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Question: Looking to compare Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure
Answer: We like Google Firebase hosting and authentication and also the excellent cloud functionality. Our team found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful. We also like that it has security rules to control database read/write operations in real time. We feel the stability and performance of Google Firebase to be very good. We feel it would be advantageous for Google Firebase to have capabilities to work offline. If Google Firebase had faster migration and support for more languages it would be a more attractive solution. Amazon AWS has been great in helping us move clients easily and seamlessly to the cloud and offers a wide range of cloud services within the growing AWS ecosystem. It interacts very well with on-premise data centers. You can scale up to an unlimited number of processes very quickly. They offer a price forecasting and billing dashboard broken down by service, with budgets and alerts that have helped us recognize and shut down services we no longer needed (thereby reducing costs), which has been a very big win for us overall. You really have to watch your costs for processes and such if you go with AWS, as they can add up very quickly. Also, although AWS is available globally, not all service centers offer every service, so it causes some functionality issues in different markets. Microsoft Azure is extremely scalable with the capability to build an environment quickly. The automation and agility of Microsoft Azure is very valuable. It offers a great information protection feature - you can create custom labels for different documents and files. This keeps data more organized and secure. Support with Microsoft Azure depends on the plan you purchase; lower-tier plans get limited support. Microsoft Azure can be a very expensive solution overall and can be complex to set up and manage. Integration with other products needs to be better. Microsoft Azure seems to be a bit slow in catching up with what other solutions have to offer. Conclusion: All of these solutions are very good and offer many of the same features and perform similar functions and capabilities. Although Google Firebase tends to be a slightly cheaper and more flexible option, at the end of the day it boils down to which ecosystem you or your client are more heavily vested with as each of these solutions has attributes that make them more valuable and more efficient within their prescribed ecosystem.
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"It is stable. For the cloud version, we require some installation platforms and we don't have a server with us right now. We require it from Amazon AWS. We can just plan and get the AWS server.""The most valuable features are load balancers, databases, and S3 buckets.""The AWS feature that I most enjoy is Lambda functions. I primarily use serverless components because they allow you to process things without having to compromise on resources like when running EC2 instances or virtual machines. With minimal effort, you can scale up an unlimited number of processes, even concurrently, to process things. I frequently work with web APIs, so I use Lambda a lot in this area.""It scales well and is flexible.""The solution can scale well.""The pricing aspect of the product is pretty reasonable. It's not overly expensive.""The most valuable feature is the availability, as we work in different availability zones.""I like the technical support."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of use.""The advantage of Microsoft Azure is its simplicity. It's easy to launch a project. However, the problem with this kind of solution is the reliability for the customers. You have to be sure to stay with Microsoft.""The integration with Databricks is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""The solution is stable.""I have found all the features to be good.""The product scales extremely well.""One of the most valuable features of Microsoft Azure is the compatibility with all of our Windows applications and other Microsoft technologies""It's a cloud-based application, so installation is straightforward and doesn't take much time."

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"They have a low code platform, but it is for intervention.""It works very well with open-source solutions like Java, but not with .NET technologies.""The problem with AWS is you have to keep up with the technology. If you don't stay up to date with the technology and its latest changes then you won't know what to use in your infrastructure.""Scaling is an area that can be improved.""The price could be better.""The sorting model in AWS is a little bit complicated. When you are going through any component, you can get some surprising results.""Amazon AWS would be improved if it were more stable and if customer support's responses were faster.""Some of their well-listed services are not super configurable."

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"The price of the Azure license could be cheaper.""Azure could be made more user-friendly.""It would be advantageous if the dashboard had more clarity, in terms of the visibility that it provides.""I would like to see all of the cloud providers be more compatible with each other.""The design of the platform is not so easy to navigate. It's not very user-friendly.""The pricing in our region can be a bit high.""Its subscription price could be cheaper.""Overall, the solution is good but there are some minor technical issues that can be resolved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's my understanding that our company is charged a few hundred dollars on a monthly basis."
  • "I find that Amazon AWS is expensive."
  • "The Oracle licensing is higher than it is with Amazon AWS."
  • "I think they've done a pretty good job with their pricing."
  • "Its price is kind of okay. When we do a migration from on-premises to the cloud, we typically use the lift-and-shift model. Based on the studies that we have done, cost savings are definitely there when we moved from on-premises to the cloud."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "There are many variables involved in pricing service in AWS and overall the pricing is a bit on the higher side."
  • "AWS is not an expensive product."
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  • "The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually."
  • "Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers."
  • "The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS."
  • "Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy."
  • "It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
  • "The cost is a little high and can be more competitive."
  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
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    Overview

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon.com. These services operate from 12 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as "EC2", and Amazon Simple Storage Service, also known as "S3". Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

    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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    Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 151 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 176 reviews. Amazon AWS is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Flexible, scales well, and offers good stability". 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". Amazon AWS is most compared with OpenShift, SAP Cloud Platform, IBM Public Cloud, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Google App Engine, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase, IBM Public Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform. See our Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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