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Updated on Mar 24, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: While some Microsoft Azure reviewers report the initial setup to be straightforward, others feel that the product has a learning curve, and that the setup can be complex for inexperienced users. Most Oracle Cloud Platform users report the initial setup to be straightforward.
  • Features: Microsoft Azure users are very satisfied with its scalability, flexibility, performance, user friendly interface, and stability. A few Microsoft Azure users would like to see improved integration abilities. Oracle Cloud Platform receives high marks from reviewers for its security and stability and slightly lower grades for its scalability.
  • Pricing: Many Microsoft Azure reviewers think that the price is too high. Oracle Cloud Platform users feel the pricing is fair.
  • ROI: Microsoft Azure users say they are satisfied with the ROI for the product.
  • Service and Support: Microsoft Azure receives mixed reviews for its technical support. Some users are satisfied with the level of support they receive but others say that Microsoft Azure’s response time is slow. Most Oracle Cloud Platform users feel that its technical support is adequate but could be improved.

Comparison Results: Microsoft Azure wins out in this comparison. Our reviewers agree that Microsoft Azure is a robust, easy to manage, and stable solution. Oracle Cloud Platform did come out on top in the Pricing and Ease of Deployment categories.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure vs. Oracle Cloud Platform Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"Technical support has been extremely helpful.""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.""Reliable with ease of provisional services.""The stability has been excellent.""It is easy to use and flexible.""The most valuable features I have found to be the auto-scaling feature and the interface.""With the Azure solution, you can get more value from your cloud investment no matter what your future goals are. It depends on your level of familiarity with the cloud you are using or with your computing. Azure helps you with every stage of the cloud.""Microsoft Azure is an optimized solution when we compare it to any other particular cloud solution."

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"Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is about as stable as the other CSPs, but Oracle Cloud is more common in Korea.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the high level of performance for the databases.""We appreciate the fact that this solution will operate with both native and third-party applications. This has meant that we don't need to change all of our systems to accommodate it within our network.""They seem to be more readily integrating with Azure, which is great.""Oracle Cloud Platform is a good solution because with large data platforms the data migration can be a challenge and this is the reason to move and migrate towards the cloud from on-premises.""The technical support is good, they have been responsive and helpful.""I like having the ability to easily run Oracle Linux server instances and to deploy Oracle Middleware and WebLogic servers. Oracle's Infrastructure as a Service products are also very useful, and we're using those right now within Oracle OCI."

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Cons
"Integration with more platforms needs improvement.""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.""Support could be improved. If you pay for a higher plan, it's okay, however, the lower plans don't offer as good of a service experience.""Any time you use a cloud service, there are increased security risks. If you want more security, you have to have private hosting.""Microsoft Azure can improve by adding more features for virtual machines, such as tier virtual machines.""Maybe Azure could add an address code to create your analysis without SQL or Python because some business users don't want it to code. So it's good to have a service application that connects to the data lake to conduct analysis and simplify the business process.""The alerts management should be improved. Alerts management is very complicated to configure. You have to go through a lot of tests and config action groups to set up those things. It is very complicated, and it can be simplified.""Performance could be improved."

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"Since our Oracle products are on premise we cannot get the premier Oracle products.""I think that there could be a more user-friendly environment when it comes to the options that Oracle presents through the Oracle Cloud Platform.""Some of the features of this solution, such as the digital assistant, require extensive configuration before they are suitable for use. We would like these to be made more straightforward and to require less manual input.""The monitoring tool and the migration from on-premise to the cloud should be much easier.""The portfolio should improve for the Oracle Cloud Platform. Oracle has to increase the services offered. New services should be added to be able to compete better with Amazon AWS which is the best, and the biggest service. Oracle Cloud Platform has a small portfolio, but it's a good one.""Lacking in additional PaaS services.""There should be more management automation.""Specific to the Oracle Cloud; while they have been able to showcase inbuilt features for Oracle applications, what doesn't really come across clearly is what happens when you want to host, work with, or integrate with applications outside of the Oracle stack."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost structure is like most cloud-based services. The solution could be cheaper, it is always better to be cheaper."
  • "It's an OPEX model, you pay as you go, or you can reserve funds."
  • "The licensing fee is quite cheap for what they're offering."
  • "The cost is more or less the same across all cloud service providers."
  • "The cost could definitely be lower."
  • "Most of the pricing from Microsoft is reasonable."
  • "The pricing for the end-user packages is a bit high. It is full of very interesting services, but I would still like it to be less expensive."
  • "It is operational expenditure (OPEX). There is no cost upfront. When you start using it, you have to pay the charges. Initially, the cost is less, but after you start using it more and more, the cost will go higher. It is a little bit costly, but that is okay because you get better resources. You also get better support in terms of how you create the resources. Documentation is available, and the SLAs are met."
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  • "On a monthly basis, we pay around $2,500 for licensing fees, with no additional costs. We do pay extra licensing for other on-premises solutions, but these are not related to Oracle Cloud Platform."
  • "The price is fair, but we have to manage it to keep it low."
  • "The best aspect of the Oracle Cloud Platform is the relation between the performance and the price. When you compare the price with Amazon AWS, Microsft Azure, or any other, the price for performance is the best."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "It's less expensive to operate your environment in the cloud than in-house. It's a bundle cost. Everything is included in one price."
  • "Oracle Cloud Platform has a decent pricing model."
  • "The licenses for this solution are very comprehensive and, therefore, very economical; there is only one cost, and it covers all available features without any chargeable add-ons."
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    Also Known As
    Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
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    Overview

    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.



