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Solution Comparison for AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure Native Cost Optimization Tools

Published: 11 December 2019

ID: G00448108

Analyst(s): Brian Adler, Marco Meinardi


To effectively manage and optimize their public cloud spend, infrastructure and operations technical professionals must utilize tools to support this ongoing effort. This research assesses and compares the capabilities of the native cost optimization tools of the leading public cloud providers.

Table Of Contents

Solution Comparison

  • Solutions Examined

Solution Assessments

  • Amazon Web Services
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Google Cloud Platform
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Microsoft Azure
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses

Additional Guidance

  • Identify and Eliminate Idle/Unused Resources
  • Develop and Implement Schedules for Nonpersistent Workloads
  • Evaluate and Consider Reservation Purchases
  • Utilize Appropriate Object Storage Tiers
  • Match Workload Requirements to Appropriate Compute and Storage Resources (“Rightsize”)
  • Develop a Repeatable Cost Optimization Process

Methodology and Criteria

  • Methodology
    • Definitions
    • Criteria

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