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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: September 2022).
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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
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Technical support is quite helpful.""AWS has a lot of flexibility, which is great.""Macie is great. It is a service that makes recommendations on a data layer for cybersecurity. It is a great service.""Amazon AWS is easy to use and in the past two years, I've never had any issues with scalability or stability.""The most valuable features I have found are the Database Migration Service (DMS) for monitoring the host and routing, Route 53, and EC2 tools. The DMS is not available in any other solution that I am aware of. They have a very flexible and professional solution.""The most valuable feature is the backup ability. Most people are used to one type of backup solution that they're using, but most of these solutions have features that make it difficult to transfer to the cloud. I know that Veeam now gives people the opportunity to backup some on-premises solutions to the cloud. This feature is something that a lot of people are looking for.""The solution scales very nicely.""The main reason why we use EC2 is because we are not dependent on maintaining the hardware inside our premises. Also, we have full control over the infrastructure, and we can modify it as per our own requirements."

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"For non-complex applications, the IBM Cloud works fine and the price is much lower than the competitors.""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.""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.""It is easy to deploy what you need for the initial setup""It's straightforward, has a good environment and is cost-effective.""I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good."

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"I also use Google Cloud GCP and AWS cannot directly use the Azure EC2 consult. They could add that feature. Direct connection to the EC2 console server would be very useful.""Its price should be lower. The price for in-house usage should be different from production usage.""A person with no AWS experience might find it overwhelming at first.""I'd like to see AWS implement consolidated billing for businesses operating under one group. We want to consolidate the functionalities but keep the billing separate. That is a challenge we've faced, and I feel it's something they can improve on. For example, maybe you have three businesses that are operating under one group, and you want each entity to have a separate bill for the respective workload that they're using.""Amazon AWS could improve on security.""I don't have complaints. Previously, we asked for more end-to-end workshops, examples, and tutorials and these have been added and improved.""Our use case is limited to virtual services and RPA development. We are not using it quite heavily, and there are not many issues or problems so far. However, it would be great if it could be integrated with more AI features and proactive monitoring. It could also have more automatic capacity expansion features. For example, when renting out some space, memory, or computing power, the service can have the capacity to expand by itself without being manually handled by us.""Amazon AWS is a very poor product for students. Microsoft Azure is a better solution."

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"They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved.""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.""It could be more secure.""It will be challenging to implement if you do not have any experience.""The initial setup and the pricing are areas that need improvement.""The product should offer more computing, similar to Amazon.""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."

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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
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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 Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Program Development Consultancy13%
    Political Organization13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,325 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in PaaS Clouds with 167 reviews while IBM Public Cloud is ranked 10th in PaaS Clouds with 7 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, Google Cloud and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. See our Amazon AWS vs. IBM Public Cloud report.

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