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Question: Looking to compare Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure
Answer: We like Google Firebase hosting and authentication and also the excellent cloud functionality. Our team found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful. We also like that it has security rules to control database read/write operations in real time. We feel the stability and performance of Google Firebase to be very good. We feel it would be advantageous for Google Firebase to have capabilities to work offline. If Google Firebase had faster migration and support for more languages it would be a more attractive solution. Amazon AWS has been great in helping us move clients easily and seamlessly to the cloud and offers a wide range of cloud services within the growing AWS ecosystem. It interacts very well with on-premise data centers. You can scale up to an unlimited number of processes very quickly. They offer a price forecasting and billing dashboard broken down by service, with budgets and alerts that have helped us recognize and shut down services we no longer needed (thereby reducing costs), which has been a very big win for us overall. You really have to watch your costs for processes and such if you go with AWS, as they can add up very quickly. Also, although AWS is available globally, not all service centers offer every service, so it causes some functionality issues in different markets. Microsoft Azure is extremely scalable with the capability to build an environment quickly. The automation and agility of Microsoft Azure is very valuable. It offers a great information protection feature - you can create custom labels for different documents and files. This keeps data more organized and secure. Support with Microsoft Azure depends on the plan you purchase; lower-tier plans get limited support. Microsoft Azure can be a very expensive solution overall and can be complex to set up and manage. Integration with other products needs to be better. Microsoft Azure seems to be a bit slow in catching up with what other solutions have to offer. Conclusion: All of these solutions are very good and offer many of the same features and perform similar functions and capabilities. Although Google Firebase tends to be a slightly cheaper and more flexible option, at the end of the day it boils down to which ecosystem you or your client are more heavily vested with as each of these solutions has attributes that make them more valuable and more efficient within their prescribed ecosystem.
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"The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""It is quite easy to provision new virtual services for our use. The procedures are quite straightforward and simple as compared to other competitors, such as Microsoft or Huawei. This is what we are happy about with Amazon AWS. It is pretty mature in terms of the availability of most of the infrastructure components. If you want to deploy a server on your platform, everything is already there in terms of the operating system, network components, securities, and data encryption. It is also quite scalable and stable.""The scalability of the product is the solution's most valuable feature.""The product is highly scalable.""Works very quickly and is well managed.""I think Amazon AWS is easy to use, and it's a good service. I also like Amazon EKS because it's good.""The performance of AWS is excellent.""AWS's containerization is the most useful feature for us."

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"The product is rather stable. We haven't had any issues with it in that sense.""It's a great solution. It's so customizable. Every user can create dashboards to suit their needs. We can create and share them with our teammates easily, too.""The integration with Databricks is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""The initial setup is straightforward.""It is so huge and so powerful. The best thing is the possibilities of things that you can actually do with it. If you do it right, you can work or host your stuff a lot cheaper than traditionally. Its security is good, and it also reduces the strain on internal IT.""There are several products within Azure.""The system is more secure, and this is valuable.""The best feature in Microsoft Azure is that I don't have to change computers. I don't have to upgrade or if something breaks or a hard drive crashes. The lack of a physical aspect is the major feature for me."

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"The technical support can take longer than expected sometimes. They could improve on this.""There are some limitations for certain applications that happen regionally and it is an issue for us.""Its subscription model or pricing model is too complex, which should be improved.""The pricing of AWS is very unclear. They make it quite confusing.""There is no control of downtime.""Their support can be improved. In some cases, their support is not as proficient as it can be. They should be quicker at getting back.""Amazon support could be better.""The solution could offer better integration capabilities."

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"It could be more flexible. If you look at all Mircosoft products, they are not up to the mark. For example, Azure Ready doesn't provide the same kind of access a domain administrator has and the kind of flexibility that they have when using Active Directory. Microsoft support could be better. Their service could also be better. For example, specific policies for templates suddenly become unavailable. When I checked, they said that certain things might be withdrawn based on customer feedback. This happened once or twice, and it wasn't available at all for five days, it just went down.""The documentation can be outdated and is not as clear in Microsoft Azure as it is in AWS or Google.""I would say an improvement could be allowing for more external, third-party tools. However, I think that's their vision, how they develop the product.""The cost of the product is too high. It would be ideal if they could lower it a bit for their customers.""The diagnostics should have more logs.""Integration with other services could be much better.""Maybe Microsoft could improve its monitoring around the networking.""Because it has a lot of features, a person just coming into Microsoft Azure might feel that it is a bit complex."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's my understanding that our company is charged a few hundred dollars on a monthly basis."
  • "I find that Amazon AWS is expensive."
  • "The Oracle licensing is higher than it is with Amazon AWS."
  • "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."
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  • "The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually."
  • "Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers."
  • "The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS."
  • "Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy."
  • "It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
  • "The cost is a little high and can be more competitive."
  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
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    Overview

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon.com. 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.

    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 offers open across multiple frameworks,languages, and tools. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities are, catering for all 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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    Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 151 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 176 reviews. Amazon AWS is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Flexible, scales well, and offers good stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". Amazon AWS is most compared with OpenShift, SAP Cloud Platform, IBM Public Cloud, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Google App Engine, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase, IBM Public Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform. See our Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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