November 28, 2018
Enterprises today use business applications like Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle and need them maintained and working constantly. Now that these enterprises are moving to the cloud to enhance their businesses, they require the same kind of availability, flexibility, and agility with cloud-based applications. Regardless of company size, the cloud service that can simplify the management of infrastructure, deploy your work quicker, lower your costs, and increase your revenue is the one that can best bring your business into the vibrant and growing market of the cloud.
In our current industry, the competitors for cloud platforms are AWS, GCP, and Microsoft Azure. What do these platforms offer and which one is right for you?
AWS (Amazon Web Services)
AWS has a reliable, secured global infrastructure that allows this strong platform the ability to withstand any disaster. They need it too because AWS is the largest global infrastructure of all the cloud providers. This allows AWS to efficiently deploy your data and applications anywhere your customers live and work.
Speed to market is vital to the growing cloud industry. It is a first come, first served world. AWS has services like CodeDeploy, Opsworks, and Lambda that allow you to build applications and deploy them via the cloud in minutes. Workspaces is a virtual desktop that gives you the benefits of working with virtual desktops but handles the deployment and management of them for you.
Security is a prime concern for Amazon AWS. They have developed several services through AWS Security Center to keep your cloud environment secure and prevent any breaches of your system or data.
The AWS Partner Networks (APN) connects you with resources for business, technical, and marketing, and sales support. These allow you to grow and differentiate your business, which better connects you to new and existing customers alike. APN Partners are available to you at any stage of your business’s journey into cloud adoption.
One of the biggest deterrents for using AWS is their billing system. It is incredibly confusing, and many recommend using a reseller to give you a more detailed bill each month. Enterprise level businesses are at a disadvantage because AWS does not support that level by default. Almost all larger businesses require custom agreements with significant terms-and-conditions negotiation.
AWS is a better fit for businesses who want the cutting-edge innovations and that are comfortable working with multiple third-party entities.
GCP (Google Cloud Platform)
Google Cloud Platform puts security first, freeing you to create with confidence. Their entire network, software, servers, and hardware and designed and controlled by them, not third-party, outsourced companies. You know that your work is safe with them and they stand by their promise for security. They won the highest Strategy score in Public Cloud Platform Native Security from The Forrester Wave in the second quarter of 2018.
While Google keeps security in-house, they focus on collaboration to bring you the support your business requires. They work to forge important, relevant connections between your team and theirs. You can connect and partner with their engineers and team members every step of the way. They also use managed services from Rackspace and hundreds of other companies to bring you the support services you require to accelerate your businesses into the cloud.
Google is dedicated to the flexibility to meet you right where you are. Whether you are working on premises, a form of cloud hybrid, or even multi-cloud strategies, Google meets you at that point and helps you grow into your next stage of development in the cloud. During this process, they use multi-cloud tools to make sure your management and execution and consistent and efficient. Migration to cloud-based virtual management is smooth, and they do not set you up with locked-in prices along the way. Part of their commitment to you and to aid in this process is in utilizing open-source technology, driven by the community.
Google also provides machine learning models and Cloud TPUs to provide you with the data you need for the highest quality analytics and problem-solving. These AIs come pre-trained, or they can be custom built to meet your cloud application needs.
With Google, you have the option of getting rid of your servers and allowing GCP to deliver your applications across the globe. No longer will your scalability be held back by your in-house hardware. GCP allows you to move and grow as seamlessly and efficiently as your business is willing to grow.
Both GCP and Azure seem to follow innovations led by AWS. Additionally, many of their services seem to operate slower than other cloud platforms, and newer services often have a “beta-test” feel to them. GCP appears to be a good option for those looking willing to sacrifice speed for a 10-15% discount in cost.
Microsoft Azure offers the highest availability and redundancy across the globe. While this is important as you are looking for the availability of cloud access when you are beginning you cloud-based business, this availability provides even more significant benefits for large, established cloud enterprises. This level of availability and redundancy means that their service level agreement is 99.95%, totaling under 5 hours of downtime per year. In a world that continually battles technology issues and an equally constant need to be connected online to keep the sales going and services working, Microsoft Azure provides the most stable service.
It costs to grow, and Microsoft Azure is committed to helping streamline your growth in the cloud-based industry. Microsoft provides excellent scalability and a pay-as-you-go system that allows for an easily tracked cost-effectiveness. This saves you on infrastructure costs and reduces your hardware and maintenance expenditures for your in-house IT management.
The biggest drawback to Microsoft Azure is that it takes expert management. Expertise in Microsoft applications on local computers does not equal expertise in those same applications when they are utilized by Azure cloud servers. When business administrators are not able to accurately monitor and manage their cloud servers, they often end up losing thousands of dollars a year without even being aware of it.
Azure works well with any company with enough IT budget to get the appropriate level training or hire in the expertise to manage these cloud servers and applications. If you can afford it, Azure provides the most stable cloud platform experience.
There are many great opportunities to bring your business into the cloud. Check into these services carefully to find out which fits your business best.