We performed a comparison between Alibaba Cloud and Microsoft Azure based on real PeerSpot user reviews.Find out in this report how the two Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"The installation is easy."
"It is a scalable product. So, scaling up or scaling down is possible."
"We use the product for storage and as a VPN."
"Alibaba support is responsive. When we create tickets in the Alibaba portal, they usually respond online or call me in five minutes."
"We use the solution to run VMs."
"It's easy to use, cheaper than other solutions, and more secure."
"It is easy to set up."
"Alibaba Cloud allows for easy setup of mirror sites and backup servers, ensuring data redundancy and high availability."
"Databricks is really nice because you have the power to process lots of data and you can create queries and provide big analysis for the business using a robust cluster."
"The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."
"In Azure, everything is pretty straightforward. Once you know it, the platform is very easy to use."
"It is stable and scalable."
"In terms of managing and configuring infrastructures, Azure is fairly good."
"It is easy to deploy."
"The advantage of Microsoft Azure is its simplicity. It's easy to launch a project. However, the problem with this kind of solution is the reliability for the customers. You have to be sure to stay with Microsoft."
"Azure Data Lake is useful. We are in the process of populating the data lake for our current project. Also, we are directly importing for Power BI to using PowerPlay."
"Users use websites as a tutorial. However, the Alibaba Cloud website has the content, and the scripts are copied from Amazon Web Services. We had received customer feedback where the customer asked us to get formulate original content instead of copying from Amazon Web Services. It’s very odd and awkward."
"The solution should have more integration."
"The solution name is not favorable in some markets and could cause us some problems gaining customers."
"It is not robust."
"I think that sometimes the customer service for Alibaba Cloud is inefficient.... Sometimes it's hard to reach out to them."
"The solution needs to improve its graphical user interface."
"Alibaba Cloud's initial setup is somewhat complex."
"Alibaba Cloud has some problems related to latency and connection issues. If you go for a cloud solution provider, you will need to access the Internet, which may result in latency and bandwidth issues, leading to slowness in operations."
"I would recommend some enhancement regarding integration features."
"The solution must improve its pricing."
"I would like it if Microsoft communicated better about upcoming changes before they roll them out. Sometimes when Microsoft implements changes, they don't notify the users promptly enough. I would like to know about new features, especially Office 365."
"Its costing can be improved. There should be better cost management."
"The security of the solution could always be much better."
"The management portal can be confusing sometimes. We have difficulty navigating the menus because the terminology is unclear, especially when referring to the content or actionable items."
"It would be beneficial if Microsoft could enhance the free version to allow for more exploration and development. That's my only suggestion regarding Azure."
"Microsoft Azure could improve by having more virtual machine operating systems available."
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.
Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform, where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.
Windows Azure works across multiple frameworks and languages. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities with elements of application development, deployment, and management.
Azure is comprised of several different service modules, including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.
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"It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.
“You can build an environment in minutes. It's very good in terms of being an infrastructure as a service, and I found that really fascinating,” says an information technology consultant at a computer software company.
"I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are," says an enterprise architect at an energy/utilities company.
Marco C., Ing. at Wolters Kluwer, says "The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is it has everything together in one place. It is one large tool with lots of small tools that are updated often," says the owner of a media company.
Alibaba Cloud is ranked 7th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 10 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 75 reviews. Alibaba Cloud is rated 7.8, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Alibaba Cloud writes "Good storage, great for smaller companies, and has impressive support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". Alibaba Cloud is most compared with Google Cloud, Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud, Google Firebase and DigitalOcean, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, IBM Public Cloud and Heroku. See our Alibaba Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure report.
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