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Executive Summary
Updated on March 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: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Infrastructure as a service is most valuable.""Provides a high level of availability and 99% uptime.""The technical support has been good.""Microsoft Azure has thousands of services and products.""Azure allows us to bring applications to life quickly.""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.""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.""The product is rather stable. We haven't had any issues with it in that sense."

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"The most valuable features of the Oracle Cloud Platform are good visualization and analytics. The solution is very well integrated with predictive analytics and forecasting. These features go beyond the traditional reports and visualization.""The simple infrastructure of the service is very useful.""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.""Oracle does well when it comes to data privacy and security, which are critical.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the high level of performance for the databases.""The pricing of the solution is pretty good.""The technical support is good, they have been responsive and helpful.""Oracle offers more of the basic functionality needs."

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Cons
"The level of authorization or authorization cascading can be improved. We have the most powerful admins and then we have sub-admins, but the level of authorization is not that easy to handle or manage.""They're already doing quite a bit. I'm not unsatisfied with anything that they're doing right now. They can maybe make the transitions a little smoother and improve its pricing. The pricing for the end-user packages is a bit high.""The scalability could improve.""Technical support could be improved.""Customer services and support should be improved. If a user faces challenges in accessing Microsoft Azure, the support team takes time—it could be 24 to 48 hours—to resolve them. We need solutions in four to five hours. And there are business-critical issues where we need an immediate resolution.""Could be more user friendly; security features should be improved.""If you compare it with AWS, it is not very friendly to use. I find the UI better to work with on AWS.""Microsoft Azure could improve by being more secure."

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"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.""There should be more management automation.""The initial setup can be a bit complex.""I work with many clouds and I would say, in comparison, others have a better presentation of services and they have clearer steps in terms of implementation.""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.""The scalability requires some improvement. This is one of the most important things they need to get better at.""Sometimes when we install something, we need to partition and maybe rebuild the index. This can cause some issues for performance. In the future, I would like to see more stability and fewer bugs.""Amazon AWS has a better solution overall."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
  • "It is not cheap. Its price could be a little bit less."
  • "The pricing model can be improved because we find that Azure pricing is a bit high."
  • "Microsoft always provides the entry-level solution with a cheap license. Once you start to like the product, then you have to pay for the full package, which is more expensive than the entry-level solution. Every feature comes with a license and a cost. Some licenses have multiple features, and some features require a specific license."
  • "It is competitive with other public cloud providers, and its price is very close to different cloud providers. There is not a noticeable difference between different cloud providers. Otherwise, it would be a risk for them to have services that were much more expensive than their competition. They're pretty much neck to neck on pricing."
  • "The licensing fees depend on the number of users that we have."
  • "Pricing is comparable but from a cost perspective, this solution is the cheapest."
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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."
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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.



    The Oracle Cloud Platform (also known as Platform as a Service or PaaS) provides a shared and elastically scalable platform for consolidation of existing applications and new application development and deployment. The Oracle Cloud Platform delivers cost savings through standardization and higher utilization of the shard platform across multiple applications.

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    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Government11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise53%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure vs. Oracle Cloud Platform
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. Oracle Cloud Platform and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 188 reviews while Oracle Cloud Platform is ranked 5th in PaaS Clouds with 16 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while Oracle Cloud Platform is rated 7.8. 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 "Great database with good stability and a very good interface". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, SAP Cloud Platform and IBM Public Cloud, whereas Oracle Cloud Platform is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Public Cloud, OpenShift and Heroku. See our Microsoft Azure vs. Oracle Cloud Platform report.

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