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Amazon EBS vs Google Cloud Storage: What are the differences?

Amazon EBS: Block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage; Google Cloud Storage: Durable and highly available object storage service. Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.

Amazon EBS and Google Cloud Storage belong to "Cloud Storage" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Amazon EBS are:

  • Amazon EBS allows you to create storage volumes from 1 GB to 1 TB that can be mounted as devices by Amazon EC2 instances. Multiple volumes can be mounted to the same instance.
  • Amazon EBS enables you to provision a specific level of I/O performance if desired, by choosing a Provisioned IOPS volume. This allows you to predictably scale to thousands of IOPS per Amazon EC2 instance.
  • Storage volumes behave like raw, unformatted block devices, with user supplied device names and a block device interface. You can create a file system on top of Amazon EBS volumes, or use them in any other way you would use a block device (like a hard drive).

On the other hand, Google Cloud Storage provides the following key features:

  • High Capacity and Scalability
  • Strong Data Consistency
  • Google Developers Console Projects

"Point-in-time snapshots" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon EBS over the competitors, whereas "Scalable" was stated as the key factor in picking Google Cloud Storage.

Accenture, Evernote, and Teleport are some of the popular companies that use Google Cloud Storage, whereas Amazon EBS is used by Airbnb, Medium, and Instacart. Google Cloud Storage has a broader approval, being mentioned in 183 company stacks & 79 developers stacks; compared to Amazon EBS, which is listed in 179 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon EBS?

Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage.

What is Google Cloud Storage?

Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.

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      Amazon EFS
      Amazon EFS is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files.
      Amazon S3
      Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
      Azure Storage
      Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.
      Minio
      Minio is an object storage server compatible with Amazon S3 and licensed under Apache 2.0 License
      Rackspace Cloud Files
      Cloud Files, powered by OpenStack®, provides an easy to use online storage for files and media which can be delivered globally at blazing speeds over Akamai's content delivery network (CDN).
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          itzMe uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

          Amazon / Google... Google / Amazon ... we decided to take the plunge and go for Google Cloud services as their services seem to be a bit more thought through and structured as they have not developed so organically.

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          Matt Welke uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

          When creating proofs of concept or small personal projects that are hosted primarily in GCP, this is the object storage service I usually pair them with.

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          Flutter Health Inc. uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

          We use Google Cloud Storage to store the images and other files that are added (uploaded) or generated in the Flutter application.

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          Opstax Ltd uses Amazon EBSAmazon EBS

          Opstax uses EBS storage to store images, snapshots and to write any data we need to keep when an instance is no longer.

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          CommentBox.io uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

          All comments, votes, and other actions live here as a highly-scalable, reliable, multi-region storage solution.

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          nrise uses Amazon EBSAmazon EBS

          대부분의 EC2 의 스토리지는 EBS 를 마운트해서 사용하고 있습니다. 특히 데이터베이스 서버들의 경우 주기적으로 스냅샷을 생성하여 손쉽게 백업 관리를 진행하고 있습니다.

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          Cirrus Labs uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

          Cirrus CI can store build artifacts in Google Cloud Storage

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