    Oracle Cloud Platform is a Product as a Service Cloud (PaaS) solution that consists of two main product categories - Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Cloud Applications. Through its many products, Oracle Cloud Platform offers a shared scalable platform for the consolidation of existing applications and the development and deployment of new applications.

    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is Oracle Cloud Platform's segment for running applications in a faster and more secure way. It offers services for migration, building, and running IT, and allows users to do these things from existing enterprise workloads to new native cloud applications and data platforms. This part of Oracle Cloud Platform supports Oracle applications, custom applications, and ISV applications. Some of the capacities of OCI include:

    • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
    • Analytics and BI
    • Big data
    • Cloud regions
    • Compute
    • Containers and functions
    • Database services
    • Data lakehouse
    • DevOps
    • Government cloud
    • Hybrid cloud
    • Integration
    • Networking
    • Observability and management

    Part of Oracle Cloud Platform applications segment is Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). This is a suite that provides users with advanced capabilities such as AI, analytics, and automatic updates. These functions facilitate several processes for users, including automating manual processes to save time, reacting to market shifts in real time, and gaining competitive advantage through accelerating workflow. The suite includes features for:

    • Financial management
    • Procurement
    • Project management
    • Risk management and compliance
    • Enterprise performance management

    Another aspect of Oracle Cloud Platform applications features is Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM). This set of products allows organizations to respond quickly to changing market conditions, demand, and supply by connecting their supply chain to a network that is especially created for them. This part of the product includes:

    • Supply chain planning
    • Inventory management
    • Manufacturing
    • Maintenance

    Another set of products from this solution are the ones in Oracle Advertising and Customer Experience (CX). This is a connected suite of applications that upgrades basic customer relationship management (CRM) and helps companies create, manage, and serve effective customer relationships. Through these products, clients of Oracle can manage:

    • Advertising
    • Marketing
    • Sales
    • Service
    • Content

    The final set that completes Oracle Cloud Platform is called Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM). This is a complete cloud solution that connects every human resource process across clients' enterprises. It achieves this through the management of:

    • Human resources
    • Talent management

    The complete set of products from Oracle Cloud Platform allows users to utilize cloud features across all processes of their organization and benefit from the frequent upgrades of the solution.

    Oracle Cloud Platform Features

    This product has various features, across all functions that it offers. The main capabilities of Oracle Cloud Platform can be grouped in the following ways:

    • Availability: Through Oracle Cloud Platform, users can benefit from features for high data availability, which is crucial for real-time applications. This ensures the high performance of applications and minimizes downtimes and failures.

    • Backup and recovery: The product offers various features for the backup and recovery of data. These cover almost all kinds of failures possible. This set of Oracle Cloud Platform features allows users to access unaffected parts of data while the affected ones are being recovered.

    • Scalability: There are various features across Oracle products that enhance performance and make applications more scalable.

    • Security: This platform puts security as one of its top priorities and ensures it by providing several mechanisms to control data access and usage.

    Oracle Cloud Platform Benefits

    Oracle Cloud Platform has many benefits for its users across different industries. Some of the greatest advantages of using this solution include:

    • Oracle Cloud Platform utilizes various methodologies and principles to increase performance.

    • The solution supports managing multiple databases, allowing greater flexibility for its users.

    • Oracle Cloud Platform has different editions, catering to the needs of different clients, which allows them to purchase only what they actually need.

    • The solution ensures high data availability by utilizing clusters.

    • Oracle Cloud Platform has a strong failure recovery system that ensures the files are secured even during downtimes and outages.

    • The solution consists of multiple products which are organized by use cases, allowing users to access them easily and obtain the information they require for their work.

    • Clients from all levels, from personal to enterprise, can use the features of this platform, making it highly accessible.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Daniel M., an IT Architect at Orbis Data, thinks that Oracle Cloud Platform is a great database with good stability and a very good interface.

    Marcio A., a senior database administrator at BCIE, likes Oracle Cloud Platform because it eases the deployment of Oracle Linux server instances and provides good database performance.

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    Microsoft Azure vs. Oracle Cloud Platform
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    Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 162 reviews while Oracle Cloud Platform is ranked 5th in PaaS Clouds with 15 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while Oracle Cloud Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Cloud Platform writes "Eases the deployment of Oracle Linux server instances and provides good database performance". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, SAP Cloud Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and IBM Public Cloud, whereas Oracle Cloud Platform is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, OpenShift, IBM Public Cloud and Heroku. See our Microsoft Azure vs. Oracle Cloud Platform report.

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