Amazon AWS vs IBM Public Cloud comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on May 15, 2022

Categories and Ranking

Amazon AWS
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) (2nd)
IBM Public Cloud
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
IoT Platforms (5th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the PaaS Clouds category, the mindshare of Amazon AWS is 13.7%, down from 20.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of IBM Public Cloud is 2.2%, down from 4.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
PaaS Clouds
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Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)
IoT Platforms

Q&A Highlights

Oct 16, 2021

Featured Reviews

Oct 24, 2022
Great EC2, simple storage, and good security
We have found the Elastic Cloud Compute service (EC2) as well as the simple storage solution (S3) to be the most valuable aspects of the solution. We deploy our core application and our integration platform on AWS EC2 instances. These applications contain multiple containerized Python Django applications, which need to scale up and down dynamically. They also need to be secure to prevent unwanted bad actors from using our AWS compute instances for malicious activity. Finally, we find the S3 buckets to be quite valuable. S3 allows us to securely store large customer files without fear of them being compromised, changed, lost, or corrupted.
May 10, 2022
Cheaper, more flexible, straightforward to integrate, and creates serverless functions easily
In general, you have fewer options to configure in IBM Public Cloud than in AWS because Azure is another thing. This is one area for improvement in the solution. Another 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, and you'll end up getting it from the web, but once you get it, everything in terms of setting up the solution is pretty straightforward. What would be nice to see in the next release of IBM Public Cloud is increasing the capability of the serverless functions, for example, having the capability to run more RAM-intensive or more memory-intensive applications from the top. There are still some restrictions, but those are the same restrictions that are almost everywhere in other solutions. Those are pretty standard, but it would be great if there could be an improvement in that area.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"Amazon AWS is good in terms of deployment and user experience. Their certificate management and load balancer are also good features."
"The whole solution is well designed and AWS has decent documentation, which is not to be taken for granted. I've also found that AWS is easy to use."
"Using AWS is really helpful for saving costs."
"Provisioning and resource administration include billing dashboards, which are very extensive."
"It improves the speed for us to access vendors."
"I am very impressed by the solution's stability."
"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."
"Technical support has been great."
"The beauty of cloud service providers, especially public cloud service providers, is that they are scalable every time when you need them because their payment model is pay-as-you-go."
"This product is very good because it is accessible in remote locations, and anyone can deploy from any place."
"It's straightforward, has a good environment and is cost-effective."
"One of the features that I really like about IBM Cloud is the flexibility where you can order your own hardware."
"The most valuable feature of IBM Public Cloud is the AI integrations."
"The availability is second to none. Customer support is very good."
"It is easy to deploy what you need for the initial setup"
"This is a predictable and dependable service."


"The response time of technical support could be better."
"The interface could be improved."
"There was some new learning in terms of IOPS on the EBS storage. The concept of burstable IOPS was new and we did have a few outages when we ran out of IOPS."
"Many of our clients prefer in-house cloud rather than the application data sitting in the infrastructure owned and managed by Amazon."
"AWS could be more scalable."
"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 is a very poor product for students. Microsoft Azure is a better solution."
"As a result of the competency, I believe that most people are now leaning toward Azure rather than AWS."
"The solution’s pricing could 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."
"They could improve on customizing reporting capabilities."
"It could be more secure."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly deployment process in the next release of this solution."
"They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved."
"The product should offer more computing, similar to Amazon."
"The deployment can be a bit of a pain. There are a lot of packages and a lot of options and it can require complex configuration to get it right."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"As a startup business, it's very well priced, but if a number of transactions go up, clients have voiced that they are in a situation and feel a type of pressure and desire to move out of AWS."
"AWS IaaS is a very generic service, which is extremely overpriced.​"
"You are not paying a licensing fee, you pay for consumption."
"When you compare Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure, the pricing of both is almost the same. There are some instances when one is cheaper than the other in one area but it is difficult to pinpoint which one is cheaper because it depends upon a lot of factors, such as the use case. However, the overall price of both solutions could be reduced."
"We are on an annual subscription for Amazon AWS."
"Billing for cloud services can be difficult at times."
"We need to pay for everything. If someone is a personal user, they get one year free. But if you are using this as a professional or enterprise solution, then your company has to pay. The license pricing is comparable to that of competitors'."
"Amazon AWS is on the cheaper side, as their pricing is more competitive. There are no additional costs besides the license. However, Azure sells Microsoft licenses, so they have an advantage."
"IBM has a lesser price compared to other cloud service providers like Azure and AWS."
"The licensing fees are straightforward and predictable."
"On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a nine out of ten."
"Pricing is not as fair as Amazon or Azure."
"We are using the trial version of this solution, so we have not paid anything."
"In order to be competitive, you have to commit to a contract for at least one year, but you pay a fixed monthly fee."
"The price of IBM Cloud is very cheap compared to competitors AWS and Azure."
"It pretty much has a standard price. There is no hidden price with IBM Public Cloud."
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Answers from the Community

Oct 16, 2021
Oct 16, 2021
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.
2 out of 3 answers
Oct 12, 2021
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. 
Oct 14, 2021
AWS, the main reason is the number of DC distributed arround the world

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Questions from the Community

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What needs improvement with IBM Cloud?
The front end is not pervasive, so it is very difficult get the status of your current services or account from a mobile device.
What do you like most about IBM Public Cloud?
The most valuable feature of IBM Public Cloud is the AI integrations.

Also Known As

Amazon Web Services, AWS
IBM Bluemix



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