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Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"Enables content sharing by multiple users.""Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use S3 is. It's nicely integrated with AWS and is available on the AWS console.""The initial setup is not difficult or overly complex. It's very straightforward and easy to implement.""This solution is good at storing historical data and we were using it for other purposes.""The main aspect we like is that it's been easy to use.""The most valuable features are unlimited storage, scalability, and performance.""It is easy to manage and easy to understand.""Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis."

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"The most important thing for me is reliability.""The most valuable feature is the cost value, which is very important for long term retention.""The most valuable feature is the API because it is very flexible.""It is easy to use, and we use it for backup and remote desktop access. It is working fine.""This product is very reliable and all of the security that our client requires is available.""With Microsoft Azure Object Storage, they are an open market.""The metadata that the solution provides is quite valuable for us. If we need to analyze the latest data from a particular department or particular user, we can simply query through the metadata we store in Azure Object Storage and simply fetch those records which are maybe one day or one month old. this metadata storage is really handy for us.""The key feature for us is the possibility to have a copy of our data and machines outside of our premises just in case of a disaster."

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Cons
"The security model can be improved as it is a bit confusing.""We need the mapping to Windows. That feature is needed in S3. That feature is in the Azure cloud where we can map it like a drive. We can map the cloud storage to the effort driving our Windows PC. But Amazon is not providing that feature for the S3 solution.""The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy.""They could always increase object storage ability.""The pricing and licensing are pretty complex.""Technical support could have a faster response time.""It could maybe use more integration.""When we need to find the queries there is no user interface, it is the only textual format that is bulky. If we need some data we will use Athena for queries and we will get results. When comparing this solution to others, such as DataDog, they provide a wonderful UI, and user-friendly dashboards, and many other features that this solution is lacking."

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"The cost of support is always expensive.""Technical support should be a little bit faster.""I would like to have out-of-the-box connectors to make integration with other products easier.""They could provide multiple tools to provide you with cost calculations, giving you a better picture or providing better details of the cost calculations over the years.""They could improve AI and ML-based modules. They should add more modules based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pricing is a little bit tricky with Microsoft Azure. They do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed after a month or two because it is based on usage. This is a little confusing.""Technical support should be faster at resolving issues for tickets that we create.""The administration of the solution is not as easy as we would like it to be.""I would like to see a reduction in pricing so that they can be more competitive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing."
  • "The cost of storage is cheap. However, the cost to have a better interface can get expensive. We are using Athena for this purpose and if we did some heavy queries the cost will start adding up. When the Athena query is running, it will scan the bucket and they charge for how many GBs we are going to scan. The function of scanning has a lot of costs attached to it, this is a negative point."
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  • "For the cloud, you get charges every day if you are going to download anything, besides the cost for storage those charges are always there."
  • "The cost of this solution is high compared to others, although there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "The cost should be reduced to make it more competitive."
  • "Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed."
  • "We have a separate package and pay extra for additional technical support."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.
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    The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing.
    Top Answer: 
    The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy. This is because there are multiple, additional ways. If I want… more »
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    The key feature for us is the possibility to have a copy of our data and machines outside of our premises just in case of a disaster.
    Top Answer: 
    Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed.
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    There are a lot of points for improvement at the moment. For example, in the case of this product, we are not able to do a backup of what we call NAS, network-attached storage appliances, directly to… more »
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    Also Known As
    S3, Simple Storage Service
    Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Azure Object Storage, MS Azure Object Storage
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    Overview

    Amazon Simple Storage Service is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

    Amazon S3 has a simple web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

    REST-based object storage for unstructured data in the cloud

    • Store infrequently accessed data in a low-cost cool storage tier
    • Store frequently accessed application data in a hot storage tier
    • Stream video, audio, and other media to web, mobile, or desktop applications
    • Power big data analytics
    • Access your data more securely, both over the wire and at rest
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    Sample Customers
    Netflix, Airbnb, Thomson Reuters, Zillow, Alert Logic
    Umbraco, Xbox, Radioshack, 343 Industries, McKesson
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Media Company8%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company39%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Educational Organization6%
    Media Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise33%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise20%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,780 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon S3 is ranked 5th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 8 reviews while Microsoft Azure Object Storage is ranked 8th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 9 reviews. Amazon S3 is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Azure Object Storage is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Amazon S3 writes "Secure, scalable, and easy to manage and understand". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Object Storage writes "Great for copying data, extremely stable, and has a relatively easy initial setup". Amazon S3 is most compared with Oracle Cloud Object Storage, Amazon S3 Glacier, Microsoft Azure File Storage, Google Cloud Storage and Oracle Cloud Archive Storage, whereas Microsoft Azure Object Storage is most compared with Oracle Cloud Object Storage, Wasabi, Amazon S3 Glacier and Amazon EFS (Elastic File System). See our Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage report.

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