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We performed a comparison between Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure Object Storage based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Public Cloud Storage Services solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The scalability of Amazon S3 is good.""I don't have any problems with the solution. It's issue-free.""The most valuable features of Amazon S3 are the global availability, resiliency, and ease of access control.""Technical support is excellent.""It is easy to manage and easy to understand.""Easy to use, very intuitive, fast, and quite flexible.""Enables content sharing by multiple users.""Amazon S3 is reliable."

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"The best thing is it's on the cloud. It's easily accessible to everyone through a mobile device, tablet, or laptop. Secondly, it's secure. Like any URL shared will not work after a few hours. Only the person concerned who has that URL can use it within a few hours to download the document. After that, it expires. Thirdly, we all keep an archive. For example, if there are old documents, they are still stored over there. Another nice Azure feature is that they have the regional set up for that storage, and there's no downtime, and I'm grateful for that. We don't have to worry, because it's secure. If something goes down, they have other copies of it on a separate server, and it's accessible.""Object Storage's best features are the soft delete option and the retention period.""This product is very reliable and all of the security that our client requires is available.""It's easy to use.""The file retention and object retention have been most valuable.""The solution offers good documentation.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure Object Storage is its ease of use.""Technical support has been excellent."

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"Amazon S3 could improve by being more secure.""Amazon S3 could improve the limitation on how much data can be stored.""The solution could improve by having a simpler way to have the detail size of a file in the CLI to be read or understood easier. Today, it's a little raw in the way the details are presented. You have to make some scripts and some modifications to be able to see the information properly of the size of a given bucket or the size of a file.""Technical support could have a faster response time.""Amazon S3 could improve the performance reports. It would be a benefit if they were more comprehensive.""Could include some additional security features.""I would also like S3 to have the ability to do dynamic websites without the need to do reconfigurations outside of S3. You should be able to switch on dynamic websites in S3, and then it works. I shouldn't need to go elsewhere within Amazon Web Services to get a dynamic website to work.""Amazon S3 could improve by providing some type of storage notification."

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"Technical support should be a little bit faster.""The setup process could always be a bit easier.""The solution needs to improve the custom domain integration with static web pages. Even though Blog Storage is providing the static content hosting feature, due to the custom domain availability, the integration is not available. In most cases, we withdraw from that service and use our app service to host our static data feeds.""Currently, the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer is just a Windows app. I don't know if it's available on mobile, such as iOS or Android. I don't know if the app is mobile-friendly. It should be mobile-friendly.""Microsoft Azure Object Storage has had a number of failures last week due to the lack of hardware available to support the resources. However, it was only for a short time, approximately two days.""We have experienced a data copy bottleneck with the AZ copy using Microsoft Azure Object Storage, this should improve. It has high CPU consumption. There are a couple of ways to copy files fast, we have tried a few ways. Other than AZ copy, we can use Azure Fluent Storage, which also takes a lot of time to copy files. The AZ copy is faster but it takes a lot of time and CPU operations.""We're still testing the solution. It's too early to make any suggestions as to what may be missing.""The administration of the solution is not as easy as we would like it to be."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing."
  • "The cost of storage is cheap. However, the cost to have a better interface can get expensive. We are using Athena for this purpose and if we did some heavy queries the cost will start adding up. When the Athena query is running, it will scan the bucket and they charge for how many GBs we are going to scan. The function of scanning has a lot of costs attached to it, this is a negative point."
  • "The price of the Amazon S3 is reasonable. There are not any licensing costs, they have a pay-as-you-use model."
  • "The price of the Amazon S3 is low. The license model is based on what you use."
  • "The price of Amazon S3 depends on various variables. However, the price overall is fair."
  • "The price of Amazon S3 could be less expensive."
  • "The license of Amazon S3 is based on volume, capacity, and time. The overall price of the solution could improve. The support has to be added if you want it at an additional cost."
  • "The price of Amazon S3 is competitive with other solutions."
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  • "Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed."
  • "We have a separate package and pay extra for additional technical support."
  • "The licensing cost of Microsoft Azure Object Storage is monthly. We have two types of licenses. One is the EA enterprise license and the other is a CSP license."
  • "It has a pay-as-you-go model. So, you are only paying for what you store. It's an attractive model. You don't pay for a set; you pay for what you actually use."
  • "I think we pay per bit as per usage. There is a billing pattern for the subscription, and we get a monthly bill. I've seen that happen over there. I haven't seen any fixed costs. It always depends on what we're using and how much the servers are running. The breakdown appears on the bill."
  • "Object Storage is competitively priced."
  • "Microsoft Azure Object Storage requires a license. We are using a pay-as-you-go model and we have an enterprise subscription model as well."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.
    Top Answer:The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing.
    Top Answer:The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy. This is because there are multiple, additional ways. If I want… more »
    Top Answer:The key feature for us is the possibility to have a copy of our data and machines outside of our premises just in case of a disaster.
    Top Answer:Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed.
    Top Answer:There are a lot of points for improvement at the moment. For example, in the case of this product, we are not able to do a backup of what we call NAS, network-attached storage appliances, directly to… more »
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    Also Known As
    S3, Simple Storage Service
    Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Azure Object Storage, MS Azure Object Storage
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    Amazon Simple Storage Service is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

    Amazon S3 has a simple web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

    REST-based object storage for unstructured data in the cloud

    • Store infrequently accessed data in a low-cost cool storage tier
    • Store frequently accessed application data in a hot storage tier
    • Stream video, audio, and other media to web, mobile, or desktop applications
    • Power big data analytics
    • Access your data more securely, both over the wire and at rest
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    Sample Customers
    Netflix, Airbnb, Thomson Reuters, Zillow, Alert Logic
    Umbraco, Xbox, Radioshack, 343 Industries, McKesson
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company43%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon S3 is ranked 4th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 25 reviews while Microsoft Azure Object Storage is ranked 9th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 15 reviews. Amazon S3 is rated 8.8, while Microsoft Azure Object Storage is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon S3 writes "Secure, scalable, and easy to manage and understand". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Object Storage writes "Great for copying data, extremely stable, and has a relatively easy initial setup". Amazon S3 is most compared with Microsoft Azure File Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Oracle Cloud Object Storage, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), whereas Microsoft Azure Object Storage is most compared with Wasabi, Oracle Cloud Object Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Azure NetApp Files and Microsoft Azure Block Storage. See our Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage report.

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