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Comparison of Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services

There are two major cloud platforms in the market: Google Cloud Platform & Amazon Web Services. Let’s compare them on the following points.

Comparison of Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services

Cloud Computing is the most popular coined word, if someone is discussing about IT Infrastructure in the twenty first century. Now, if someone is seriously evaluating Cloud, how to adjudicate which service is best suitable for them? There are two major cloud platforms in the market: Google Cloud Platform & Amazon Web Services. Let’s compare them on the following points:

Market Share

According to Gartner, Inc. Infrastructure as a service Market has grown at 31.3% in 2018 to total $32.4 billion, which is up by $24.7 billion of 2017,. Amazon stood first, whereas Google was 4th in the list.


Amazon has estimated $15.5 billion of revenue in 2018, up 27% from 2017 whereas Google has estimated $1.3 billion of revenue in 2018, up by 60.2% from 2017.


Top five providers are expected to grow at a high rate in the coming time as well.


Table 1.


Worldwide IaaS Public Cloud Services Market Share, 2017-2018

Cloud Providers

2017 Market Share (%)

2018 Market Share (%)

Amazon

49.4

47.8

Microsoft

12.7

15.5

Alibaba

5.3

7.7

Google

3.3

4

IBM

1.9

1.8

Others

27.4

23.2


Source: Gartner (July 2019



Table 2.


Worldwide IaaS Public Cloud Services’ Revenue, 2017-2018 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)


Cloud Providers

2017 Revenue

2018 Revenue

Amazon

12,221

15,495

Microsoft

3,130

5,038

Alibaba

1,298

2,499

Google

820

1,314

IBM

463

577

Others

6,768

7,519

Total

24,699

32,441


Source: Gartner (July 2019




Table 3.


Worldwide IaaS Public Cloud Services Revenue Growth, 2017-2018 (%)


Cloud Providers

2018-2017 Growth (%)

Amazon

26.8

Microsoft

60.9

Alibaba

92.6

Google

60.2

IBM

24.7

Others

11.1

Total

31.3


Source: Gartner (July 2019



Predictions and Facts


Gartner, Inc. Forecasts Cloud Revenue to Grow by 17% to a total $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019 in 2020, among which IaaS is expected have maximum share. SaaS is expected to hold the largest market segment. SaaS is forecasted to grow to $116 billion due to its scalable nature. 


IaaS, is expected to be the second-largest market with a growth rate of 24% to achieve $50 billion in 2020. which is the highest across all market segments.


Table 4. 


Worldwide Public Cloud Service Revenue Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars)

Cloud Services

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Business Process Services (BPaaS)

41.7

43.7

46.9

50.2

53.8

Infrastructure Services (PaaS)

26.4

32.2

39.7

48.3

58.0

Application Services (SaaS)

85.7

99.5

116.0

133.0

151.1

Management and Security Services

10.5

12.0

13.8

15.7

17.6

System Infrastructure Services (IaaS)

32.4

40.3

50.0

61.3

74.1

Total Market

196.7

227.8

266.4

308.5

354.6


Source: Gartner (November 2019



Customization

GCP provides a wider range of customization for the Infrastructure & flexibility as far as the pricing is concerned.


Service Availability

AWS has its service available in 18 Regions, with more than 3 zones per Region, whereas  GCP has that in 15 Regions, with more than 2 zones per Region.

Big Data Analytics

Both GCP & AWS provide similar services for Data Analysis, Data Processing, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence. Google has an edge over Amazon because of its newer technology. Some of the open source technologies supported by GCP such as Kubernetes, Go and TensorFlow as well as Pre-trained APIs, make the platform more viable for Google.

Service Exploration

Amazon offers different credit values for its different products but Google provides a fixed credit amount of 300USD for all of its services.



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