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Can Google Compute Compete with AWS?

Posted on 7.02.2012

Google is rolling out a suite of infrastructure-as-a-service products that many expect might just be the strongest competitor yet to market leader Amazon Web Services.

Supporting its own services as well as over one million active applications, Google currently has one of the largest data centers in the world and more importantly the network to connect them.

The Google Compute Engine will provide Linux virtual machines and provide storage and connectivity. Initially, developers needing an infrastructure for large-scale computing will be able to execute batch processing jobs like video transcoding and rendering, analyze big data in the cloud using frameworks like Hadoop, and run high-performance and grid computing workloads using the Google Compute Engine.

In relation to pricing, Compute Engine is a bit cheaper (approximately 10-20%) and Compute Engine also offers slightly larger default instance types, but doesn't offer the high memory or high cpu instances that AWS does.

Based on what you know now, is it time for a switch from AWS to Google Compute?

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