Top 5 Key Differences Between GCP & AWS

Differences Between GCP & AWS

Before exploring the differences between Google Cloud and AWS, it’s essential to have an overview of cloud computing. Simply put, cloud computing refers to providing computing services (such as servers, storage space, databases, networking software, analytics intelligence etc) over the internet.

Key Difference Between GCP & AWS

Key Difference Between GCP & AWS

AWS is a great solution for businesses that require more control of their data, while at the same time wanting to leverage services from various providers. Both GCP and AWS offer features for computing services. However, AWS stands out as being more powerful due to providing raw compute power than GCP, which primarily manages services. Developers requiring greater control over their computing environment should opt for AWS over GCP.

Pricing and Billing

The pricing models on both platforms offer similar services; however, the differences in their respective models can be stark.

Pricing The pay-as-you-go pricing model offered by Google Cloud makes the services it provides more cost effective for businesses with unpredictable or fluctuating computing needs, and also includes discounts such as sustained usage discounts and committed use discounts that can significantly lower costs.

AWS Pricing Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides three pricing models pay-as-you-go, reserved instances and spot instances similar; however their reserved instances model requires an upfront payment that could quickly add up if transferring large volumes of data. 

Lastly, AWS charges an outbound data transfer fee which can quickly add up depending on its volume of transference.

Platform Capabilities 

Google Cloud is built upon Google’s global infrastructure, including a vast network of data centers and edge locations. This infrastructure gives Google Cloud some unique capabilities such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Google Cloud offers several AI and machine learning tools such as Cloud AI Platform and TensorFlow that enable businesses to develop intelligent applications more easily.
  • Big data and analytics: Google Cloud offers tools for storing, managing and analyzing large data sets such as BigQuery and Cloud Dataflow. Kubernetes: Kubernetes is well known among Google’s cloud offerings due to its strong support. 
  • AWS Capabilities: AWS provides an expansive suite of services, such as:
  • Database Services: Amazon Web Services offers various database services, such as Amazon RDS, DynamoDB and Redshift. AWS also provides various developer tools including AWS CodeDeploy, CodeCommit and CodePipeline that make development simpler and quicker.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Amazon Web Services offers several IoT services, such as AWS IoT Core, Device Management and Analytics.

Security and Compliance

Security in cloud computing is of utmost importance. Both Google Cloud and AWS offer robust protection measures, though some differences exist between their offerings. When it comes to protection, has an exceptional track record. It features numerous security measures like:

  • Encryption: Google Cloud offers various forms of encryption options, including server-side, client-side, and key management. Access control: Businesses using Google Cloud can manage access to their resources with IAM policies (Identity and Access Management).
  • Google Cloud meets numerous industry standards, such as ISO 27001, SOC 2, and HIPAA. AWS Security
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) also provides robust security measures including:
  • Encryption: Amazon Web Services provides businesses with various encryption solutions, such as server-side, client-side and key management encryption options.
  • Access Control: With AWS IAM policies businesses can control access to their resources.
  • Compliance: Amazon Web Services (AWS) meets numerous industry standards, such as ISO 27001, SOC 2, and HIPAA.

Customer Support Customer 

support should also be considered when making comparisons between Google Cloud and AWS. Google Cloud offers several support options, such as:

  • Google Cloud offers free support to all customers, which includes access to online documentation, community assistance and support forums.
  • Paid Support: Google Cloud offers several paid support options that provide direct access to technical support, 24/7 phone support, and faster response times. AWS Support
  • Amazon Web Services also offers several support options, including:
  • Basic Support: Amazon Web Services offers basic support to all customers, providing access to online documentation, community support and support forums. 
  • Developer Support: Additionally, AWS provides developer support including access to technical support during business hours.
  • Business and Enterprise Support: Amazon Web Services provides business and enterprise support that includes 24/7 technical assistance, faster response times, and dedicated support engineers. 5. Ease of Use


When comparing Google Cloud with AWS, ease of use is another crucial consideration.

Google Cloud is widely recognized for its user-friendly, intuitive interface. The platform offers several tools for resource management, such as the Cloud Console and Shell; additionally, its integration with G Suite and Analytics services makes an unrivaled offering.

Ease of Use Amazon Web Services (AWS) presents more of a learning curve and can be more difficult for novice users, making its use challenging at first. But AWS provides several tools for resource management – the AWS Management Console and Command Line Interface being among them – and integrates well with Amazon services like S3 and EC2, giving the service more options when connecting to other Amazon services like these.

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