In a hybrid cloud setup, storage and computing infrastructure are composed of both private and public cloud computing systems. The different components are crafted so that they can be streamlined to work with other cloud systems, giving companies an agile and cloud-agnostic computing system. Gartner predicts that by 2024, most cloud service providers will offer at least some version of hybrid cloud services for companies.

Hybrid Cloud AWS vs Azure vs GCP

The hybrid cloud market is slated to balloon to $97.6 billion by 2023, a finding this Forbes article notes. With a dizzying array of cloud service-providing giants, how does one choose which company to go for? We have rounded up three of the best cloud service providers, and compared their services so that companies can make better-informed technology choices.

Amazon Web Services, popularly referred to as AWS, is a cloud-computing pioneer. With years of expertise under their belt, they know the lay of the cloudlands better than anyone does. Launched in 2006, AWS rapidly built a dedicated customer base by offering impeccable reliability and trust through their cloud computing services.

Publicly shared in 2010, a few years after AWS, was another tech veteran Microsoft with their Azure cloud computing system. They are swiftly catching up to AWS, given their extensive web and technology presence that has spanned decades.

Finally, IT’s giant Google brought to the market Google Cloud Platform, also known as GCP, a year after Azure, in 2011. Initially created to enhance in-house services, GCP is now available to the public, with agile cloud computing.

Here is a comparison of the three cloud service providers based on four important criteria:

1. Security

With years of security experience, AWS has the capability to provide the most secure and safe technology. Finding answers and getting support is easy on AWS. They also offer exceptional security configurations by default.

A big win for Azure is that authorization control is easy and fast with the Azure Active Directory. Azure allows permissions and authorization to be controlled from one single location. However, unlike GCP and AWS, with their default “deny” when creating new networks for new CPUs, Azure defaults to “allow”, which means security teams must stay focused when creating new networks to ensure a development environment.

Although GCP is a newbie to the cloud computing industry, they have lots of tech knowhow spanning 20 years. So they’re no foreigners to security. With a bevy of strong security tools and protocols, like the Cloud Security Command Center and Stackdriver Logging, GCP has an impressive security offering. Their security is top grade and spans several services.

2. Pricing

If a company decides to use AWS, the starting plan includes two digital central processing units and 8 GB of RAM. This is priced at roughly $69 monthly. Azure offers the same plan with two virtual CPUs and 8 GB of RAM for around $70 a month. The most affordable of the three is GCP, which gives companies the same offering at just $52 per month.

3. Computing services

AWS is not just the most experienced in the industry, but it also hosts the widest array of services, ever. It offers more than 200 services ranging from cloud container services to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and more.

Azure gives users half the amount of services that AWS does. At around 100 computing services offered, Azure is catching up quickly with AWS.

GCP, the newest entrant, has 50 services and counting. Google being the tech mogul it is quickly making strides to catch up to the great number of services that AWS and Azure offer.

4. Storage facilities

Companies adopt cloud computing for storage. It is easier to upload data to the cloud instead of buying bulky hardware and having to manage and maintain it. How do the competitors stack up?

Elastic Block Store block storage by AWS runs on an SSD that Amazon has designed for ‘latency-sensitive’ workloads. Azure provides a Managed Disk, which is available as standard or premium, with premium being SSD-based. Finally, GCP has the Persistent Disks block storage, which comes in both standard and SSD options.

With Aspire Systems, companies can make smarter choices when it comes to choosing a hybrid cloud environment to suit their needs. Whether companies are looking to save on costs, integrate a more agile platform, or want a secure hybrid cloud, Aspire Systems paves the way for them.


In the race for Hybrid Cloud dominance, three tech giants are cutting it extremely close. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google offer AWS, Azure, and GCP respectively. Companies that need to integrate cloud computing technology need to choose a hybrid cloud setup that meshes well with their end goals and needs.

We have rounded up five decision-making criteria from each company in a quest to equip companies with better-informed choices. Each hybrid cloud boasts its own set of benefits, so it is hard to differentiate. With the first installment of our two-part series, this side-by-side comparison guide will help you arrive at the right choice for your needs.

In the next blog of this series, you will gain insights into which Cloud platform you should opt for based on your dynamic business requirements.

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