Google Cloud and AWS have dominated the cloud computing space since IaaS solutions began to gain traction in 2008. These cloud giants are household names in the tech world. Both companies have dominated their respective businesses for more than a decade. They are well-known for being world-class companies that are meticulous in their pursuit of innovation and quality. Each has a plethora of tech industry knowledge that is nearly impossible to match.
AWS now offers over 200 products and services in a variety of sectors, including computation (“hosting”), storage, networking, and much more.
Although Google Cloud may not offer as much variety as Amazon Web Services, it does offer over 100 different products and services that cover many of the same categories.
A common question that a lot of people have about AWS vs Google Cloud is which service is more popular.
When it comes to cloud services, AWS is the undisputed leader.
According to Canalys’ Q4 2021 global cloud infrastructure report, AWS accounts for approximately 31% of all revenue in the global cloud infrastructure industry[1,] making it by far the most popular alternative on the market.
Google Cloud isn’t quite as popular. Google Cloud accounted for only 7% of cloud revenues in Q4 2020, trailing AWS’s 31% share and placing it third overall. If you’re curious, Microsoft Azure is ranked second with a share of 20%. By the way, if you’re curious about how AWS compares to Azure, we have a whole resource dedicated to that.
Having said that, this figure is up from Google Cloud’s 2019 figures, when the company held only 6% of the market, indicating that things are improving.
As we’ve mentioned above, at the time that we’re writing this post, AWS offers over 200+ different products/services, while Google Cloud offers ~100:
That’s far too many services to compare in detail, so we’re certainly not going to talk about every feature. But we will cover the most relevant aspects for someone interested in creating a website.
Here’s how we’ll break this down:
Next, let’s take a look at Google Cloud vs AWS pricing for two key areas – compute and storage.
First, we’ll talk about compute pricing, starting with Google Cloud Compute Engine vs AWS EC2. If you want to host a website, this is what you’ll be paying.
As we mentioned earlier, Google’s Compute Engine is generally a bit cheaper than the equivalent resources from EC2.
For example, let’s look at a medium plan from each – e2-medium for Compute Engine and t4g.medium for EC2. Both plans offer:
Let’s look at another instance with:
The exact difference will depend on the specific plan that you choose. But, in general, you’ll notice that Compute Engine is normally more or less 15% cheaper than EC2.
Pricing is simpler on Amazon Lightsail (the VPS offering). It starts at just $3.50 per month for:
Google Cloud doesn’t offer a comparable service, so there’s no price comparison here.
As we mentioned above, Google Cloud Storage is generally a bit cheaper than Amazon’s S3 service.
There are three main variables that affect your price:
Let’s take a look at the Google Cloud and AWS interfaces to wrap things off. This is probably not a big deal, but it will give you an idea of what it’s like to work at each service’s console.
But first, a quick summary…
In terms of interfaces, most people will probably prefer Google Cloud for two reasons:
Overall, there are far too many variables to declare a single definitive winner when it comes to Google Cloud vs AWS.
We can draw some general conclusions, though: