Cloud Vendors – AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Recently we have written a lot about the benefits of cloud solutions, their types, and features. Now we would like to introduce you to the most important vendors of these solutions. 

AWS

Amazon Web Services or AWS is a cloud platform that provides computing resources on demand. As the largest cloud provider, it has assumed the role of an industry leader when it comes to pricing, products, and other standard elements. AWS offers a broad set of global cloud-based products, including:

  • storage,
  • databases,
  • analytics,
  • networking,
  • developers’ tools,
  • security.

Customers can use AWS services to launch and run their own applications or use it as their infrastructure platform for developing and running applications. AWS provides customers with a high degree of control over the resources they use and the configuration of their accounts.

Additionally, services are designed to be easily integrated with each other, making it simple for customers to mix and match to build solutions that meet their specific needs. AWS also provides a variety of tools to help customers manage their resources and keep their environment secure.

When comparing AWS to its competitors, it offers a variety of advantages that have established it as the market leader. For example, AWS employs an adaptable pricing system that ensures low costs and helps to prevent paying for unneeded services.

AWS also has advantages when it comes to big data, with EBS facilitating incredibly fast storage in an area where other leading competitors like Azure have trouble. AWS also facilitates long-term data archiving and retrieval.

In general, AWS is a more enterprise-ready system that has developed greater depth and breadth through first-mover advantages. However, despite all of these advantages, the decision is not so clear-cut.

Azure

Microsoft Azure is the second-largest cloud provider in the world behind AWS. Many large businesses looking for a public cloud provider use Azure due to its strong reputation and security.

Its most popular service is hybrid IT, which provides cloud computing services through traditional in-house IT systems. Therefore, Azure is popular among large organizations because it allows them to implement effective cloud solutions with the infrastructure they have already established. Overall, the vendor has become a popular option for large companies looking to implement hybrid cloud computing. According to Microsoft, 95% of Fortune 500 companies trust their business on Azure.

Azure offers two of the three categories for cloud computing:

  • infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and
  • platform as a service (PaaS).

IaaS is the service that leases computing services. PaaS provides development tools and established infrastructure to help companies rapidly develop. Unlike IaaS, the full computing infrastructure is not provided. IaaS is useful to the large businesses that simply want to add to their on-site infrastructure. 

The advantages of Microsoft of Azure are limitless with the inexhaustive list of popular services they provide. However, Azure is most effective when an organization already uses Microsoft software like

  • Windows,
  • Office, and
  • SharePoint.

Companies that use Microsoft software can seamlessly implement Azure services because they are already familiar with the interfaces and structure. Azure can also be beneficial to government organizations because a variety of the vendor’s services have been authorized by FedRAMP, a federal agency that monitors the security of cloud products and services. 

While the vendor is highly trusted and effective, there are various instances when you or your company should not use Azure. For small to medium-sized businesses, Azure can be problematic because it is expensive and may not blend well with a small IT staff. 

Google Cloud

Google Cloud is another cloud provider comparable to AWS and Azure. It provides reliable and highly scalable Google cloud computing services to its users. These services help clients compute and store data and help developers build, test, and deploy apps.

Google Cloud includes cloud computing services and storage for backend, mobile, and web solutions using the internet. Google uses a basic file system in order to allow ease of access to their system and make it more simple on the backend, making it the foundation of all Google cloud computing services.

It handles requests for information through basic commands like write, read, and open.

There are many reasons why one should use Google Cloud.

  • For one, Google cloud computing services allow for higher productivity since updates to the cloud are constantly done, allowing for increased innovation and less time spent maintaining a system by human developers.
  • Additionally, Google cloud computing services allow for data to be stored in a cloud and accessed anywhere at any time, meaning that employees can work whenever and wherever they want and complete their tasks.
  • This opens up options for businesses to expand since they can expand their workforce without having to spend on infrastructure to give them a place to work.
  • This also allows for employees to collaborate together on projects, making it simpler for businesses to work in group settings on a task together.
  • Furthermore, users have full control over their data at all times. If a company decides that Google cloud is not the right option for them, they can get their data out of the cloud whenever they want.

There is one major drawback that comes with Google Cloud, and that is its reliance on requiring a high-speed internet connection for successful use. Google is betting on the assumption that most places in the world will have access to high-quality internet eventually, leading to widespread adoption of their comparatively cheaper cloud computing services.

However, this may not be the case, which means that Google could have a much smaller stake in the cloud computing market, which could lead to its failure due to many companies not having access to their cloud. However, for small and medium businesses, Google Cloud is an excellent solution for their cloud computing needs. Its ability to migrate data immediately allows these companies to improve flexibility and scalability on demand.


What is a cloud solution?

Cloud solutions are services that support businesses in increasing productivity, storing data, sharing resources, managing access to data.


Sources:

https://www.datamation.com/cloud/microsoft-azure-cloud/
https://www.projectpro.io/article/aws-vs-azure-who-is-the-big-winner-in-the-cloud-war/401#mcetoc_1fuo85qrsf
https://www.netsolutions.com/insights/what-is-google-cloud-its-advantages-and-why-you-should-adopt-it/

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