A few days back, Google launched Google Compute Engine cloud, which will provide hosted Linux virtual machines. I was curious to compare the pricing between Google Compute and Amazon EC2.
For comparison, I have used on-demand EC2 Linux instances hosted in Virginia. Other locations (US West, Cali, APEC) have identical or higher pricing.
Overall, Google Cloud has better pricing and you get more 'bang for the buck', so it will prove to be a formidable competitor to Amazon EC2:
The sticking points that need to be resolved before widespread adoption will be:
1. Will Google Cloud have better stability than EC2, which has recently been plagued by outages?
2. Will Google eventually provide Windows instances?
3. Will Google stick with its initial pricing or raise prices down the road as it did with Google App Engine?
4. Do customers feel Google provides better security than EC2?