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GoDaddy vs AWS

Last updated: Author Scott Whatley

In March 2016, GoDaddy announced their official entrance on the cloud market, an event which, according to many, meant that GoDaddy vs AWS would finally be a race on equal terms. Less than two years from this announcement, GoDaddy shut down their cloud business and, another six months afterwards, migrated most of their infrastructure to AWS. The race for cloud hosting was thus concluded.

Otherwise, from a hardware perspective, GoDaddy and AWS are quite similar. Whether you choose GoDaddy or AWS is entirely dependent on your expertise. Amazon’s services are intended for advanced users and people who can easily manage back-end development, while GoDaddy is a better option for those who are still trying to figure out their web hosting goals and needs.

The way I see it, GoDaddy is something of a local restaurant who purchased the rights to the operations of a successful international fast food company. If you’re looking for a nice place to grab lunch right now, there’s isn’t much of an AWS vs GoDaddy competition. However, if you want to grow a business of your own and believe that your organization will need more and more resources, it makes more sense to consider AWS.

GodaddyAmazon AWS
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $100 consumable
BandwidthUnlimitedper Instance
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
IP Address15
Uptime offer0.9941
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SuppportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonAmazon Inc.
Year Founded19972006
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseWeb and Appliction Startups

As you can see from the comparison between these two services, they are essentially competing for different markets. GoDaddy will give you some of the benefits of AWS’s scale and pricing, as well as their own support services. AWS’s customers are primarily businesses, but, unless you really know what you’re doing, you should probably put a pin in their offer until you get more information on what you need and how you can get it.

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