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Updated on May 29, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Most IBM Public Cloud reviewers agree that the installation is a straightforward process. Some Microsoft Azure users say the setup is straightforward, while others say it can be complex depending on the scope of the deployment.

  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability. IBM Public Cloud users say it performs well, is straightforward to integrate, and creates serverless functions easily, but they also say it could be more secure. Microsoft Azure users like its UI and say it is flexible, secure, and powerful.
  • Pricing: Most IBM Public Cloud users say it is reasonably priced. In contrast, most Microsoft Azure feel that it is an expensive solution.
  • ROI: IBM Public Cloud users do not mention ROI. Microsoft Azure users report a significant ROI.

  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions give mixed reviews regarding the level of support they receive. Some users are satisfied, but others say that the support could be improved.

Comparison Results: Microsoft Azure is the winner in this comparison. It is a robust and reliable solution with a good user interface and a proven ROI. Microsoft Azure does come out on top in the ease-of-deployment and pricing categories, however.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Pros
"This is a predictable and dependable service.""This product is very good because it is accessible in remote locations, and anyone can deploy from any place.""It is easy to deploy what you need for the initial setup""The price of IBM Cloud is most valuable for us. The service is personable and gives us a good rapport. I can't say it's the best, but it was enough for our needs.""For non-complex applications, the IBM Cloud works fine and the price is much lower than the competitors.""One of the features that I really like about IBM Cloud is the flexibility where you can order your own hardware.""I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good.""The availability is second to none. Customer support is very good."

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"The most valuable feature is the interface.""It is stable and scalable.""Microsoft offers free courses and an exam on their products. Many of my colleagues who use Microsoft Azure take advantage of those free courses to help them learn about the solution in depth.""Kubernetes service and API management are the most valuable.""There are several products within Azure.""Offers many data security features including securing network access.""Technical support has been good over the years.""The tool’s stability is good."

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Cons
"There is not a lot of support for this solution, which is something that needs to be improved.""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.""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.""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 do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved.""The solution needs to be more autonomous. It should let the DL go to allow for more jobs on the cloud. It could have a better interface as well.""The solution’s pricing could be improved."

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"The solution could improve by simplifying network management.""The tool should add an interface that is similar to AWS.""The process by which our customers can switch from one subscription to another should be simplified.""The solution's email hosting pricing could be improved.""I would like to see the console improved.""There are so many services available that the interface is a little bit messy, and when you're looking for a specific service, you have to know exactly where to search.""The market place can be raised, and the CMT can be more sophisticated to create more opportunities for the end users.""There is a need to be better on-premise solutions that are more helpful. However, I don't think that is the goal of Microsoft Azure. They want the solution to be secure cloud solutions with cloud applications. This is their main goal at the moment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are using the trial version of this solution, so we have not paid anything."
  • "The price of IBM Cloud is very cheap compared to competitors AWS and Azure."
  • "The licensing fees are straightforward and predictable."
  • "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."
  • "It pretty much has a standard price. There is no hidden price with IBM Public Cloud."
  • "IBM has a lesser price compared to other cloud service providers like Azure and AWS."
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  • "Related to pricing and licensing, you have to be careful how you operate with the concept."
  • "Be careful with Azure Cool storage accounts; if you are dealing with high object counts, then it can be more economical to use Hot storage because of the high storage access costs associated with Cool."
  • "Make use of Azure pricing calculator and you will find out that Azure Is still more reasonable that the competition and do your research, when unclear speak with your MS support."
  • "It’s necessary to use third party products or to use good self-management economic tools"
  • "Keep to PaaS to gain the optimal benefits from an OPEX finance and resource perspective."
  • "Several thousand dollars and counting, we haven't needed to upgrade on premises hardware (In fact we eliminated all of the old on-premises hardware and run 100% on Azure) or pay for it's maintenance, power etc."
  • "If you are not aware of costs, pricing, etc., you can end up with a hefty bill. However, I found that the Azure price calculator is a valuable tool to use before starting to deploy VMs in Azure. This tool will give you an overview of the costs you should expect on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis."
  • "Pricing is very difficult to guesstimate. With so many a la carte options and individual pricing it can be a hassle to understand."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity… more »
    Top Answer:The front end is not pervasive, so it is very difficult get the status of your current services or account from a mobile device. 
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of IBM Public Cloud is the AI integrations.
    Top Answer:One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform is not easy or intuitive to deploy. The difficulty will be impacted by the type of application that you are trying to use the platform to build. Organizations that… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM Bluemix
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    Overview

    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.

    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 works across multiple frameworks and languages. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities with 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.

    Microsoft Azure works as a:

    1. Platform as a service (PaaS)
    2. Software as a service (SaaS)
    3. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

    Microsoft Azure is available:

    • On-premises
    • Hybrid
    • Multi-cloud
    • At the edge

    Compared to its competitors, Microsoft Azure:

    • Has more affordable features
    • Has easier migration for organizations already using other Microsoft tools
    • Has several educational resources available
    • Provides robust support
    • Is ideal for small and large businesses

    Microsoft Azure Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Flexibility
    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Active Directory
    • Monitoring features
    • Cloud-based
    • Automated tasks
    • Change capability cadence
    • Showback capabilities
    • Information protection
    • Azure Data Lake
    • Excellent portal
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Remote desktop
    • Fast provisioning
    • Data security
    • Data resiliency
    • Speed of service
    • Integrated delivery pipeline
    • Disaster recovery
    • Robust templates
    • Flexible coding languages
    • Virtual systems testing

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure:

    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Because Microsoft Azure is an IaaS, organizations can deploy as well as manage applications easily and quickly. Azure also provides you with the ability to customize the cloud software to meet your specific business needs.
    • Seamless integration: Microsoft Azure is built to seamlessly integrate with existing IT departments via hybrid databases, secure private connections, and storage solutions.
    • Cost-effective: Because Azure can harmoniously exist in your business environment with your data center, it is a very cost-effective solution.
    • Analytics support: Azure is designed with built-in support that is used to analyze data and provide key insights. Azure offers Cortana Analytics, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, and SQL services.
    • Unique storage system: Compared to other cloud services, Microsoft Azure has more data centers and delivery points, which helps create an optimal user experience and also helps deliver content faster. In addition, Microsoft Azure makes it possible for organizations to exchange content across several virtual machines.
    • Enhanced flexibility: Azure provides extreme flexibility by allowing you to choose any level of functionality you require. It also supports many of the same technologies IT teams and developers usually depend on, making it easier for them to manage.
    • Easy implementation: Microsoft Azure is easy and quick to deploy. If necessary, you can change web apps to Azure with almost zero downtime.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    "It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.

    OmarJ., future datacenter consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud at a tech company, adds that "The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."

    You can build an environment in minutes. It's very good in terms of being an infrastructure as a service, and I found that really fascinating,” says an information technology consultant at a computer software company.

    "I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are," says an enterprise architect at an energy/utilities company.

    Marco C., Ing. at Wolters Kluwer, says "The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."

    "The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is it has everything together in one place. It is one large tool with lots of small tools that are updated often," says the owner of a media company.



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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Program Development Consultancy13%
    Political Organization13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company14%
    University12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization8%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Educational Organization36%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise25%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    IBM Public Cloud is ranked 9th in PaaS Clouds with 16 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 299 reviews. IBM Public Cloud is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM Public Cloud writes "Reliable, easy to set up, and has helpful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Promotes clear, logical structures preventing impractical configurations and offers seamless integration ". IBM Public Cloud is most compared with Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Google Cloud, Salesforce Platform and Heroku, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Pivotal Cloud Foundry and SAP S4HANA on AWS. See our IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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