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Amazon S3 vs Google Cloud Storage: What are the differences?

What is Amazon S3? Store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. 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.

What is 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 S3 and Google Cloud Storage can be categorized as "Cloud Storage" tools.

Some of the features offered by Amazon S3 are:

  • Write, read, and delete objects containing from 1 byte to 5 terabytes of data each. The number of objects you can store is unlimited.
  • Each object is stored in a bucket and retrieved via a unique, developer-assigned key.
  • A bucket can be stored in one of several Regions. You can choose a Region to optimize for latency, minimize costs, or address regulatory requirements. Amazon S3 is currently available in the US Standard, US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), South America (Sao Paulo), and GovCloud (US) Regions. The US Standard Region automatically routes requests to facilities in Northern Virginia or the Pacific Northwest using network maps.

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

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

"Reliable" is the top reason why over 589 developers like Amazon S3, while over 22 developers mention "Scalable" as the leading cause for choosing Google Cloud Storage.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon S3 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3194 company stacks & 1559 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Storage, which is listed in 179 company stacks and 74 developer stacks.

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What is 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

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 Glacier
    In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.
    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.
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
    Google Drive
    The Drive SDK gives you a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help you develop apps that integrate with Drive. The core functionality of Drive apps is to download and upload files in Google Drive. However, the Drive SDK provides a lot more than just storage.
    Microsoft Azure
    Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
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        Review ofAmazon S3Amazon S3

        Insanely low prices, quite easy to use, and they're fast. Plus they provide great support. And they're integrated with other AWS services, like CloudFront.

        Seriously, this is the best service of it's kind out there.

        How developers use Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage
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        CloudRepo uses Amazon S3Amazon S3

        We store the software components that CloudRepo stores for its customers here for the following reasons:

        • Data is Encrypted at Rest
        • Data is stored across multiple physical locations
        • Pricing is competitive
        • Reliability is industry leading and our customers need to be able to access their data at all times list text here
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        Yelp uses Amazon S3Amazon S3

        In October 2008 we moved to using scribe (now a custom branch), which has served us very well over the past 5+ years that we’ve been using it. We take the logs scribe aggregates and move them into Amazon S3 for storage, which makes using EMR on AWS seamless.

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        cloak.ly uses Amazon S3Amazon S3

        S3 serves as zero-knowledge temporary storage. Files are encrypted in the browser before being uploaded in chunks to S3. When the target recipient downloads them the chunks are reassembled and decrypted in the browser. Files expire after a week and the encrypted chunks are permanently deleted from S3.

        Avatar of CloudRepo
        CloudRepo uses Amazon S3Amazon S3

        Since we generate a static website for our website, AWS S3 provides hosting for us so that we don't have to run our own servers just to serve up static content.

        The pricing is great as you only pay for what you use.

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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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        Tana uses Amazon S3Amazon S3

        This object storage is always evolving and getting harder to explain. We use it for 1) hosting every static websites, 2) datalake to store every transaction and 3) query with Athena / S3 Select.

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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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        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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        Cirrus Labs uses Google Cloud StorageGoogle Cloud Storage

        Cirrus CI can store build artifacts in Google Cloud Storage

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