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"Flexibility and costs were probably the most important thing for us. The cost was one of the big factors for choosing Alibaba Cloud relative to other cloud solutions, especially in Asia""The installation is easy.""The cost of hosting the solution is very reasonable. It's quite inexpensive.""Alibaba support is responsive. When we create tickets in the Alibaba portal, they usually respond online or call me in five minutes.""Feature-wise, it provides many features. ECS, VM, SP, bucket object storage, and databases are the most valuable."

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"There are many useful features. We use web apps, so instead of starting a web server, we just have machines running some web services. This was helpful for us in terms of the scalability of the application. We also use Active Directory for authentication and some services for the data backup. It is a very good and reliable solution. It was easy to implement this solution. It fits very well into our plans and covers our needs to provide infrastructure in the cloud. The portal to configure new resources is very easy, and it is very easy to allocate new resources.""There are several products within Azure.""The solution has given us more agility, scalability and opportunity to optimize the cost.""It's a cloud-based application, so installation is straightforward and doesn't take much time.""The ability to scale down is a big thing.""The solution is very simple to use. It has a lot of great practical applications we really appreciate.""Technical support has been good over the years.""My experience with technical support so far is very good."

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"The majority of the tools and processes, in general, have a lot of room for improvement.""From the improvement point of view, there are lots of issues that we are facing. In all the areas, it seems like it is not mature. For example, a customer wants to provision some VM that has many configurations. If I want to show the price to the customer, it is very challenging. The SDK that Alibaba has provided is very limited. We can have the pricing for VM, but we cannot have pricing for RDS databases or some other services. This is a big concern area for us. They should put more effort into the SDKs or APIs that they provide, for example, pricing APIs or pricing SDK. They do not provide support for most of the services they provide. For example, if I want to get the price of MongoDB, that SDK is not available from Alibaba. Similarly, robust API support is required for S3, which is OSS or Object Storage, so that we can read the data in a faster manner, for example, in chunks. We have raised many issues with the Alibaba support team, and they have been fixing the issues after we report them.""From a performance point of view, Huawei and Azure are faster. Alibaba isn't as good.""The solution should have more integration.""Alibaba Cloud's initial setup is somewhat complex."

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"The authentication method only allows me to have up to 90 users, and there are 2,300 people in the company.""Dashboards and reporting could be improved.""The solution could improve the stability. However, this could be a configuration issue that we are not been trained.""There are so many services available that the interface is a little bit messy, and when you're looking for a specific service, you have to know exactly where to search.""I think it would be good to keep making progress on giving users the ability to do action calls on Data Factory. Right now, it's mostly local. Perhaps Microsoft could add the ability to put some calls in the workflow.""The pricing needs to be a bit lower. It's an expensive solution right now.""The pricing could be better.""I would like to see the console improved."

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"I don't know the exact cost. It is cheaper than AWS.""I'm not sure about the exact pricing, but let's just say if it cost a dollar for Amazon AWS, it was closer to 70 to 80 cents for Alibaba Cloud.""We cut our costs significantly by migrating our infrastructure to the cloud. Alibaba Cloud employs a pay-as-you-go model, so that minimizes many costs for us."

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"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.""Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy.""The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution.""The licensing fee is quite cheap for what they're offering.""The price of the solution could be less expensive and the pricing model could be less confusing.""The price of the solution could be reduced. There should be a loyalty cost reduction model. If customers have been using the service year after year they should receive a discount.""Its price can be cheaper. Price is always an issue. We pay around $10,000 per month for all resources.""We are on an annual subscription. However, there are other options available."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Flexibility and costs were probably the most important thing for us. The cost was one of the big factors for choosing Alibaba Cloud relative to other cloud solutions, especially in Asia
Top Answer: I'm not sure about the exact pricing, but let's just say if it cost a dollar for Amazon AWS, it was closer to 70 to 80 cents for Alibaba Cloud.
Top Answer: The majority of the tools and processes, in general, have a lot of room for improvement. I think, in general, things are there, but they're not good enough. Customer support could also be better.
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both… more »
Top Answer: I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
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Overview

Alibaba Cloud offers a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support growing enterprises worldwide, including data storage, relational databases, big-data processing, and content delivery networks.

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 offers open across multiple frameworks,languages, and tools. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities are, catering for all 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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Sample Customers
Schneider Electric, BorderX Lab, Royal Philips, Catchpoint, Conversant, Blogmint
BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company21%
Educational Organization9%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company22%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about Alibaba Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Alibaba Cloud is ranked 11th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 5 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 159 reviews. Alibaba Cloud is rated 6.6, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Alibaba Cloud writes "A flexible and affordable cloud solution, but customer support could be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". Alibaba Cloud is most compared with Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, DigitalOcean, SAP S4HANA on AWS and Oracle Cloud, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase and Amazon Lightsail. See our Alibaba Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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