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.
"It is easy to set up."
"It's easy to use, cheaper than other solutions, and more secure."
"Alibaba support is responsive. When we create tickets in the Alibaba portal, they usually respond online or call me in five minutes."
"The installation is easy."
"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"
"What's good about Alibaba Cloud is its database service. It's also good in the virtual machine area."
"We have found the most valuable feature to be the pricing calculator."
"Installation is easy as it's cloud-based. Performance is good. It's stable and scalable."
"The performance is good."
"The pricing is quite good, and it is designed as pay-per-use."
"The solution is very flexible, it is not limited to Microsoft solutions. It integrates well with other solutions, such as Oracle. There are a lot of templates we are able to use allowing us to reduce the time for configuration."
"Offers many data security features including securing network access."
"The most valuable features I have found to be the auto-scaling feature and the interface."
"Azure is stable. I don't have any problems with it."
"The flexibility of the solution could be improved."
"It is not robust."
"Alibaba Cloud's initial setup is somewhat complex."
"The solution should have more integration."
"A big area for improvement in Alibaba Cloud is its support. Another area for improvement in Alibaba Cloud is SDK-based service because sometimes, the SDKs don't work correctly. Support for API-based services also needs improvement in Alibaba Cloud because, at the moment, it's not that stable."
"The majority of the tools and processes, in general, have a lot of room for improvement."
"You don't get support from Microsoft very easily as compared to other solutions."
"With Microsoft, our only concern is exchange rates because we're paying in dollars. It's very expensive for us because of the exchange rates. It would help if they partnered with someone locally so we can pay in our local currency."
"We use Microsoft Server 2019 and 2016. And I didn't like the 2019 client, so we had to downgrade back to 2016. The main issue there was its monitoring system. Our client needed an alternative, and if they were using more Windows products, they also needed to make that downgrade."
"Its pricing should be better. In terms of features, I am yet to explore the whole solution, and the current features seem okay."
"They need to make storage easy and offer more interconnectivity between solutions."
"An issue I encountered was around the integration of Identity. I lost some important information and I would like to see improvements with this."
"Compared with other cloud solution providers, Microsoft is not good at local support."
"The pricing needs to be a bit lower. It's an expensive solution right now."
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.
OmarJ., future datacenter consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud at a tech company, adds that "The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."
“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 9th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 144 reviews. Alibaba Cloud is rated 7.6, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4. 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 Microsoft Azure writes "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". Alibaba Cloud is most compared with Google Cloud, Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, Oracle Cloud and DigitalOcean, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, SAP Cloud Platform and VMware Tanzu Application Service. See our Alibaba Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure report.
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