Overview

Atomia (http://www.atomia.com), produced a very interesting comparison between the cloud offerings of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Note that Microsoft has the processing power and geographical reach with a larger offering than AWS and GCP combined! Another important point that we should explore is the fact that only AWS and Microsoft have a datacenter in Brazil! It's the same in Australia, but in Australia, Microsoft has twice the data centers!

AWS
was released in 2006, and today it has about 31% of the cloud services market. Microsoft Azure has made great strides (released commercially on October 27, 2008). GCP began to compete directly with them when they launched the Google Compute Engine (equivalent to AWS EC2) by the end of 2013. If we compare these three cloud providers, we will see some significant differences between them.

One of the great benefits of using a Cloud provider's capabilities and services is to gain a powerful infrastructure, and can easily go from the simple creation of virtual servers to services such as IoT, Cognitive Services, BI, Big Data, Analytics and others. However, not all players have all of these features.

These three providers have Datacenters scattered in the world, but as we can see below, they are not all equal in terms of coverage.

Visualizations

On the map and in the graphs below, we have multiple locations currently available from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and GCP. (Click the images to enlarge them. Click Back to return to this article.)







Comments

Comments from  and Ed Price:
  1. All the providers (Microsoft Azure, AWS, and GCP) do not have datacenters in Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe, and northern Asia/Russia.
  2. Coverage in Latin America is limited to Brazil.
  3. Microsoft Azure WINS in terms of available locations, where it has almost twice the datacenters as AWS and more than four times more datacenters than GCP. Microsoft has more datacenters than the two combined!
  4. GCP, being the latest player, has not remotely reached AWS and Azure in terms of coverage. They have many holes in their current coverage in comparison with the other two, with South America and Oceania being the most significant. They're also lacking coverage in India. It may be a matter of time before they add more locations.
  5. Overall, from this point-in-time data (from late 2016) provided by Atomia, Microsoft Azure has 27 datacenters, AWS has 14, and GCP has 6.
All three providers are expanding their operations, by adding new locations:
  • AWS - They plan to add 4 datacenters near their existing locations: 1 in North America, 2 in Europe, and 1 in Asia.
  • Microsoft Azure - They plan to add 8 new datacenters: 4 locations in North America, 2 in Europe, and 2 in Asia.
    • This would expand their lead even further.
  • GCP - They plan to add 8 new datacenters: 1 in North America, 1 in South America, 3 in Europe, 2 in Asia, and 1 in Oceania.

Reference

Note: This information was collected on the Atomia website (source: https://www.atomia.com/2016/11/24/comparing-the-geographical-coverage-of-aws-azure-and-google-cloud/). It is merely a snapshot in time.

Credits

Originally written by  in Portuguese, to assess the datacenter data provided by Atomia. Translated and expanded on by Ed Price.

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