Amazon S3 vs Google Cloud Storage, which is better?
Equipped with a better knowledge of the storage system implemented by the two services, we can better focus on their advantages and disadvantages. However, we won’t be simply listing the pros and cons. Instead, we will take a direct comparing approach to answer most of your common questions regarding the comparison between Google LLC and Amazon Web Services.
Why is Amazon S3 better than Google Cloud Storage?
Let’s take a closer look at the main benefits of the storage solution offered by Amazon when compared to their Google counterparts.
The next topic when discussing the difference between S3 and Google Cloud Storage is scalability. Scalability means that the services will continue to function as advertised even if you change the size or volume of your files. In layman’s terms, Amazon S3 performance will not be affected if you store more and more files on the platform; instead, it will grow accordingly.
Other services will find it hard to compete with the Amazon S3 service regarding durability. Their services were designed to offer upwards of 99,99% durability, meaning that they have reduced the risk of data loss to almost nothing.
When you first check the prices of Amazon S3, you won’t find significant differences compared to Google Cloud Storage. However, the flexibility offered by their “pay-as-you-go” approach makes the services far more affordable over the long run. The Amazon S3 services will set you back approximately 3 cents per GB stored, and the price will lower as you store more data on the cloud. This pricing scheme makes Amazon S3 the leading choice for large corporations. Companies with an immense number of assets will find it far more financially viable to pay only when they need access to specific assets. Another important aspect worth considering is that Amazon S3 does not have extra charges for each separate feature, unlike Google Cloud Storage.
Amazon S3 is only of the services provided by Amazon, among 175 others at the time of writing this article. This impressive number of fully-fledged services gave them the reputation of a mature cloud provider, best suited for enterprise level. It goes without saying that Amazon S3 is fully compatible with most of the other services provided by the company. For example, your development team can benefit from app deployment AWS services, or they could directly configure the storage infrastructure as required. Overall, the variety of the services offered by Amazon dramatically improves flexibility.
You want to avoid clutter at all costs, and version control is mandatory to ensure that your storage won’t turn into a total mess. The Amazon S3 client version control will allow retrieving both older revisions as we all deleted files, meaning that all revisions will be available in one place. Google Cloud Storage also supports versioning, but Amazon won’t charge you for using this feature.
Automatic Data Migration
Another critical advantage Amazon S3 has over Google Cloud Storage is the sheer number of data migration options. The migration can be completed using Rsync or the Glacier interface resulting in a transition that won’t cause so many issues for your business and can best assist with large data transfers. Additionally, the automatic import and export features will save time and money.
Google Cloud Storage is much slower than S3
Google Cloud Storage has some advantages that we will cover later in the article through their file storage method. However, latency is not one of them. This is mainly because a new HTTP connection needs to be established for each file resulting in speeds three times slower than Amazon S3.
And why is Google Cloud Storage better than Amazon S3?
Is Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service better than Google Cloud Storage from all aspects? That is not the case, as plenty of companies prefer GCS. Let’s find out why.
15 GB Free of Charge
Large companies won’t even blink twice when they receive 15 GB of space. However, the individual user or a startup might use this offer as a building block for their future endeavors, especially if they don’t have to pay for the service.
Maximum File Size
Google Cloud Storage might just be the ideal service if you want to store large amounts of data. While Amazon S3 is better at transferring data, they cannot compete with Google regarding storage. The maximum file size accepted by Amazon S3 is 5GB which is only a fraction compared to the whopping 5TB offered by Google.
Amazon S3 has better geographical availability when compared to Google Cloud Storage, covering an additional zone. However, the market share is skewed in favor of Google that has almost triple the user base.
Getting started with GD is much easier
The Amazon S3 signup process is far more tedious and complicated when compared to Google Drive. Before you even get access to the storage, you will have to create a new AWS account, tweak the management console, and update yourself on the differences between IAM and root. Google Drive only requires that you have access to a Google account, which almost everyone does, and you can start using the storage functions. Through Google Drive, you can work on a project that your entire team can access without creating separate AWS accounts.
Similar to getting started, you need to allocate time before familiarizing yourself with the Amazon S3 web interface. First-time users will find the interface highly confusing as they browse through different buckets or objects. On the other hand, the Google Drive interface is highly intuitive, thanks to its great UI/UX design.
Both companies have departments working relentlessly to keep everything modern and updated according to industry standards. However, Google has been more successful in implementing innovations in recent years. They are developing machine learning, AI and allowing users access to powerful data analytics.
Effortless Public Sharing
Both cloud computing services allow users to share files with the public. However, the process is far more tedious for Amazon S3. With Google Drive, you can easily create an URL that anyone with the link can access. To share the same files through Amazon S3, you will need to put in considerably more effort, going over the bucket settings and tweaking public permissions. The whole process might appear intimidating, especially to newer users. Google Cloud Storage also fully encrypts the data when you share it with the public, while Amazon S3 opts for a more general data encryption format.
The last important feature featured on Google Cloud Storage services and not by Amazon S3 is data retention. Google allows users to keep their files permanently after tweaking the retention rules. This feature can come in handy if you want to figure out when files have been created or modified.