Getting started with Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services

In this post am going to be comparing two top cloud platforms. That is amazon web services and google cloud. If you are not sure what cloud platforms are, then make sure you read my previous post; What the cloud is and what it can do for you, it will give you a simple introduction to cloud platforms.

For this post I will be comparing things like how is easy for a newbie to cloud platforms can start out without getting frustrated. The pricing. How easy is the to set up and running a site as first as possible on both of these cloud platforms. And alot more.


Firstly, let’s have a brief introduction to both google cloud and amazon web services.

Amazon Web Services, (AWS) for short, is a cloud platform own and and operated by an online tech giant Amazon. Amazon web services provides cloud computing services to individuals, companies, organizations and government agencies. They offer services like storage, computing, AI and more on a pay as you go basis, in others you are only charged for what you use. It was launched in 2006.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), is a cloud platform offered by tech giant Google. It was launched in 2008, slightly younger than Amazon Web Services. Google Cloud runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses for it’s products, such as Google Search, Gmail and YouTube. They also offer cloud services like computing, data storage, data analytics, machine learning and more on a pay as you go basis.

How do you get started.

On both these cloud platforms you are required to register for account. But if you already have an amazon account you can simply sign in to amazon web services console and get started right away.

The same thing goes for Google Cloud, if you have a Google account or gmail account, you can access the Google Cloud console right aways and start the setup of your services right away.

One other thing you do to complete the sign up process is to confirm your credit card or bank account and you are good to go.


What is amazing with both these platforms is that, you don’t have to pay an upfront fee to get started using the services. Both offer a free period where new users can use and try out their services free of charge. Lets break down how this works on both platforms.

On Amazon Web Services.

They offer a free tier. It is broken down into three types of offers. The always free, 12 months free and trials.

With the always free offer, all amazon web services users have access to services/products which are always free to use but with limited capability. So along as a user does not go beyond the limits, they can use that service or product as long as their account is active on Amazon Web Services.

12 months free, new users are able to try out Amazon Web Services products free for twelve months with limits. So as long as you don’t exceed the limits, you are free to use the service free of charge for twelve months.

Trials, new users are free to try out Amazon Web Services products for shorter periods of time free of charge.

Note: When you exceed limits on any of the free service offer by amazon web services, you will charged for that amount.

On Google Cloud.

On Google Cloud, the free tier is given in terms of credit. Every new user to the Google Cloud Platform is given $300 to try out Google Cloud services for twelve months. You are pretty much free to try out any Google Cloud product without any limit and the amount will be charged to your free credit.

With Google cloud, you won’t be charged unless you manually upgrade your account after you use up your credit or your trial period ends.

Setting up

Setting up is all straight forward thanks to the bunch of tools that help speed up the configuration process. These tools can be accessed through market place; a tools on both platforms.

Setting up a website on both of these cloud platforms is actually also as simple thanks to one click install packages like bitnami. In my next post I will give you a step by step guide to installing a WordPress site site on both of these platforms.