Cloud Computing Service – Amazon EC2 vs Google GAE
|Cloud Computing Service||
|Value Proposition of Cloud Computing||
Comparison between Amazon EC2 and Google GAE
[Detailed comparison of cost - Cloud Economics – A Platform Comparison]
Though different cloud service providers are following different strategies, these are the two uniquely different approaches. Others either are similar to one of these or fall somewhere in between.
I have excluded SaaS from this discussion – you can see the comparison between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS on this post on Cloud Strategy.
|Amazon EC2 (Elastic Computing Cloud)||Google GAE (Google App Engine)|
|Base Technology||Virtualization||Existing Google infrastructure|
|Unit of Scalability||Dynamically instantiated virtual machines||Every transactions initiated by user
Every scheduled or queued task
|Persistence||Reserved Virtual Machine using standard RDBMS||By directly persisting objects on to Google BigTable
No need for any object-relational mapping
|Software License||All software license required
OS, RDBMS, Web Server, App Server …
|Behaves like a Service Bus of infinite capacity
Application code can be directly deployed
Can be viewed as an extension to existing hosting services
|Very much in Beta
Will take couple of years to mature
|Best for …||Application requiring heavy processing power for short duration||Startups wanting to start free and have the ability to scale when the venture succeed|
|Economics||Saving potential of 30-70% for the right type of application||Not clear
However, it can be an order of magnitude improvement
Why is GAE potentially disruptive?
- Over the last decade, Google has build a huge cloud infrastructure for its search and other services
- The infrastructure has been build using very cost effective hardware
- Fault tolerance is designed into the architecture
- They have perfected technologies and algorithms like MapReduce and BigTable created for such infrastructure
- It is highly scalable
- They will optimize cloud access through Chrome OS and Android Mobile OS
Their economy of scale will be difficult to match.
What about Microsoft – they are constrained by the fact that they have to defend their desktop business – which will prevent them from following optimal cloud strategy!