Which cloud to choose for business? GCP, AWS

Before we start with a comparison of different clouds let us get a brief overview of what cloud is, why businesses are shifting to clouds, and more importantly, how is it better than the traditional way of doing business. So, stick with me on this, and let us start a discussion about cloud and different cloud platforms.

 

What is a Cloud –

 

Cloud is a technology, (It is neither the cloud that is in the sky nor the data that will drip out if rain comes.) So, the cloud is the term used for data centers. Data Centers are located in different locations of the world and create a connection with which it becomes easy for people to access the information across the world. These data centers are not managed by the users, but they are managed by a single authority. For example, if you are using an Amazon cloud, then all the data centers and their security along with maintenance will be managed by Amazon itself.

 

Cloud can be described as the servers that are accessible over the internet and the information can be fetched/uploaded to the database associated with the servers. And, the way companies and users the cloud is known as cloud computing.

 

How is Cloud Better than Traditional Data centers –

 

So, rather than going into pure theory, we will understand this with a real-life example. You being a business owner of a million-dollar company that manufactures chocolate is running your own data center.

 

That is you have a separate room for servers where there will be a bunch of hardware that supports your business online along with that you have continuous electricity flowing into the server. And, where there are servers, you must need coolers to keep the temperature maintained. As well as in terms of manpower, you need a few engineers for server management, security, and maintenance.

 

So overall, you are creating a separate division to run your business online. And, I think this is pretty good but a decade ago. With an increase in demand traditional way of creating a data center is becoming costly.

 

The reason is you may run out of electricity at some point, Your internet provider may break the connection, There are more users than expected on the website, or even worse your server catches fire or crashes. All of this can increase your expense, and time affecting your business revenue.

 

Fun fact: For every second your server goes down, your competitor gains your customers.

 

At the same time, if you are on the cloud with the same business model. You would be quite happy as you will not need extra space for setting up a server, making sure that continuous electricity flow in that section of the server. And no server means no requirement of coolers, or extra engineers to maintain, manage, or provide security. You will be able to reduce the Company Cost on the data center much more and create a profitable business.

 

Along with this, when you shift to the cloud, Management of cloud, security, and maintenance is done by the cloud service provider.

 

Below we will understand the cloud vs traditional on certain parameters.

Cloud

 Traditional Data Center

No upfront money is required to set up a cloud. You can choose a plan and pay for only what you use.

Requires upfront capital to buy the hardware to set up a datacenter.

Maintenance and security are provided by the cloud service provider.

Maintenance and security are provided by you.

A Single engineer can operate the cloud for a whole business.

Different engineers are required to maintain different sections of the data center. Example A server architect – to build the server. Security specialist – To provide security etc.

Scaling up and Down is easy

Scaling up and down is costly. Due to the purchase of hardware, scaling up is not easy and because the hardware is already purchased and not doing any work sitting idle, it has only cost money to the company.

Trying new things is easy

Experimenting is quite hard because of, purchasing new hardware for experimental purposes.

Easy to go global within minutes

Unlike the cloud, you will need to set up the data center in other countries also, to go global without too much latency or delay in sharing content.

 

GCP (Google cloud platform) or AWS (Amazon web services) –

 

Parameter

GCP

AWS

Money

Charges user based on per hour usage of a resource

Charges user based on per minute/second of a resource.

Storage

Provides 6 types of storage options including Cloud Filestore used for machine learning tasks.

Provides 7 types of storage options.

Containers

Kubernetes

Kubernetes and Dockers

Most Liked/Best Feature

Google Compute Engine

Amazon elastic compute cloud

Storage Type

Object Storage

Block Storage

Available regions

A total of 24 regions with 73 Zones.

A total of 26 regions with 84 zones.

 

Conclusion –

Depending on the type of business, it would be easy for you to determine which cloud platform best suits your requirement. And speaking of personal interest, I prefer AWS over GCP because I feel that AWS gives us more options as well as a chance to save money because of its pay-as-you-go service. Rest depends on you. And, I hope that you have understood the reasons to shift to the cloud as well as which cloud to choose based on your business demands. That’s it for this article.