Take my cloud … please
This article compares the pricing and services for various cloud services platforms: Amazon AWS vs. IBM Softlayer vs. Google Compute Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure vs. Rackspace
There are also Oracle, CloudFoundry, SalesForce Heroku, SkyTap, etc.
EDITOR’s NOTE: This is not a complete treatment. Additional information will be added over time.
|Granularity of billing||per hour||per minute|
|# Data centers||24||100|
|Largest # cores||128||32|
|Largest RAM GB||1,952 GB||448 GB|
Even though cloud vendors provide a great deal of transparency to how they price their services, there are so many variables to what affects the final bill that the only accurate way is to actually run services.
Cowan analysis May 2016 (using 1.0 as average among vendors) rated Amazon 1.37 (above avarge) in prices (most expensive). Microsoft was rated the leader in price and APIs, but the lowest in support.
QUESTION: Is the comparison based on spot instances in AWS, which are of low cost because they can be taken away at any moment by someone who outbids.
Different surveys contradict each other.
Here is one:
Operating Systems in the cloud
As of May 2016, Azure works with SUSE and Oracle, but not Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
Amazon provides software to host whatever os is put into images. But its free server images are based on CentOS.
Links to service brand names
|Microsoft Azure||Amazon Web Services (AWS) docs|
|Data center geography||Azure Regions||global infrastructure|
|Compute Services||Virtual Machines (VMs)||EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud)|
Azure Websites and Apps
|Azure Visual Studio Online||None|
|Container Support||Docker Virtual Machine Extension (how to)||EC2 Container Service (Preview)|
|Scaling Options||Azure Autoscale (how to)||AutoScaling|
|Analytics/Hadoop Options||HDInsight (Hadoop)||Elastic MapReduce (EMR)|
|Government Services||Azure Government||GovCloud|
|App/Desktop Services||Azure RemoteApp||WorkSpaces|
|Storage Options||Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables, Queues, Files)||S3 (SimpleStorage)|
|Block Storage||Azure Blob Storage (how to)||Elastic Block Storage (EBS)|
|Hybrid Cloud Storage||StorSimple||None|
|Backup Options||Azure Backup||Glacier|
|Storage Services||Azure Import Export (how to)||ImportExport|
|Azure File Storage (how to)||StorageGateway|
|Azure Site Recovery||None|
|Content Delivery Network (CDN )||Azure CDN< /td>||CloudFront</tr>|
|Database Options||Azure SQL Database||RDS (Relational Database Service)
|NoSQL Database Options||Azure DocumentDB||DynamoDB|
|Azure Managed Cache (Redis Cache)||ElasticCache|
|Data Orchestration||Azure Data Factory||DataPipeline|
|Networking Options||Azure Virtual Network||VPC|
|Azure ExpressRoute||AWS Direct Connect|
|Azure Traffic Manager||Amazon Route 53|
|Load Balancing||Load Balancing for Azure (how to)||ELB (Elastic Load Balancing)|
|Administration & Security||Azure Active Directory||DirectoryService
IAM (Identity and Access Management)
|Multi-Factor Authentication||MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)||MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)|
|Monitoring||Azure Operational Insights||CloudTrail|
|Azure Application Insights||CloudWatch|
|Azure Event Hubs||None|
|Messaging||Azure Notification Hubs||SNS (Simple Notification Service)|
|Encryption||Azure Key Vault||KMS (Key Management Service)|
|Compliance||Azure Trust Center||CloudHSM (Hardware Security Module)|
|Management Services & Options||Azure Resource Manager||CloudFormation|
|API Management||Azure API Management||None|
Azure Service Bus
|SQS (Simple Queue Service)|
|Azure Scheduler||SWF (Simple Workflow)|
|Analytics||Azure Stream Analytics||Kinesis|
|Email Services||Azure BizTalk Services||SES (Simple Email Services)|
|Media Services||Azure Media Services||ElasticTranscoder|
|Machine Learning (ML)||Azure Machine Learning||MachineLearning|
|Triggers||Logic Apps||AWS Lambda|