Cloud Storage Cost Comparison: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google
Today, we’ll take a brief look at cloud storage cost comparison from the three major cloud service providers. When it comes to finding a solution for your cloud computing needs, it is fair to say that for every business the solutions are based on a case-by-case scenarios — and given the breadth of cloud storage options available, it is certainly true in this case. A few things we’ll briefly touch points on are pricing models, discounts and steps you can take to avoid wasted cloud spend.
The leading cloud service providers have certain fortes and weaknesses that ultimately differentiate each one of them to be the potential solution to support your development infrastructure, operations, and applications. Cloud service providers offer many different cloud pricing points depending on your compute, storage, database, analytics, application and deployment requirements. Additionally, you’d want to consider available services and networks provided to see the full scope of their resource capabilities and governance.
Prices can be subject to the type of hosting option you choose. One example is Relational Database Services (RDS). RDS pricing changes according to which database management system you use, and there are many more services like this to choose from.
More detail, beyond just storage, available in our full cloud pricing comparison.
AWS and Google Stand Out
Although not always the case, AWS is presumed to be the least expensive option available and remains the leader in the cloud computing market. But, Microsoft Azure and Google (GCP) are not far behind, and in recent years they have commanded innovation and market pricing reductions, thus closing gaps to bring them closer to AWS. That been said, being the first in the market gives AWS a great advantage over the competition as they command a large scale of businesses and are able to offer lower prices than the competition. They are well known for attracting more businesses, and in turn, they invest their money back into the cloud by adding more servers to their data centers. Google is closing the gap on AWS as they were the first to cut prices in their pricing model to match AWS’.
Storage Services Overview
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular storage options offered by each of the major three providers.
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is the most durable, highly performant and secure cloud storage service. It manages accounts at every level, scales on-demand and offers insights with built-in analytics.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) provides block level storage volumes for use with EC2 instances. EBS delivers low-latency and consistent performance scaled to the needs of your application.
Amazon Glacier provides data archiving and long-term back up at a low-cost. It allows you to query data in place and retrieve only the subset of data you need from within an archive.
More about AWS options: https://aws.amazon.com/products/storage/
Google Cloud Storage
Google Cloud Storage offers a single API for all storage classes, simplifying development integration and reducing code complexity. Its highly scalable and performant with unlimited object storage.
Google Filestore is a high-performance file storage for applications that require a filesystem interface and a shared filesystem for data.
Google Persistent Disk is a reliable high-performance block storage for virtual machine instances.
Explore Google storage options: https://cloud.google.com/products/storage/
Azure Archive Storage offers a low-cost, durable, and highly available secure cloud storage for rarely accessed data with flexible latency requirements.
Azure Blob Storage is a massively scalable object storage for unstructured data.
Azure Files is a simple, secure and fully managed cloud file sharing storage.
Check this out as well on Azure options: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/architecture/aws-professional/services
Sample Pricing Comparison
Eliminate Cloud Overspend and Save Money
Comparing cloud storage costs and getting the right solution for your storage use case is important, but don’t forget once you deploy you need to ensure you optimize your solution and cost. It’s important that your organization fully understands how much can be wasted on cloud spend. Over-provisioned, underutilized and idle cloud resources run your cloud bill up and create waste. Always ensure that you are optimizing costs and governing usage by eliminating wasted cloud spend — get started today.
Originally published at www.parkmycloud.com on April 11, 2019.