Comparing cloud pricing is quite a complicated task. It can be difficult to make apple-to-apple comparisons because respective cloud providers offer different pricing models, discount and promotion offer.
This article is just to start with a simple and basic compute engine or virtual machine offered by Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Azure and Google’s GCP.
A VM with 1 vCPU, 1GB Memory, 40GB SSD and located in Singapore
Excluding free tier
|Cloud Service Provider||Alibaba Cloud ECS||AWS EC2||Azure VM||GCP Compute Engine|
|Compute Service||1 Core CPU|
1TB Data Transfer
1 GB Memory
1 Core CPU
|Disk Size||40GB SSD Cloud Disk||40GB General Purpose SSD||Standard S4 32GB Disk||40GB SSD storage|
|Max Cost Per Month||USD $4.5/month||USD $15.49/month||USD $11.42/month||USD $37.42/month|
- Cost for Alibaba Cloud ECS Starter is the lower cost, fixed at $4.50/month
AWS’s Elastic Compute Cloud monthly cost is between $11.44 (On Demand) and $15.49 (1 Year No Upfront Reserved)
Azure Virtual Machine monthly cost is $7.70 with 1 year reserved options or $11.42 Pay as you go.
Google’ GCP Compute Engine monthly cost is $37.19, however you can get 30% net discount for instances that run the entire month.
This comparison excludes Data Transfer, Load Balancing, etc
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