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Executive Summary
Updated on May 15, 2022

We performed a comparison between Amazon AWS and IBM Public Cloud based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions tell us the deployment process is simple, easy, and straightforward.
  • Features: Amazon AWS users say the solution is very efficient in helping to move clients easily to the cloud and offers a wide range of cloud services within the growing AWS ecosystem. The solution interacts well with on-premise data centers too. Users can scale easily up to an unlimited number of processes very quickly. Some users feel that although AWS is available globally, not all service centers offer every service, causing some functionality issues across different markets.

    IBM Public Cloud users tell us the solution is very predictable and dependable, providing excellent performance and stability. Many users say they appreciate the flexibility of the solution, as they can choose the hardware they want. Users feel IBM Public Cloud should offer more computing on par with other offerings in the marketplace. Many users would like to see improved customized reporting capabilities and believe the solution could be more secure.
  • Pricing: Even though Amazon AWS is a pay-as-you-go, on-demand structure, users feel the solution can still be expensive. IBM Public Cloud users feel the solution is priced well, and say the solution is significantly cheaper than other solutions.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the level of service and response received.

Comparison Results: Amazon AWS is the solution our users like best, due to its overall global reach and excellent responsive support. Additionally, the diversity of software tools available, lower operating costs, and excellent customer service make it a very complete solution.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud report (Updated: July 2022).
Buyer's Guide
Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Which would you prefer - Amazon AWS or IBM Public Cloud?
Answer: AWS, the main reason is the number of DC distributed arround the world
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Quotes From Members
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It's very user-friendly.""I like that the products are specific and objective. We can resolve a problem using a simple configuration. It's so easy to implement a solution and solve a problem using AWS solutions. AWS has a lot of specific solutions for different use cases. I think that this is the most important thing that made us consider using AWS.""AWS's containerization is the most useful feature for us.""One of the most valuable features is that Amazon AWS has a lot of data centers and regions where we can position our virtual machines for leverage. Amazon AWS is also easy to use. You can quickly spin up something, use Explorer, building proofs of concept, things like that. Once the proof of concept is built once and we know how things are going to look from a production perspective, we try to move everything to the data centers. These features and the ease of use are the main reasons why we use AWS.""The monitoring is the most valuable aspect of the product.""We write a lot of Lambda functions for various services, as well as serverless functions.""In general, the cost management in Amazon is complicated. It's not too straightforward.""One of the most valuable things about it, besides the stability, is that you can forget about infrastructure because you're just doing it on AWS. I remember the times before AWS and other cloud solutions existed, and it was a huge pain to get real hardware, put it inside, configure everything, report everything, and do a scale. It was very, very difficult compared to how it is now. Not even just AWS, but what all these cloud providers are doing, I would say, is a huge advancement in technology."

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"What I like most in IBM Public Cloud is how easy it is to create serverless functions. They are called IBM functions, but in AWS, they are called Lambda functions. Those are pretty standard, and another thing I like the most is that you have fewer restrictions on the amount of data you can transfer across those functions. IBM Public Cloud is way more flexible than AWS. I also like that IBM Public Cloud is pretty straightforward to integrate. As long as you have all the tools IBM provides you, getting everything up and running is straightforward.""I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good.""It is a scalable product. You can scale it up and down.""There is no installation for this product because it is a cloud product.""For non-complex applications, the IBM Cloud works fine and the price is much lower than the competitors.""It is easy to deploy what you need for the initial setup"

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"I think the price can be improved.""Some features may be better in Azure or some other portal. AWS could add some of those features.""Amazon tools are for more mature DevOps. The process and the Dev is very good, but it doesn't compare to the ease of using the Google Cloud Platform.""The pricing is something you have to watch. You really have to constantly optimize your costs for instances and things like that. That can become a job in itself to manage just from a budgeting standpoint.""The invoicing procedure of Amazon AWS needs to be improved. It can be difficult to manage.""Configuration could be simplified.""The price could be better.""Could be more user friendly and include additional applications."

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"An area for improvement in IBM Public Cloud is getting up-to-date information on how to set up everything. It's hard to find new documentation.""It could be more secure.""The product should offer more computing, similar to Amazon.""They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved.""The initial setup and the pricing are areas that need improvement.""While they have about 99% of what we need, the only exception, perhaps, was the push notification feature that was discontinued. They delayed the replacement product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think they've done a pretty good job with their pricing."
  • "Its price is kind of okay. When we do a migration from on-premises to the cloud, we typically use the lift-and-shift model. Based on the studies that we have done, cost savings are definitely there when we moved from on-premises to the cloud."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "There are many variables involved in pricing service in AWS and overall the pricing is a bit on the higher side."
  • "AWS is not an expensive product."
  • "AWS is expensive and the cost should be reduced."
  • "Amazon AWS is really cost-effective."
  • "Licensing is on a yearly basis. I believe we are satisfied with the current pricing. Otherwise, we would have switched to another vendor."
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  • "Pricing is not as fair as Amazon or Azure."
  • "In order to be competitive, you have to commit to a contract for at least one year, but you pay a fixed monthly fee."
  • "IBM Public Cloud is pretty cheap. They have an ongoing free tier that basically won't expire, so as long as your solution is small enough, you can have a test set that you can use for demos, which will cost you almost nothing."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewerAriful Mondal (FH)
    Real User

    I agree with Vik and Marcelo. 

    AWS cloud is more matured, but you would like to run some specific IBM business tools like document management, IBM Watson for AI, SPSS analytics then IBM Cloud should be preferred. 

    Vik Devdas - PeerSpot reviewerVik Devdas
    Real User

    Amazon AWS is superior to IBM public for several reasons. 

    The most important reason is the diversity of software tools, the geographic diversity and availability, lower operating costs and excellent customer service. All cloud companies are simply playing catch-up to AWS. 

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    Also Known As
    Amazon Web Services, AWS
    IBM Bluemix
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    Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by These services operate from 12 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as "EC2", and Amazon Simple Storage Service, also known as "S3". Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

    IBM Cloud is a full-stack cloud platform that spans public, private and hybrid environments. Build with a robust suite of advanced data and AI tools, and draw on deep industry expertise to help you on your journey to the cloud.

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    Sample Customers
    Pinterest, General Electric, Pfizer, Netflix, and Nasdaq.
    Uvionics Tech, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Alpha Modus, Inventive, Web Business Consulting, FindBrok, SilverHook Powerboats, United Way of Allegheny County
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Program Development Consultancy13%
    Political Organization13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise25%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in PaaS Clouds with 167 reviews while IBM Public Cloud is ranked 8th in PaaS Clouds with 6 reviews. Amazon AWS is rated 8.4, while IBM Public Cloud is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Flexible, scales well, and offers good stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Public Cloud writes "Reliable, easy to set up, and has helpful support". Amazon AWS is most compared with Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud Platform, OpenShift, Linode and Oracle Cloud Platform, whereas IBM Public Cloud is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Platform, OpenShift, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Dell ECS. See our Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud report.

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