Posted on : 23 Nov, 2021, 07:42:09 AM

Benefits of Google Cloud Platform: How GCP Differs from AWS and Azure

Benefits of Google Cloud Platform: How GCP Differs from AWS and Azure


Amazon, Microsoft, and Google manage the public landscape of the cloud by providing flexible, safest, and reliable services of the cloud. Their respective cloud platforms are Azure, AWS, and GCP, which give customers a high range of storage, computing, and networking possibilities.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) sometimes seems like the 3rd wheel amongst the Biggest 3 public cloud providers. It has made a smaller splash in the public cloud computing space than its two biggest competitors, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, which dwarf GCP in cloud market share, and it was barely a contender for the JEDI contract.

Yet Google Cloud Platform is growing faster than Azure and AWS. It needs to have something working for it that these different cloud providers don’t. Let’s estimate out what that is by looking at five things that differentiate GCP from AWS and Azure and how tactics and strategy may shape the public cloud computing landscape going forward of GCP.

AWS, Azure, and GCP: Feature-wise Comparison

 

 

Features

AWS

Azure

GCP

 

Computer Services

  • AWS Beanstalk
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon EC2 Auto-Scaling
  • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service
  • Amazon Lightsail
  • Amazon Elastic Container Registry
  • VMware Cloud for AWS
  • AWS Serverless Application Repository
  • AWS Batch
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS Fargate
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • AWS Outposts
  • Function-as-a-service (FaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS)
  • Azure Batch
  • Service Fabric
  • Container Instances Batch
  • Cloud Services
  • Azure Container Service (AKS)
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Virtual Machines Compute Engine

 

  • Docker Container Registry
  • App Engine
  • Compute Engine
  • Instant Groups
  • Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
  • Knative
  • Functions
  • Kubernetes

AI/ML

  • SageMaker
  • Lex
  • Polly
  • Comprehend
  • Rekognition
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning AMIs
  • Transcribe
  • Translate
  • DeepLens
  • TensorFlow on AWS
  • Apache MXNet on AWS
  • Azure Bot Service
  • Machine Learning
  • Cognitive Services
  • Dialogflow Enterprise Edition
  • Cloud Machine Learning Engine
  • Cloud Speech API
  • Cloud Natural Language
  • Cloud Translation API
  • Cloud Job Discovery (Private Beta)
  • Cloud Video Intelligence

Storage Services

  • Elastic Block Storage (EBS)
  • Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Storage Gateway
  • Elastic File System (EFS)
  • Snowball Edge
  • Snowball
  • Snowmobile
  • Queue Storage
  • Blob Storage
  • File Storage
  • Data Lake Store
  • Disk Storage

 

  • Cloud Storage
  • Transfer Appliance
  • Persistent Disk
  • Transfer Service

Database Services

  • RDS
  • Aurora
  • ElastiCache
  • DynamoDB
  • Neptune
  • Redshift
  • Database Migration Service
  • Database for MySQL
  • SQL Database
  • Data Warehouse
  • Database for PostgreSQL
  • Cosmos DB
  • Table
  • Server Stretch Database
  • Storage
  • Data Factory
  • Redis Cache
  • Cloud SQL
  • Cloud Spanner
  • Cloud Bigtable
  • Cloud Datastore

Serverless computing

  • Serverless Application Repository      
  • Lambda
  • Functions
  • Google Cloud Functions

Backup Services

  • Glacier
  • Archive Storage
  • Site Recovery
  • Backup
  • Coldline (infrequently accessed data)
  • Nearline (frequently accessed data)

Caching

  • Elastic Cache 
  • Redis Cache           
  • Cloud CDN

Strengths

  • Extensive, mature offerings
  • Dominant market position
  • Global reach
  • Support for large organizations
  • Flexibility and a wider range of service
  • Integration with Microsoft tools and software
  • Second largest provider
  • Broad feature set
  • Support for open source
  • Hybrid cloud
  • Ideal for startups and developers
  • Designed for cloud-native businesses
  • Commitment to open source and portability
  • Flexible contracts
  • DevOps expertise
  • Complete container-based model
  • Most cost-efficient

File Storage

EFS

Azure Files

ZFS and Avere

Security

AWS Security Hub

Azure Security Center

Cloud Security Command Center

Networking

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Azure Virtual Network (VNET)

Cloud Virtual Network

Location

77 availability zones within 24 geographic regions

Presence in 60+ regions across the world

Presence in 24 regions and 73 zones. Available in 200+ countries and territories

DNS Services

Amazon Route 53

Azure Traffic Manager

Cloud DNS

Documentation

Best in class

High quality

High quality

Notifications

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)

Azure Notification Hub

None

Load Balancing

Elastic Load Balancing

Load Balancing for Azure

Cloud Load Balancing

Compliance

AWS CloudHSM

Azure Trust Center

Google Cloud Platform Security

Automation

AWS Opsworks

Azure Automation

Compute Engine Management

Several differentiators help in explaining the growing market share of GCP relative to Azure and AWS. Some reflect actual mechanical differences between Google Cloud Platform and their competitors. Others are rooted in observed differences that may not be prostrated in actuality, but the distinction doesn’t always matter for companies vying to compare public cloud providers in an extremely complex landscape.

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