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Amazon S3

146 Ratings

Amazon S3

146 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 101

Google Compute Engine

77 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3

S3 is one of those few solutions that work for everyone at any range. From small startups to corporate giants, S3 has something to offer all businesses with its infinite scalability and absolutely brilliant pay structure. Coming from the personal experience of having experienced both the small and big company aspect, S3 is your best bet for any and all cloud storage needs.
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Google Compute Engine

We are a web software company and GCE has been great for hosting our web applications. We have a single-node and multi-node instances and GCE never misses a beat. We also have some Windows Server clients, so launching and testing our software in Windows is made possible by GCE. When comes to reliably hosting web infrastructure at scale, GCE is a fantastic choice.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.3
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.5
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.3
Elastic load balancing
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.2
Pre-configured templates
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.6
Monitoring tools
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
8.5
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.6
Operating system support
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.7
Security controls
Amazon S3
Google Compute Engine
9.3

Pros

  • One of the main attractions of S3 is the quality of it's basic services, including security, stored data integrity, and data availability from almost anywhere via almost any system. The snapshot service is one of the best services offered through a cloud, and has always been a required feature for any SAN device I potentially purchase.
  • S3 has a strong partnership with EMC, which has allowed S3 to offer a wide variety of services and features that would normally require the customer to purchase an EC device, which opens up high-level storage to smaller companies at an affordable rate.
  • S3 has a major lead over other cloud providers due to the S3 service, and the wide range of capabilities. Instead of being a simple "drive" it can natively operate as a web server, hosting a wide array of static content, which reduces server load and costs. This is a major advantage, especially for someone operating within the free tier, where every little bit of processing power is an important resource.
  • The final selling point of S3 for myself, was the ability to connect into a wide variety of services, both local Amazon services, such as CloudFront CDN, and remote non-Amazon services such as WordPress backup solutions, which ends up keeping all of my data across the organization at one easy to access, and secure location.
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  • GCE is an excellent tool for quick deployment of on demand servers.
  • GCE offers the ability to snapshot servers, create host clusters, and auto-scale based on demand.
  • GCE is the most cost effective virtual hosting environment we've used. They give up front pricing which is a major plus for us.
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Cons

  • Security configuration can be a little confusing and sometimes requires making completely new accounts.
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  • Web console is a bit slow
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Google Compute Engine9.0
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Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
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Usability

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Google Compute Engine9.0
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Interface design is good. Have the most up-to-date applications. Third party integration is available. Have the authority to modify it myself.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon S3 has far more features, capabilities, and geographic locations. The competitor is also not fully compliant with the requirements of some clients.
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Google App Engine is slower in comparison, and costs more than Google Compute Engine. We chose Google Compute Engine because Google App Engine was way too slow (mainly due to having to use Google Cloud Storage).
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Return on Investment

  • Regarding the websites, it has been a great ROI we have them all in one location which makes it easy to get too and fast in case of a failure and we need to quickly rebuild the site.
  • Using it for our BLOB's on our escrow side of the house the ROI is based on being able to have it in a secure location which is easy to get too and fast when the application needs to access it to build a file.
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  • We don't need to hire server admins or infrastructure engineers and instead our web engineers are more than capable of maintaining all of our services.
  • Fast-boot VMs and top-tier SLA mean that GCE keeps up with our fast release cycle.
  • We use instance templates to quickly launch dedicated services for our clients. They are often amazed at our less than a 24-hour turnaround.
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Google Compute Engine

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details