Google, AWS and Azure are currently the three largest cloud service providers, comprising the overwhelming majority of market share. Since it is difficult – and often complex – to choose a cloud service provider, we’ll aim to simplify matters in this article. Cloud service costs vary greatly and are largely tied to the specific applications and business models involved, so comparing them is a thankless task. For this reason, we’ll break down the comparison to a few key elements, namely pricing models, discounts and ways of avoiding unnecessary cloud costs.
Each cloud provider has certain strong points, setting them apart as the solution of choice for specific applications. Factors to consider when choosing your cloud service provider include your own development infrastructure, operation and applications. Pricing is usually based on requirements for computing, storage, database, analytics and deployment. Added to this, pricing is also influenced by the hosting option you use along with the database management system employed.
In most cases, AWS is the most cost effective of the leading cloud computing service providers, making it the current market leader. Being the market leader creates the opportunity to offer even more competitive pricing structures, since AWS is able to deploy these on a very large scale, adding additional servers to their data centres. This investment pays dividends, since they are able to offer and even greater cloud computing infrastructure.
In order to close the gap, Microsoft Azure and Google have gone to great lengths with innovation and price reductions.
The three major service providers mentioned above, offer a host of storage options. Here is an overview of the most popular of these. We’ve listed them in alphabetical order for ease of reference.
With EBS (Elastic Block Store) you get consistent, low-latency performance exactly scaled to your specific application needs. You can use this with your EC2 instances as block level storage volumes.
This is an innovative archiving tool. This long-term, low cost backup system allows you to search for and extract specific data subsets, directly on the server.
S3 is short for Simple Storage Service. Here, you are able to manage accounts on all levels, scale on-demand and use built-in analytics to gain insights in your usage and other factors. S3 is a secure, durable and high-performance product.
If you need low-cost, durable storage for rarely accessed data, this highly available secure cloud storage is for you. It has the added benefit of flexible latency requirements.
This is aimed specifically at unstructured data and consists of massively scalable object storage.
This is a simple shared file storage solution that is secure and fully managed.
This high performance application is specifically aimed at users requiring a filesystem interface for a shared filesystem for their data.
This innovative product simplifies development integration by using a single API for all storage classes. Here, code complexity is reduced, creating a highly scalable product with unlimited object range.
This high-performance block storage system is highly reliable and aimed at virtual machine instances.
These pricing structures are sourced from the respective websites and may be subject to change.
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