ikextian - PeerSpot reviewer
Head, IT at Mega Labourers Limited
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Which IaaS platform would you choose for an SMB: Google Cloud services, Amazon AWS, or Microsoft Azure?

Hi community members,

I'm the Head of IT at a construction company (size: <50).

Currently, I'm trying to select an IaaS platform out of Google Cloud services, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Many have suggested that Amazon AWS is a good choice. 

Which one would you recommend for my organization? Whichever you recommend please give your reasons.

Thanks in advance.

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Gerente regional de tecnología at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
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Jul 5, 2022

I have worked with AWS for 4 years now and I agree with the recommendation. 

If you make some research AWS will be shown as the top solution in many white papers. We made an evaluation to compare it with Google and Azure. In our case, AWS is the most cost-effective.

Depending on the solution you are running you need to check the license cost for your servers. If you have a lot of Windows solutions Azure may be a better fit.  

Regarding performance, we did have an incident where the complete region was unreachable. So, make sure to consider recovery sites. 

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Wallace Hugh - PeerSpot reviewer
VP of Data and Analytics at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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Jul 9, 2022

I would like to recommend MS Azure to start with. 

The reasons are:

1. I bet you're using many Microsoft tools, like Office 365, Team, etc. so you're pretty familiar with the MS UX which is excellent.

2. It's easy to start/learn Azure and configurations, they have very detailed documentation online.

3. It's relatively cheaper with Azure IaaS with good starting numbers of notes/services.

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Have you used other platforms with better pricing models than Google Cloud?
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I think the price of Google Cloud is one of the best things about it. It is not high at all in my opinion, especially when you can use certain features for free. This type of pricing model - paying depending on the needs and size of your organization - is the best one, in my opinion, because even if you are an enterprise, you still may not utilize all features of a certain solution. Google wisely thought that they do not want their customers to just spend without using everything. That is why they base the prices of their services on what you need to use, and you can pay differently every month. The fees themselves are normal for this product type - not too cheap, but not overpriced either.
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Google Cloud is fairly priced because it lets you pay for what you use. This, of course, means that some users pay a lot more than others, but that makes sense if they are using more features. In that way, you are not limited by set pricing forever, you can switch – add or remove, choose between features, and pick what works best for you. Another good thing is that you can try certain things from the product in a free version, so you can decide what is worth spending your money on. When you compare Google Cloud to similar platforms, the price they ask you to pay makes sense, as they offer you many things plus security for them.
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