IaaS platforms can offer a lot of benefits that help companies succeed. Currently, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure stand out as the three most popular IaaS platforms. Before you decide which option fits your company’s needs best, you should learn about the pros and cons of each platform.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services is the most popular IaaS platform. In fact, 37.1 percent of companies that use IaaS platforms choose Amazon Web Services. To put that number in context, 16.5 percent use Google Cloud Platform and 28.4 percent use Microsoft Azure. Amazon launched its cloud service platform in 2004, which helps explain why it’s so popular.
Many companies like Amazon Web Services because it offers scalable computing on demand. If your business suddenly needs to expand its operations, Amazon can help you reach that goal quickly without any disruptions.
The only problem with choosing Amazon Web Services is that the company charges some of the highest prices in the industry. The extra expense may not matter if you need the stability and scalability of Amazon’s services. If you’re operating on a tight budget, though, you may want to explore other options that don’t cost as much.
Google Cloud Platform
Google’s experience with analyzing data gives it the upper hand for companies that want access to detailed analytics. Google has also spent a lot of time developing its machine learning capabilities. Google’s machine learning prowess makes it a good option for companies that want to streamline their operations and create new applications.
Price makes Google Cloud Platform an attractive option. The company offers Sustained Use Discounts that automatically adjust your bill according to the number of CPUs and RAM you use. If your IaaS needs vary from month to month, Google is probably a good option for you.
Before you choose Google Cloud Platform, you need to think about the disadvantages of using its IaaS. Google is a relative newcomer to this industry, so it doesn’t offer as many products as Amazon and Microsoft. Google Cloud Platform also has a complicated user interface that can cause confusion, especially when you first start using it. If you have ever used Google Analytics, then you already know that Google isn’t great at making features simple. You’ll have a similar experience with Google Cloud Platform.
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If your company already uses Microsoft software, then you may want to use Azure as your IaaS platform. Software like Office and SharePoint integrate well with Azure, so it’s a good option for most businesses. Microsoft’s deep pockets and decades of experience also make it a strong choice for companies that need access to diverse services and products.
On the downside, Microsoft hasn’t been able to keep up with Apple and Google in the mobile devices industry. Microsoft says that it can work with any platform, but it seems reasonable to expect some disruptions when your employees use non-Microsoft devices.
Make sure you understand the differences between these IaaS platforms before you choose one for your business. Choosing the right option will make it easier for your business to reach new levels of success.
Also published on Medium.