IBM Public Cloud vs Microsoft Azure comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on May 29, 2022

Categories and Ranking

IBM Public Cloud
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
IoT Platforms (5th)
Microsoft Azure
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the PaaS Clouds category, the mindshare of IBM Public Cloud is 2.2%, down from 4.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Azure is 20.4%, up from 19.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
PaaS Clouds
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IoT Platforms
Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)

Featured Reviews

Carlos Bittrich - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 27, 2022
Reliable, easy to set up, and has helpful support
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. In the meantime, I decided to go to FCM on Google, for doing this part. The push notification functionality has ben reintroduced now with the Event Notifications service, I took a quick look at it but it doesn't seem the same . There are some things that I haven't investigated because of time, however, I know they have the features. The support and most communication is only english speaking. With Google, I can receive notes in Spanish, for example. My developers are not well versed in English. Right now, I am the one that does the escalation of problems. For me, it's not a problem, however, my developers don't have direct contact with IBM since they don't speak English. IBM is pushing a lot Kubernetes as runtime infrastructure. There is another alternative which is Cloud Foundry, which is much easier than Kubernetes. I had been using it a lot but it is now being deprecated by IBM. The alternative they are suggesting is called Code Engine, however, it's not as mature as the easy Cloud Foundry. I was using a demo version of MySQL. They announced, very loudly, that they had already a full production MySQL version so I tried to migrate to the full-blown and it didn't have all the features. I found an issue with the new product but they took about three months to resolve it. The mobile dashboard could be better. They don't have a responsive solution. For example, sometimes I get a note, "Okay. You are above the limit of usage of this service." I would like to go into my cell phone and not have a screen where I see just one-quarter of the screen. Their mobile front end needs improvement. This is something that they lack right now.
KopanoRamaphoi - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 13, 2020
Easy to add on services, relatively stable, and very scalable
It would be nice if there was an on-premises version of the solution, and it wasn't just cloud-based. Oracle, for example, has both capabilities. Some people don't understand the cloud, or are hesitant, and this might prevent them from adopting the product. Also, migrating to the cloud can bring a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of trouble to some companies. Some prefer that their data is not moved from the premises, or have requirements to that effect. If Microsoft could address these concerns, that would be ideal. The solution has a lot of terms of services. These should be simplified.

Quotes from Members

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


"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."
"The initial setup was very easy. It's quite straightforward. Deployment took about fifteen minutes. Everything is well organized."
"The availability is second to none. Customer support is very good."
"This product is very good because it is accessible in remote locations, and anyone can deploy from any place."
"It is a scalable product. You can scale it up and down."
"This is a predictable and dependable service."
"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."
"I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good."
"Some features of Azure are very important for us. You can control access for your company, it's not complicated managing the solution either. I think the solution is very stable, secure and the documentation Microsoft has on their website is complete. You can use it to find the solution's problems or implement solutions."
"We've found the solution to be extremely flexible."
"The solution is useful for handling large amounts of data."
"We have found the most valuable feature to be the pricing calculator."
"The integration with Databricks is the most valuable aspect of the solution."
"This product is quite easy to use and is available on-demand."
"The most valuable feature is cloud-based storage."
"It's set up to handle any cloud requirement."


"They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved."
"Maybe performance enhancers and reports could be better improved. If they do so, it would be better. Of all the drawbacks I saw, this would be the biggest enhancement."
"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."
"It could be more secure."
"It will be challenging to implement if you do not have any experience."
"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."
"Normally, for any cloud, we get a lot of information on the web, but that is missing in the case of IBM Public Cloud. We need some technical support documents. That is the only thing missing in IBM Public Cloud."
"They could improve on customizing reporting capabilities."
"We have faced some issues on the pricing side, but it has improved lately. We are trying to adjust to the new pricing methods that they are using now. It should be better from now on."
"We have faced some challenges trying to deploy a new ESP application."
"Something that could be added to the solution is the use of deep learning, which is going to grow in the near future."
"They are a bit closed on the customization side. If they open the customization then it will be very good."
"I would like to see more automation and AI with the cloud to help the clients understand more about their clients, their history data, and their predictive analytics. This would help them better manage their clients."
"Quite an expensive solution."
"They should create integrations with more platforms."
"The technical support is good, but the response time is poor."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"In order to be competitive, you have to commit to a contract for at least one year, but you pay a fixed monthly fee."
"Pricing is not as fair as Amazon or Azure."
"We are using the trial version of this solution, so we have not paid anything."
"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."
"The price of IBM Cloud is very cheap compared to competitors AWS and Azure."
"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."
"The licensing fees are straightforward and predictable."
"The product is expensive."
"Licensing costs for Enterprise are on an annual basis."
"Microsoft Azure is more expensive than other solutions, such as GCP. We have found that GCP offers more utilities at a very reasonable price."
"The price of the solution is reasonable."
"Price-wise, it is comparable to other solutions for the features that we are using."
"We pay yearly for the license."
"The licensing price is fine."
"Keep to PaaS to gain the optimal benefits from an OPEX finance and resource perspective."
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Questions from the Community

Which is preferable - IBM Public Cloud or Microsoft Azure?
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 ...
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.
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Also Known As

IBM Bluemix
Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure

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Sample Customers

Uvionics Tech, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Alpha Modus, Inventive, Web Business Consulting, FindBrok, SilverHook Powerboats, United Way of Allegheny County
BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
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