Monday, December 15, 2014

THE Cloud Question: Amazon or Google?

Amazon or Google is The Cloud Question:

Amazon's New Cloud Prices Show That Google Is Now a Threat | WIRED: "... Google introduced a product called Sustained Use Discounts, and this made things much simpler. If you used a lot of computing resources, you’d get a discount: no upfront fees. That’s the model that Amazon took a step toward this week... There are still differences. Amazon had previously demanded upfront payments from customers who wanted to take advantage of its reserved instances pricing. And while those payments are no longer required, customers still have to commit to using Amazon’s services for a year or more. That’s not the case with Google... late last year that Google really delivered a competitive offering, called Compute Engine. And now the company is fast catching up. In late March Google started a price war with Amazon, slashing its cloud computing prices, across the board, by 30 percent. That kind of price slashing is likely to continue, says Michael Crandell, the CEO of RightScale, a cloud management company. “There’s clearly a case of point-counterpoint going on, and it is a competitive market.” Byrne says that while Google doesn’t offer the wide range of products, it beats out Amazon in many respects. Google’s compute speed and network “is faster than Amazon’s,” he says. “They’re probably the only people where you can say that their infrastructure is really world-leading.” (read more at the link above)

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