There are countless factors to consider when vetting cloud providers. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be helpful to take a step back and look at each provider’s overall strategy and strengths. Do they align with yours?
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and Google Cloud each stand out from the pack in different areas. Let’s compare their biggest strengths and weaknesses.
Amazon AWS Pros and Cons
Most mature, enterprise-ready providerRequires advanced technical expertise to implementBroad collection of services and partner ecosystemLacks strong hybrid cloud supportRecommended for all use cases that run well in a virtualized environmentExtensive catalog of offerings can be overwhelming to navigateAmazon Web Services (AWS)offers the most robust features and services, partner ecosystem and global footprint. It ranks highly across security, reliability, monitoring and policy features and platform configuration options. AWS is constantly adding new services and enhancing existing ones with new capabilities.
However, if a hybrid cloud strategy is important to your business, AWS may fall short compared to Azure.
Another caution with AWS is its scale. Smaller companies may find it difficult to navigate the extensive portfolio of services, and some see AWS as being a complex provider to manage.
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Microsoft Azure PROS AND CONS
Seamless integrations with other Microsoft products and servicesPoor support for large-scale implementationsImproved support for Linux and open-source application stacksAdvanced technical expertise is required to implement Azure in a reliable, secure wayIdeal for hybrid cloudHistorical issues with infrastructure reliabilityRecommended for all use cases that run well in a virtualized environmentIf you already run a Microsoft-centric environment, Azure can be a natural fit. Azure integrates seamlessly with key on-premises systems like Windows Server, Active Directory and System Center. Microsoft also excels in its PaaS and hybrid cloud capabilities.
One disadvantage of Azure is the level of technical expertise required to configure and maintain it in an efficient, reliable and secure way. Azure configurations are known for being difficult and frustrating to implement.
Azure has also faced a series of outages over the years, causing reliability issues for virtual networks. Microsoft is constantly investing in reducing disruptive maintenance and improving its reliability.
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Google CloudPROS AND CONS
Great reputation in the open-source communityRigid in contract negotiationsDeep investments in analytics and machine learningSmall partner ecosystemRecommended for big data and analytics applications, ML projects and cloud-native applicationsLimited range of services for larger companiesGoogle Cloud has established itself as a viable alternative to AWS and Azure with its reliable IaaS and PaaS capabilities and its deep investments in machine learning.
Google has a good track record with cloud-native startups and the open source community, but it has struggled to break into the enterprise market.
Google Cloud’s network of MSP and professional services partners is also limited. This small partner ecosystem amplifies the challenges and risks involved with adopting Google Cloud Platform.
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