Which is cheaper for your work — Amazon or Google Cloud? Ask Cloudyn

Google Compute Engine vs. Amazon EC2

Cloudyn, which has offered a cloud monitor and cost allocation service for Amazon Web Services, is adding support for Google Compute Engine. Not only that, it will look at your workloads and advise you when it might be cheaper to run it in, say, Google vs. AWS or vice versa, the first of several cloud monitoring and cost analysis companies to offer that capability, said Cloudyn CEO Sharon Wagner.

This is the latest sign that while Google’s cloud may be a feisty upstart compared to market leader Amazon, it’s getting some good looks from third-party partners and customers. Rightscale, a multi-cloud analysis and monitoring system was early to this game, not only supporting Google cloud last year but becoming an early reseller.

But back to Cloudyn. It’s done the research, Wagner told me. “We took 500 clients from our installed base and looked at how they could benefit from Google Compute Engine and found 53 percent of them could,” he said.

cloudyn dataThat’s a pretty healthy percentage, but there are some caveats. First, Cloudyn looked only at customers using basic AWS services — EC2, S3 storage etc, not the higher-end services like RedShift data warehousing. Second, AWS did much better when customers used AWS Reserved Instances — which are cheaper than on-demand instances because customers commit to them for 1- or 3-year periods. Google does not offer such long-term discounts. (Yet.)

And Google, which charges by the minute while AWS charges by the hour, may be the better choice for lots of big data analytics workloads that tend to spin up and down fast. Sixty-five percent of MapReduce jobs are done in less than two hours, Sharon said.

Cloudyn’s new GCE module provides the same analytics, aggregate data findings as its AWS cousin and will be offered as a free 3-month trial. The company plans to add a module for OpenStack-based clouds next; there are no plans for a Microsoft Windows Azure version.

If customers can save money moving their work from cloud to cloud, they can use services like Scalr or Dell’s Enstratius to do so, or figure out their own transit strategy.

Cloudyn competes with a handful of cloud monitoring and costing vendors including Cloudability, RightScale and Newvem, now part of Datapipe, that tend to leapfrog each other in capabilities, so stay tuned.

But the bigger story here is that a growing number of would-be customers — and ecosystem vendors — see Google Cloud as the real deal. Slowly but surely, Google — the search engine company — is convincing skeptics that it’s in this whole public cloud area for real.

And that has got to be sparking some concerns up in Seattle.

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