Ditch server maintenance with serverless computing! Dive into our head-to-head comparison of AWS Fargate's renowned deployment prowess, Google Cloud Run's cutting-edge scalability, and the seamless integration of Iron.io's IronWorker that bridges the gap between these giants. As serverless solutions continue to reshape the industry, it's crucial to explore which titan—or perhaps a combination—best fits your future. Dive in to find out!
3 key takeaways from the article:
- AWS Fargate and Google Cloud Run are both serverless container platforms, offering easy deployment and scaling of applications.
- Fargate provides more granular control over resources, while Cloud Run emphasizes simplicity and speed.
- Pricing differs, with Fargate charging for vCPU and memory, and Cloud Run based on CPU/memory usage and request count.
What Is Serverless Computing?
Serverless computing, including renowned solutions like IronWorker, is nothing new. In fact, we’ve been writing about it for some time. In 2012 we predicted in a guest post on "Read Write" that future software would go “serverless,” and that remains true. The promise is simple yet profound: develop scalable apps, microservices, and systems without the hassle of infrastructure management.
About AWS Fargate
AWS is Amazon’s cloud platform for container management. It was originally developed to solve the problem of tedious management and configuration required by Amazon’s Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). Fargate helped to ease that management load on DevOps and let developers get back to developing.
AWS Fargate is a powerful computing option that comes highly rated. Some of its features:
- Ability to launch multiple containers at once.
- Runs in the AWS public cloud, and plays well with the rest of the Amazon Web Service (AWS) ecosystem.
- Use EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) to run Kubernetes pods.
- Can be configured to auto-scale with Horizontal or Vertical Pod Autoscale.
This platform is used by several companies such as Vanguard, Foursquare, Ancestry, and National Australia Bank.
Pricing is on an as-needed basis, and varies by requested vCPU and memory.
About Google Cloud Run
Cloud Run service is Google’s serverless offering used by companies like MailChimp, Airbus, and MediaMarktSaturn. Some of the features it boasts include:
- Increased scalability. Auto-scaling and scale-to-zero functionality right out of the box.
- Ability to build REST APIs with ease.
- Works with any programming language or library.
- Ability to map services to your own custom domains.
- Choose between Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) or a fully managed service
Google includes a list of use cases here.
Pricing is a little more complex but based on CPU usage, memory, and requests. There’s also a free tier.
Serverless with IronWorker
"I don't have to worry about whether to scale more servers. It's done automatically by Iron, which is key for us and obviously why we love it."
Greg Avola, Chief Creative Officer at Untappd
“The team at Iron.io has been a great partner for us for building our ETL pipeline. Their worker platform gives us a quick and easy mechanism for deploying and managing all our Ruby workers. They have excellent dashboards for reporting worker status, giving us great visibility over the current state of our pipeline.”
Harlow Ward, Lead developer at HotelTonight
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AWS Fargate vs. Google Cloud Run: Comparison and Reviews
Fargate enjoys a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on G2. It also scores a 9.1 in ease of use and 8.2 in quality of support, but the latter ranks just below the industry average.
Reviewers generally like the fast deployment time and ease of management. One mentioned in a 5-star review, “...it removes the administration and overthinking that you would do in any other scenario, ...It's super easy to monitor and all the logs are available right in the...dashboard.”
Other users note that it plays well with microservices.
Google Cloud Run
Cloud Run has a 4.5 out of 5-star rating on the same website, but as the latest entrant to the serverless market, it has fewer reviews. One reviewer noted an advantage: "We already package code in Docker containers so using Cloud Run is easy."
The New Stack in one article notes that Cloud Run delivers on developer experience, but a major drawback is that it can only deploy one container at a time.
IronWorker: The Balanced Serverless Solution
While AWS Fargate and Google Cloud Run offer powerful features, IronWorker stands out for its optimal balance of ease-of-use, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. Not to mention, it integrates seamlessly with both AWS and Google Cloud platforms, offering the best of both worlds.
Both Cloud Run and Fargate present solid options, but the right choice comes down to what’s more important to you. Cloud Run comes out ahead in developer experience and pricing options, but falls short in deploying power. Fargate excels in deployment options but requires more configuring compared to Cloud Run, particularly with scalability.
It should also be noted that Google’s entrant to the serverless computing market is much younger and can be subject to significant changes in the future. But depending on your current workflows and whether you're using Docker containers, you may find Cloud Run easier to use.
Amidst these options, don't overlook the adaptive prowess of Iron.io's IronWorker. Providing a harmonious balance between ease-of-use, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, IronWorker seamlessly complements both AWS and Google Cloud platforms, ensuring you get the best of all worlds. Ready to redefine your serverless journey? Explore IronWorker and experience serverless computing without compromises.