How to compare cloud costs between Amazon, Microsoft and Google

The most expensive way to buy cloud virtual machines is to pay for them on demand

How to compare cloud costs between Amazon, Microsoft and Google
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Comparing prices among the major IaaS cloud vendors is not as easy as simply checking the cost of one virtual machine versus another. Myriad factors influence price: Size of the virtual machine, type of VM and contract length, to name a few.

So how are you supposed to know which vendor offers the best deal? The key is to understand the different offers from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform and then determine which is best for your use case.

“Comparing cloud pricing is complicated,” begins a blog post from RightScale that analyzes cloud prices among the major vendors. “It can be difficult to make apples-to-apples comparisons because cloud providers offer different pricing models, unique discounting options, and frequent price cuts.”

But by taking a close look at cloud prices, RightScale provides advice for the value shopper.

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RightScale found that for on-demand virtual machines, Google and Azure routinely beat Amazon Web Services on price.

How to save money

One advantage of IaaS is that customers can spin resources up and down as needed. But the most expensive way to buy cloud-based virtual machines is to pay for them on-demand. If customers plan and commit to a long-term contract, they will save money.

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