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Pros
  • + Cloud leader with the most extensive range of services
  • + Mature services with good compliance coverage
  • + Huge number of 3rd party integrations
  • + Rapid growth of services at competitive price
  • + Good data services and capabilities around AI/ML
  • + Broad range of services
  • + Good hybrid capabilities for Microsoft based environments
Cons
  • - Evolving hybrid strategy based around VMware partnership
  • - Fledgling hybrid capabilities based around Cisco partnership
  • - Availability zone rollout still largely in preview.
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Overview
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use.
Google Compute Engine delivers virtual machines running in Googles data centers and worldwide fiber network. Compute Engines tooling and workflow support enable scaling from single instances to global, load-balanced cloud computing.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service delivered through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.
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UI / API / CL / SDK
Webbased UI, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms
Webbased UI, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms, Cloud Shell
Webbased UI, Powershell, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms
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Common API service keys
AWS Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
GCP Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
Azure Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
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General Service monitoring
Every EC2 instance includes the following service quality services with a frequency of 1 minute: StatusCheckFailed, StatusCheckFailed_Instance, StatusCheckFailed_System
Stackdriver can do in-guest and Service monitoring
Every Azure Compute Instances can have basic service monitoring such as CPU, Memory and Disk utilization
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VM Service monitoring
Every EC2 instance sends basic metrics to CloudWatch every five-minutes. More metrics and one-minute monitoring are available at cost.
Every GCP instance sends basic metrics to Stackdriver. More metrics and one-minute monitoring are available at cost.
Every Azure instance sends basic metrics to Azure Monitor. More metrics and information can be gathered using OMS
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Actions / Event logging
Logging for EC2 instances is possible with the service CloudWatch Logs
Logging for GCP instances is possible with the service Stackdriver Logs
Log Analytics with OMS or using Azure Monitor
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Identity & Access Management
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Azure Active Directory
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Multi factor authentication support
Supported
Google 2 step authentication
MFA support for Admins
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Granular Access Control
Using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) a very granular access control is possible. The default for every user and role is no access; you have to define every access control.
Resource Groups and RBAC
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VM Billing per min / hr
Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, scheduled instances for one year, spot instances
Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, Per second biling
Pay-as-you-go, CSP, EA, Per minute billing
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VM micro (below 1 vCPU)
EC2 instances nano, micro, small
A-series
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VM Small (up to 8 vCPU)
EC2 instances medium, large, xlarge,
D-series
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VM Medium (up to 16 vCPU)
EC2 instances 2xlarge
L-series
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VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
EC2 instances 4xlarge
L-series
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VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
EC2 instances 10xlarge
EV3-series
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VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
EC2 instance 32xlarge
M-series
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GPU VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
n1-standard-32
N-series
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GPU VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
n1-standard-64
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GPU VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
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GPU types
Yes, with up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs, 192GB of total video memory, 40 thousand parallel processing cores yielding 70 teraflops of single precision floating point performance and over 23 teraflops of double precision floating point performance using P2 EC2 instances
NVIDIA K80, AMD FirePro, Tesla P100
NVIDIA K80, M60, P100
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Custom VM size
No
Yes
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Defined disk IOPS
EBS Optimized instances provided dediated storage network
IOPS are linked with GB size of disks
Yes to a certain degree
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SR-IOV support
Supported on some instance types
Yes, Accelerated Network
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Network speeds
Low, moderate, high, 10Gbps, 20Gbps.
Depending of the instance type from 450 Mbit until 20 Gbit
Each core is subject to a 2 Gbits/second (Gbps) cap for peak performance. Each additional core increases the network cap, up to a theoretical maximum of 16 Gbps for each virtual machine
Low, Moderate, High, RDMA
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Add virtual NIC
All instances in a VPC can add 1 until 14 virtual NICs, depending of the instance type (this is not possible in the EC2-Classic platform, but this platform is not recommended)
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Attached / detach block storage
It is possible to detach block storage from an unmounted volume on a EC2 instance and attach block storage to an EC2 instance
Yes, can add or deattach data disks
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Virtual dedicated cloud
Every EC2 instance will be part of a VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
A GCP tenant has its dedicated virtual network scope
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IP reassignment
Possible with Elastic IP Addresses
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Manual snapshots image
Can create Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from EC2 instance
Yes, you can create a persistent disk snapshot
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Scheduled snapshot image
Not available as native service
No, only manually using CLI
Not available as native service
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API / CLI Snapshot image
Yes using REST API or using gcloud CLI
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Make image public / marketplace
AWS Marketplace is available to publish and sell application images
Yes images can be using privately or published in the Google Cloud Launcher
Yes Azure Marketplace
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VM import
You can import Windows and Linux VMs that use VMware ESX or Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix Xen virtualization formats.
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VM export
you can export previously imported EC2 instances to VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix Xen formats.
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Windows
Amazon EC2 currently supports a variety of operating systems including: Amazon Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD. 
GCP currently supports a variety of operating systems including:  Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD. 
Microsoft Azure currently supports a variety of operating systems including: Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD. 
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Linux
Amazon EC2 currently supports a variety of operating systems including: Amazon Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD.
GCP currently supports a variety of operating systems including:  Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD. 
Microsoft Azure currently supports a variety of operating systems including: Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD. 
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Bring your own OS
Yes, you can bring your own Microsoft license
Yes
Yes, you can bring your own Microsoft license using HUB
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Resize existing VM
Resizing of a VM which is EBS backed supported
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VM Live Migration
If a host fails and the EC2 instance uses EBS, it is possible to start the EC2 instance on another host manually or automatically with monitoring and scripting; if an EC2 instance is installed on instance store and de host fails, the EC2 instance is lost
Yes, Live migration
On host failure the vm will be auto migrated to a new host (guest monitor/restart also available)
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