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Pros
  • + Rapid growth of services at competitive price
  • + Good data services and capabilities around AI/ML
  • + Cloud leader with the most extensive range of services
  • + Mature services with good compliance coverage
  • + Huge number of 3rd party integrations
  • + Good range of hybrid capabilities (including VMware partnership)
  • + Baremetal Server options with cloud characteristics (hourly consumption)
Cons
  • - Fledgling hybrid capabilities based around Cisco partnership
  • - Evolving hybrid strategy based around VMware partnership
  • - High performance networking, but limited capabilities
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General
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Ronald van Vugt
Overview
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.
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.
Bluemix delivers virtual machines running in IBM Cloud data centers backed by a global private fiber network.
Management
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Interfaces
UI / API / CL / SDK
Webbased UI, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms, Cloud Shell
Webbased UI, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms
Single UI : Various APIs / CLIs native to services. Differences between IAAS & PaaS environment
Common API service keys
GCP Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
AWS Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
Multiple API service keys
Monitoring
General Service monitoring
Stackdriver can do in-guest and Service monitoring
Every EC2 instance includes the following service quality services with a frequency of 1 minute: StatusCheckFailed, StatusCheckFailed_Instance, StatusCheckFailed_System
Available, but inconsistent IAAS & PAAS service monitoring
VM Service monitoring
Every GCP instance sends basic metrics to Stackdriver. More metrics and one-minute monitoring are available at cost.
Every EC2 instance sends basic metrics to CloudWatch every five-minutes. More metrics and one-minute monitoring are available at cost.
Guest OS agent based (Nimsoft)
Actions / Event logging
Logging for GCP instances is possible with the service Stackdriver Logs
Logging for EC2 instances is possible with the service CloudWatch Logs
Limited capability (agent based)
Admin
Identity & Access Management
Google IAM access
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Centralised IAM
Multi factor authentication support
Google 2 step authentication
Granular Access Control
Google IAM access
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.
Configurable access control to IAAS
Control
VM Billing per min / hr
Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, Per second biling
Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, scheduled instances for one year, spot instances
Hourly / Monthly / Subscription
Compute VM
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VM
VM micro (below 1 vCPU)
EC2 instances nano, micro, small
VM Small (up to 8 vCPU)
EC2 instances medium, large, xlarge,
Available : Configurable mem up to 64GB
VM Medium (up to 16 vCPU)
EC2 instances 2xlarge
Available : Configurable mem up to 128GB
VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
EC2 instances 4xlarge
Available : Configurable mem up to 242GB
VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
EC2 instances 10xlarge
Max 56 core with mem up to 242GB
VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
EC2 instance 32xlarge
Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Month)
GPU VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Hr / Month)
GPU VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Hr / Month)
GPU VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
No generally available Baremetal option
GPU types
NVIDIA K80, AMD FirePro, Tesla P100
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 Tesla P100, M60, K80, Grid K2 (monthly & hourly options)
Custom VM size
Standard config types for public VMs. Private host VMs can be configured
Defined disk IOPS
IOPS are linked with GB size of disks
EBS Optimized instances provided dediated storage network
Not available as local disc (available with SAN)
SR-IOV support
Yes, Intel DPDK
Supported on some instance types
Network speeds
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, 10Gbps, 20Gbps.
Depending of the instance type from 450 Mbit until 20 Gbit
1 x public / 1 x private : Can add 1 private but no ability to add additional
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)
No ability to add vNIC
Attached / detach block storage
Yes, can add or deattach data disks
It is possible to detach block storage from an unmounted volume on a EC2 instance and attach block storage to an EC2 instance
Limited ability with portable storage
Virtual dedicated cloud
A GCP tenant has its dedicated virtual network scope
Every EC2 instance will be part of a VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
Virtual network created at L2 VLAN level.
IP reassignment
Possible with Elastic IP Addresses
Can assign portable public / private IPs
Image
Manual snapshots image
Yes, you can create a persistent disk snapshot
Can create Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from EC2 instance
Scheduled snapshot image
No, only manually using CLI
Not available as native service
Not available as native service (could script through API)
API / CLI Snapshot image
Yes using REST API or using gcloud CLI
Make image public / marketplace
Yes images can be using privately or published in the Google Cloud Launcher
AWS Marketplace is available to publish and sell application images
VM import
Using CloudEndure
You can import Windows and Linux VMs that use VMware ESX or Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix Xen virtualization formats.
ISO & VHD imports supported
VM export
you can export previously imported EC2 instances to VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix Xen formats.
VHD image export
O/S
Windows
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. 
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. 
Windows Server 2012, 2012R2, 2016 Standard edition
Linux
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. 
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.
Redhat, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Cloudlinux, CoreOS
Bring your own OS
Yes, you can bring your own Microsoft license
Supported (at own risk)
Control
Resize existing VM
Resizing of a VM which is EBS backed supported
Resize vCPU, memory, network speed
VM Live Migration
Yes, 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
Recovery processes not clearly defined. SLA for recovery defined (in hrs)
metadata
Accomplished using tags
Parking
No, only manually using CLI
Powering off VM does not stop billing
Provision in less than 5 mins
Variable - often more than 5 mins
Provision consistent spec
Consistent VM configs available 
Consistent VM configs available 
Although host performance is up to date, there is limited view of host specification
Reserved instances
Spot instances
Yes, Preemtible VMs
Dedicated host (Single tenant)
Dedicated host & dedicated Instances (pay per VM) available
VM to host affinity (network optimised)
Available using a placement group
Available on didicated hosts
VM to host anti-affinity
Available on didicated hosts
Autoscaling VMs (within AZ)
Yes, Instance Group
Available using an auto scaling group
Supported (within DC)
Autoscaling across AZs/Regions
No, not across regions but across AZ
Autoscaling is possible across AZs, but not across Regions
Block storage
Local HDD
Available (instance store on magnetic disks and for some instance types on SSD disks)
Available (25GB & 100GB primary drive)
SSD HDD
Available (instance store on magnetic disks and for some instance types on SSD disks)
Yes ability to define local storage (as SSD) 
SAN HDD
AWS offers Elastic Block Storage (EBS) as SAN-style block storage
Available (25GB & 100GB primary drive)
Encryption at rest
Available for both instance store and EBS volumes
Not available on VM drives (only on additional attached storage)
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