Top 5 Key Differences between Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Service

Every skilled tradesman knows that choosing the right tool for a job, is a job half done. At the moment there are countless platforms offering cloud infrastructure. Implementing the same concept in Cloud services, the platform that fits all your needs and requirements should be selected. On the surface, nearly all are similar but factors such as availability, portability, cost and innovation are vital when selecting the best cloud platform.

Amazon and Google hold significant positions in the domain of technology and it is fairly obvious that these two have come out with the best cloud platforms, I.e., Amazon Web Service and Google Cloud Platform. A detailed analysis of the top 5 key differences between them is presented in this article. But first, let’s explore what each of these services are what they have to offer.

What is AWS (Amazon Web Service)?

A web-service platform, released in 2006, that offers blocks of software that can be used to implement modern technologies on the cloud. These blocks are programmed to work cohesively with each other in such a fashion that the task is accomplished seamlessly. AWS also helps organizations to migrate the infrastructure to the cloud and create a network of security and compliance. AWS enables the organization to compute and store the gathered data for further analysis. In 2022, AWS certification is one of the most sought-after skill in the industry.

What is GCP (Google Cloud Platform)?

Google Cloud Platform, called for in 2011, helps its clients in accessing the cloud infrastructure along with a wide variety of supporting tools, created by Google, that can be used in all domains of development on the cloud. Being a tech giant in the software industry, GCP has risen significantly against its competitors such as AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. This platform is mainly popular due to the optimization and analytics tools it offers with its cloud services. With innovative tools rolling out in a timely fashion, GCP holds the potential to overtake the market in the coming years.

5 Key Differences between AWS and GCP:

The industry of cloud computing has become vast and limitless. There are different cloud providers, each with a set of services that can be utilized. With the aim of clearing doubts on which service should be selected, here are 5 key differences between Amazon Web Service and Google Cloud Platform:


AWS has been dominating the industry with a 7-year head start against like-minded competition. Thus, they have had a good amount of time to establish and grow their network. AWS has amounted to about 66 locations of availability worldwide and 12 more locations under development. Whereas, GCP was relatively recently developed and is still in the growth phase. GCP has been made available in 20 locations over the course of 10 years, with 3 more on their way in 2022.

Cloud Computation

Both AWS and GCP have utilized the concepts of Virtual Machines to provide computational power to their users. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud and Google’s Compute Engine are both expandable virtual platforms that can take on large workloads without the need for physical computation. Amazon EC2 enables users to scale the capacity within minutes, gives complete control of the hierarchy of decisions and provides diversity in the options to build. Whereas, Google CE is high in performance, interconnected to every service google offers and charges the user on a per minute basis.

Load Balancing

Google Cloud console and AWS offer nearly similar load balancing services. They serve to help the user in distributing traffic across numerous instances for better availability and enhanced debugging of the user’s build. AWS load balancing can be used internally as well as externally but GCP load balancing are separate of internal and external uses based on access. For AWS, the load is distributed over every and any IP that is required whereas GCP just provides one IP which handles the load, however large it may be.

File Storage

Amazon’s Elastic File System and Google’s Filestore provide the storage capacities for their respective cloud infrastructures. Both systems are completely managed and maintained and secure storage is ensured. Speaking from a technical standpoint, EFS uses the NFSv4 Network File System protocol which is faster and much improved in performance than the NFSv3 which is still being used by Google’s Filestore. Amazon EFS has performing capabilities up to 10 GB/sec and over 500,000 IOPS, while Filestore at maximum goes up to 16 GB/sec and 480,000 IOPS.

Support Plans

When developing on a new environment, it is vital to consider how much the support to said environment is going to cost. The reason is that these platforms are always changing and updating and the need for support can arise anytime. Considering the basic plans for both GCP and AWS, GCP costs users an upwards of $250 per month with 24/7 support and 15-minute response times. Whereas, AWS starts from $29 per month and offers the same 24/7 support and 15-minute response times.


In the developing community, users are more inclined towards the Amazon AWS due to its quick scalability and flexibility in the options it provides over Google’s Cloud Platform. As it is clearly evident from the aforementioned differences, due to the time advantage Amazon had in developing its infrastructure, it is able to provide better services at cheaper rates. AWS has only recently been introduced in South Asia. Leed Software Development in Canada is offering AWS as a service for those who seek to utilize this mega-cloud architecture for development and computational purposes.