with enterprise customers. However, the company is rapidly expanding both its offerings and its presence in global data centers. 

Final thoughts

Whether you are just venturing into the public cloud landscape, looking to expand your cloud strategy, comparing cloud services can be worthwhile as it leads to cost reductions, better performance, and enhanced features. Those selecting services from multiple providers can create a customized multi-cloud environment that ensures their unique performance, security, and financial needs are met. 

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