I found a great comparison of four of the biggest cloud service providers with a focus which is the cheapest cloud service provider. The article is written by Kim Weins at InfoWorld.
When you choose your cloud provider, the price isn’t everything. But for personal projects or small companies, the price is important. I think we all can agree that at least Amazon, Microsoft, and Google offers really good cloud services.
But which one is the cheapest cloud service?
It’s really hard to say that one option is always cheaper than some of the other. It all depends on what you’re needs are, where you’re located and a lot of other factors.
But I think this quote from the article is really interesting,
In annual prices for a one year commitment:
Azure is lowest price for nine scenarios; highest price for one scenario.
Azure is lowest price for all of the scenarios based on per GB RAM.
Azure matches or is lower than AWS for all scenarios.
Google Cloud is lowest price for two scenarios; highest price for seven scenarios.
Google Cloud tends to be the lowest price when no SSD is needed.
Google Cloud is higher priced on the “per GB RAM” cost for high CPU due to the fact that it includes less than half the memory of AWS and Azure.
AWS is lowest price for no scenarios; highest price for two scenarios.
AWS is most often a middle-priced option.
IBM is lowest price for one scenario; highest price for four scenarios.
IBM pricing will depend on the negotiated price.
Cloud pricing comparison: AWS vs. Microsoft Azure vs. Google vs. IBM
Kim Weins is vice president of cloud cost strategy at RightScale.As major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google, and IBM) continue to drop the prices of cloud instances…
My personal opinions
As I’m a huge fan of the direction Microsoft is heading to with developing lots of key projects on GitHub and allow everyone (you, me, anyone) to contribute by sending pull requests. Also, I like that not only Microsoft allows everyone contribute to their projects. I also like the fact that Microsoft is the number one contributor to other open source projects.Who could have believed this only a few years ago?
So who’s the winner? Who is the cheapest cloud service provider?
In my opinion, also based on the fact by all the features, the winner is *drumroll*, Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Azure: The cheapest cloud service provider.
Personally, I’ve been using Azure for about six years now. Over the years a lot has happened to the service. Extremely many new features have been released and a new portal. I also like that you have so many options nowadays. Do you want to run a Linux VM? No problem! Do you want to choose your favorite document database? With 99% it’s available. My favorite is probably Azure Table Storage that I use a lot. It’s extremely fast and incredibly cheap to use. If you never heard of Azure Table Storage before, you should read this article by Troy Hunt. It’s from 2013 but still relevant.