Microsoft Azure vs Pivotal Cloud Foundry comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024

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Microsoft Azure
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
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Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) (1st)
Pivotal Cloud Foundry
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the PaaS Clouds category, the mindshare of Microsoft Azure is 20.4%, up from 19.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is 9.9%, up from 9.6% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Harmandeep Kaur - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 27, 2024
Offers integrated version control in building models which obviates the need to manage different versions of my models manually
We haven't actually needed to contact Azure support very often. However, the Databricks team, specifically our Service Account Manager, has been very helpful. They've reached out a couple of times to understand the types of projects we're working on and suggest additional functionalities that might be beneficial. There was also some communication with the GenAI team about potential use cases that could be integrated into our platform or future products. I've never had to directly contact an Azure support representative. The online documentation is very comprehensive, and there's a large, active community that we can leverage for troubleshooting. Basically, all the documentation we need is readily available to resolve any queries.
Dec 15, 2022
Reliable and supports CI/CD but migrations are difficult
Now the organization is thinking about moving everything to a public cloud. The private cloud microservice components are not able to move directly to public clouds, including Amazon or Google. It is not fully containerized. Therefore, you have to make more changes in order to move it to a public cloud. That is something that is not straightforward. We'd like it if they made it easier to move to a public cloud in future releases. I'd like to see a larger service offering. For example, Amazon offers authentication, contained management, and storage-based services. I still need to explore this solution more, however, if they do not offer as many services, they should work to broaden their offering. If you want to use Kafka or anything that's a Q-based mechanism, which should be out of the box, from the PCF itself, it should be so that we don't have to communicate with a different server altogether. I'm not sure if that is feasible with PCF itself. We've had some challenges with graphic libraries.

Quotes from Members

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


"The solution is user-friendly and compatible."
"In terms of managing and configuring infrastructures, Azure is fairly good."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is that it is easy to use."
"Azure is stable. I don't have any problems with it."
"The pricing is quite good, and it is designed as pay-per-use."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is the Area feature. Additionally, the SQL Server DB as a serverless pool is useful, storage-wide external tables are helpful, and PolyBase is very good at reading external data. The capacity of Synapse to analyze in analytics is very good and it supports a range of data."
"It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use."
"The focus on security is excellent. We really appreciate that about the solution."
"The most valuable feature of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is auto-healing and the plenty of other features that are provided."
"It supports CI/CD, and is integrated with the CI/CD very well."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is its ability to scale. The services that connect to the database are also very good."
"The most valuable feature of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is the UI, it is easy to use."
"Pivotal Cloud Foundry is very robust, especially for building Java."
"I find the ease of deployment and management of microservices to be the most valuable features. The platform also has good auto-scaling capabilities."
"Stability is not a concern with this product."
"PCF is open, so the applications run really smoothly and with little downtime."


"It is constantly updating. There are weekly releases, sometimes daily releases, and there should be fewer that are consolidated into one."
"We use Microsoft Server 2019 and 2016. And I didn't like the 2019 client, so we had to downgrade back to 2016. The main issue there was its monitoring system. Our client needed an alternative, and if they were using more Windows products, they also needed to make that downgrade."
"The solution could improve by having more security features around my data and the platform."
"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."
"Microsoft should have one package for all their solutions in one place to be found."
"The dashboard of Microsoft Azure could be better."
"Its subscription price could be cheaper."
"Pricing is one area where Azure has room for improvement. There should be some due consideration. Azure has solved some issues with pricing from the development team's standpoint, but it is still quite costly. They should also offer a trial period for the individual platform solutions. I think that would be pretty handy for the developers."
"The user interface should be simpler to navigate because it t can take time for users to learn it."
"Pivotal Cloud Foundry doesn't have certain advanced features."
"In the next release, I would like to see easy integration with external tools."
"Something that can be done better is canary deployment. So, right now, we're using blue-green deployment. The support for canary deployment would be nice."
"Regarding the setup phase, every step is a hurdle. With Pivotal Cloud Foundry, I won't get any proper resources for that. Even if I Google it, there is no proper solution for Pivotal Cloud Foundry."
"There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of Pivotal Cloud Foundry."
"I'd like to see a larger service offering."
"It is not straightforward to setup."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Pricing is comparable but from a cost perspective, this solution is the cheapest."
"Its price can be cheaper. Price is always an issue. We pay around $10,000 per month for all resources."
"It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
"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."
"The product is expensive."
"It is not cheap. Its price could be a little bit less."
"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."
"Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
"You're paying for the number of virtual machines you want to install in the installation."
"The price of Pivotal Cloud Foundry could improve. However, in this category of solutions, they are all expensive."
"We do pay for the licensing cost because we have opted for a private cloud setup. So, it is a cloud setup, and we have to make payments based on the cloud size. I do not consider it very costly when comparing it to the market."
"The price of Pivotal Cloud Foundry is based on the customer's requirements. However, the price is comparable to other similar solutions."
"The pricing is on the higher side and there are cheaper options available."
"Licensing is on a monthly basis and right now we pay $24/month. There are no other costs over and above that."
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Questions from the Community

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Which would you recommend - Pivotal Cloud Foundry or OpenShift?
Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a cloud-native application platform to simplify app delivery. It is efficient and effective. The best feature is how easy it is to handle external services such as database...
What do you like most about Pivotal Cloud Foundry?
I find the ease of deployment and management of microservices to be the most valuable features. The platform also has good auto-scaling capabilities.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Pivotal Cloud Foundry?
I would say it is around a nine out of ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive. Just short of Oracle. It's sort of Oracle cloud.

Also Known As

Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
PCF, Pivotal Application Service (PAS), Pivotal Container Service (PKS), Pivotal Function Service (PFS)

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Sample Customers

BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
Humana, Citibank, Mercedes Benz, Liberty Mutual, The Home Depot, GE, West Corp, Merrill Corporation, CoreLogic, Orange, Dish Network, Comcast, Bloomberg, Internal Revenue Service, Ford Motor Company, Garmin, Volkswagen, Solera, Allstate, US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, ScotiaBank
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