Comparing Cloud Hosting Costs


Amazon AWS tends to be the most expensive in terms of infrastructure (IAAS) costs and DigitalOcean the cheaper, while GCP (Google Cloud Platform) is in the middle. Anyway the DigitalOcean price list is the simplest, while the Google‘s one is more structured but still transparent and discounts are applied automatically. Amazon Web Services looks cheap but sometimes with hidden costs, in addition the procedure of getting discounts for continue use is no way as simple as the Google’s automatic discounts approach.

DigitalOcean, to cut the price, has a do-it-youself approach, it provides virtual machines and basic funtionalites like DNS or additional disks, all the rest is left to the system administrator.

DigitalOcean requires more system administration work, while Amazon AWS can greatly redure the administration time

Amazon EC2 is free to try. There are four ways to pay for Amazon EC2 instances: On-Demand, Reserved Instances, and Spot Instances. You can also pay for Dedicated Hosts which provide you with EC2 instance capacity on physical servers dedicated for your use.


service provider GB/month
Block Storage w Rackspace Cloud $0.12
Cloud Files w Rackspace Cloud $0.1
Cloud Storage w Google Cloud Platform $0.026 (standard) / $0.02 (DRA1)
Data Lake Store w Microsoft Azure $0.04
Simple Storage Service (S3) w Amazon Web Services $0.03 (standard) / $0.0125 (infrequent)
Storage w Microsoft Azure $0.024 (LRS2) / $0.048 (GRS3) / $0.061 (RA-GRS4)
  1. Durable Reduced Availability
  2. Locally Redundant Storage
  3. Geographically Redundant Storage
  4. Read-Access Geographically Redundant Storage


For the specs and details, see Amazon Glacier, Cloud Storage Nearline by Google, and Azure Backup; and check also the archiving solutions these providers offer — Data Archive by AWS, and Backup and Archive by Azure.

service provider GB/month
Cloud Storage Nearline Google Cloud Platform $0.01 (storage) + $0.01 (retrieval)
Glacier w Amazon Web Services $0.007
Storage w Microsoft Azure $0.01 (LRS) / $0.02 (GRS) / $0.025 (RA-GRS)

Aside from storing and archiving, they provide more specific options, such as Amazon CloudFront targeted for building a content delivery network (CDN), same as Google’s Cloud CDN and Azure’s Content Delivery Network. But if you have more exotic requirements, make sure you check their sites.


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