No two clouds are the same, and that could not be more true when it comes to pricing models. Cloud pricing has long been a challenge for IT managers to calculate or understand – some offerings bundle certain components, while others lean towards more granular purchasing. Pricing structures are built on a multitude of factors, from storage space to CPU cycles to traffic utilization.So when Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the first week of the new year with an announcement reducing prices by up to 5% for certain cloud configurations running Linux, many IT managers questioned how the competitor pricing spectrum would be affected.However, Google has tested and compiled data showing that comparable Google Cloud Platform (GCP) instances are still between 15 percent and 41 percent less expensive than AWS. How is this possible?*You might have noticed that the price is a little closer for high-memory instance types: AWS provides a particularly high ratio of ram to CPU on these, so for our comparison instance we’re using one with 4 cores rather than 2… and it’s still over 15% less expensive.Miles Ward, Google’s Global Head of Solutions for Google Cloud Platform, explained in a blog post that while AWS price cuts may seem beneficial on the surface, customers are often locked into contracts, aren’t eligible for new rates, or are stuck with instances that they no longer need.Ward explains, “We designed Google Cloud Platform pricing to be as flexible and beneficial to our customers as possible. You’re not required to make a long-term commitment to a price, machine class or region ahead of time. Our combination of lower list prices, sustained use discounting, no prepaid lock-in, per-minute billing, Preemptible VM’s and Custom Machine Types offers a structural price advantage that’s unmatched in the industry.”As an example of the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of GCP, click here for walkthrough of how our team created a dev/test environment in Google Cloud Platform to collect, store, process, and present information – all for a cost of $0.01.Pay less, compute more! Contact SADA Systems, Google Cloud Premier Partner and Google Cloud Platform Reseller, for a free assessment to see how you can get started with GCP.