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.
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.
"I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good."
"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 a scalable product. You can scale it up and down."
"It is easy to deploy what you need for the initial setup"
"It's straightforward, has a good environment and is cost-effective."
"For non-complex applications, the IBM Cloud works fine and the price is much lower than the competitors."
"It is easy to use and flexible."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is its ease of use."
"Azure is very user friendly. I was able to create some database servers really fast. The user interface is intuitive."
"The most valuable features of the solution are for management, such as dashboards."
"It's a cloud-based application, so installation is straightforward and doesn't take much time."
"It is easy to use. It is also stable."
"Infrastructure as a service is most valuable."
"Technical support has been extremely helpful."
"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."
"It will be challenging to implement if you do not have any experience."
"The product should offer more computing, similar to Amazon."
"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."
"The initial setup and the pricing are areas that need improvement."
"They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved."
"Lacks flexibility in terms of storage or resource allocation."
"The biggest area needing improvement involves the licensing cost."
"The scalability could improve."
"The local support is fair but it is sometimes limited, the service could be better."
"Any time you use a cloud service, there are increased security risks. If you want more security, you have to have private hosting."
"They should optimize their pricing so that we can use more features. I would also like to see more auditing and more security for the Blob storage feature. From a technical point, it has very good features for Microsoft products, but for non-Microsoft products, it may have some limitations. I have mostly worked with Windows-based integration, and now I am trying to use it for open-source systems. It is good but not as easy as Microsoft products."
"The solution is too expensive."
"The integration pipeline could be a bit more broad in terms of applications."
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.
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"It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.
“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.
IBM Public Cloud is ranked 8th in PaaS Clouds with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 167 reviews. IBM Public Cloud is rated 7.8, 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 "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". IBM Public Cloud is most compared with Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Cloud, OpenShift and Dell ECS, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and SAP S4HANA on AWS. See our IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure report.
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