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Alibaba Cloud vs. Google Firebase
July 2022
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Pros
"Flexibility and costs were probably the most important thing for us. The cost was one of the big factors for choosing Alibaba Cloud relative to other cloud solutions, especially in Asia""The installation is easy.""Alibaba support is responsive. When we create tickets in the Alibaba portal, they usually respond online or call me in five minutes.""Feature-wise, it provides many features. ECS, VM, SP, bucket object storage, and databases are the most valuable."

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"Google Firebase is one I like a lot because it gives us a little bit more power and accessibility when it comes to publishing apps a lot quicker and for the needs that we have.""The solution is stable.""If there's data added to the solution, there's a good record of it so it's easy to track everything.""I love Firebase's notifications, crash analytics, and bug tracking. It gives you detailed reporting about app usage and users.""The most valuable features of Google Firebase have been Analytics, Remote Config, and Crashlytics. Additionally, a lot of companies have used push notifications which is important. There is little maintenance required.""What I like most about Google Firebase is that it's one of the easier options to host a website or app quickly."

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Cons
"From the improvement point of view, there are lots of issues that we are facing. In all the areas, it seems like it is not mature. For example, a customer wants to provision some VM that has many configurations. If I want to show the price to the customer, it is very challenging. The SDK that Alibaba has provided is very limited. We can have the pricing for VM, but we cannot have pricing for RDS databases or some other services. This is a big concern area for us. They should put more effort into the SDKs or APIs that they provide, for example, pricing APIs or pricing SDK. They do not provide support for most of the services they provide. For example, if I want to get the price of MongoDB, that SDK is not available from Alibaba. Similarly, robust API support is required for S3, which is OSS or Object Storage, so that we can read the data in a faster manner, for example, in chunks. We have raised many issues with the Alibaba support team, and they have been fixing the issues after we report them.""Alibaba Cloud's initial setup is somewhat complex.""The solution should have more integration.""The majority of the tools and processes, in general, have a lot of room for improvement."

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"The solution could improve by providing an improved SDK tool and automatic indexing for databases.""The only thing that I won't do on Firebase is the hosting side of things for a progressive web app because it feels like you actually still need to download the app first before you can actually get into the functionality of the app.""Firebase's real-time information isn't technically real-time. It takes a while to upload user activity into the app. It's not as fast as Datadog, the other solution we use.""The solution needs to offer capabilities to work offline. Like Firestore, we should be able to do insertion, updating, and deletion offline.""I would like to see faster data migration and some support for other languages in the next release.""Google Firebase could improve the ability to create our own reports, other than what's available on the dashboard. For example, if we want to customize the report or export the data, this is a large task."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I don't know the exact cost. It is cheaper than AWS."
  • "I'm not sure about the exact pricing, but let's just say if it cost a dollar for Amazon AWS, it was closer to 70 to 80 cents for Alibaba Cloud."
  • "We cut our costs significantly by migrating our infrastructure to the cloud. Alibaba Cloud employs a pay-as-you-go model, so that minimizes many costs for us."
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  • "The pricing component is a bit confusing when it comes to what exactly you'll pay for, but I wouldn't say it's expensive."
  • "The moment you go into volumes, then you work on a pay-per-volume basis."
  • "The price of Google Firebase is very good."
  • "We are using the free version of Google Firebase."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution should have more integration.
    Top Answer:We moved our internal system from the physical server to an Alibaba Cloud instance. And we use a PPM system or some internal system like Salesforce that we migrated over from the physical server to… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
    Top Answer:We like Google Firebase hosting and authentication and also the excellent cloud functionality. Our team found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful… more »
    Top Answer:I love Firebase's notifications, crash analytics, and bug tracking. It gives you detailed reporting about app usage and users.
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    Overview

    Alibaba Cloud offers a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support growing enterprises worldwide, including data storage, relational databases, big-data processing, and content delivery networks.

    Google Firebase is a stable, reliable, and scalable mobile platform that enables you to quickly develop apps, accelerate them, and monitor their performance.

    With Google Firebase You Can

    • Build and run successful apps
    • Scale globally
    • Monitor app quality and performance with little effort
    • Boost user engagement

    Google Firebase Features:

    • Crashlytic
    • Automatic updates
    • Fast and easy deployment
    • Access to Cloud Firestore
    • Multi-platform sign-in authentication
    • Flexible drop-in UI
    • Real-time database
    • Remote configuration
    • Firebase machine learning
    • Cloud messaging
    • Advanced message targeting
    • Push messages
    • Error monitoring

    SDKs supported by Google Firebase:

    • Web SDK
    • iOS SDK
    • Android SDK
    • Admin SDK

    Benefits of Google Firebase:

    • Fast implementation: Google Firebase makes it possible for you to set up your authentication system quickly, using minimal code.
    • Comprehensive security: With Google Firebase, your systems remain secured; It is backed by Google Sign-in, Chrome Password Manager, and also Smart Lock.
    • Machine learning capabilities: Firebase offers machine learning capabilities that help you deploy and train custom models.
    • Eliminate the need to manage servers: Because Google Firebase offers cloud functions, it enables you to run your mobile backend code without having to also manage your servers.
    • Authentication for any platform: Google’s Firebase authentication makes the sign-in process easier by providing an end-to-end identity solution that works with any platform.
    • Customized notifications: With cloud messaging, you can customize alerts, defining how and when they are sent, what sounds they should make, and can also select the expiration date for each message. In addition, it gives you the ability to track custom conversion events.
    • Fast and secure web hosting: Firebase makes it possible for you to have easy and secure web hosting with fast content delivery. Firebase hosting also provides free SSL certificates.
    • Cloud storage: With Google Firebase you have access to cloud storage that supports robust uploads and downloads, can handle user-generated content, and provides simple and intuitive access control.
    • Developer-friendly: Developers prefer to use Firebase because it lets them focus on creating frontend code for mobile applications rather than having to concentrate on backend code.

    Reviews from Real Users

    PeerSpot user Nilakshi S., technical team lead at AuthentiCode says, “The solution is very stable and very reliable. There aren't any bugs or glitches.”

    "What I like most about Google Firebase is that it's one of the easier options to host a website or app quickly," says Craig F., application development manager at a financial services firm.

    A senior developer at a consultancy says, “The documentation for Google Firebase is great. Also, what I like about it is the integration to Android, which is the reason I went with Firebase.”

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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Educational Organization8%
    Retailer6%
    REVIEWERS
    University29%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Retailer14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization6%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Alibaba Cloud vs. Google Firebase
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Alibaba Cloud vs. Google Firebase and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Alibaba Cloud is ranked 12th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 4 reviews while Google Firebase is ranked 6th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 6 reviews. Alibaba Cloud is rated 6.8, while Google Firebase is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Alibaba Cloud writes "A flexible and affordable cloud solution, but customer support could be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Google Firebase writes "Drastically reduces processing time, good record keeping, and regularly updated". Alibaba Cloud is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud and SAP S4HANA on AWS, whereas Google Firebase is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud, DigitalOcean and Linode. See our Alibaba Cloud vs. Google Firebase report.

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