<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
82 Ratings
307 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.4 out of 100

Azure Virtual Machines

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
82 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    9.0

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

    90%

    Azure Virtual Machines

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    9.3
    93%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    9.0
    90%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    9.2
    92%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    9.1
    91%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    8.6
    86%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    9.1
    91%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Operating system support

    9.1
    91%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security controls

    9.2
    92%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automation

    8.3
    83%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Azure Virtual Machines

    81%
    Azure Virtual Machines ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    21 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    19 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    17 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    14 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    14 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

    87%
    66 Ratings
    8.6

    Azure Virtual Machines

    86%
    21 Ratings

    Usability

    8.8

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

    88%
    3 Ratings

    Azure Virtual Machines

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

    88%
    22 Ratings
    7.3

    Azure Virtual Machines

    73%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Amazon AWS

    I think nowadays, Amazon EC2 is best-suited for most app development and deployment use cases, especially if your resource requirements are not fixed over a long period of time. The flexibility provided by the on-demand pricing and rescaling option makes Amazon EC2 a great service, especially if your tech stack already runs on AWS. On the other hand, I think Amazon EC2 is not the best option if your tech infrastructure runs on another public cloud.
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    It's well suited to delivering information about our sports events as during the events a lot of processing power is needed and instantly becomes available by scaling out when the event is over the service can be scaled right back making massive savings. We use it for football, horse racing, Olympics games etc, it is also used when things happen in the world like right now there is a lot of concern over the Russia and Ukraine conflict, since the demand for this information is high we instantly scale to meet the demand of our news feed services. I believe up to 90% of the UK's News, sports and media information actually passes through our computer systems, we are a market leading news and information service and Azure Virtual Machines provide us with the reliability that we need so that we can provide a rock solid reliable news and information service to the world.
    Read full review

    Pros

    Amazon AWS

    • A great variety of choices in Amazon Machine Image (AMI) types. Users can select a more basic type to run generic workloads, but also have the choice to pick an AMI pre-installed with specific services in the AWS Marketplace.
    • The range of instance types can support the usage from a student's exploration (inexpensive general-purpose nano instances) to an enterprise's most intense workloads (memory or storage-optimized instances with terabytes of memory and ultra-fast network connection).
    • The pricing options, from regular instances, reserved instances to spot instances allow users to get the job done and make smart choices about how much they want to pay and when they want to pay.
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    • Many presets are available when spinning up a new instances to match you workload, instead of having to start from scratch
    • VM Scale sets makes it really easy to scale in & out the VMs easily
    • When getting started, no need to manage a networking layer before starting a new instance, no need for any VPC complexitites, as Azure handles it.
    • VM Firewall and security rules can be managed directly from the Azure interface
    Read full review

    Cons

    Amazon AWS

    • This service is a bit difficult to consume. New users need a big learning curve to use this service effectively.
    • UI for EC2 service is a little complex and at many places, it misses detailed explanation.
    • Sometimes it takes too long to create images of EC2 instances. This keeps your EC2 up for that extra time. When instances are heavy, it penalizes a lot of money.
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    • Pricing can be a concern if you are truly agnostic to which cloud you are building your particular solution in.
    • The UI, as is the case with any cloud provider, is crowded.
    • As with any cloud provider, it can be difficult to tune in exactly the right amount of servers for your needs...you might find yourself under/overprovisioning.
    Read full review

    Pricing Details

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

    Starting Price

    $0 per Hour

    Editions & Modules

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    On-Demand$0.0042 - $6.5281
    Data Transfer$0.00 - $0.092
    EBS-Optimized Instances$0.0053
    Carrier IP Addresses$0.005 - $0.104
    T2, T3 Instances$0.05 ($0.096)5
    T4g Instances$0.046

    Footnotes

    1. per Hour
    2. per GB
    3. per IP address with a running instance per hour on a pro rata basis
    4. none
    5. per vCPU-Hour Linux, RHEL, & SLES (Windows)
    6. per vCPU-Hour Linux, RHEL, & SLES

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Azure Virtual Machines

    Starting Price

    $0.0,038 Per Hour

    Editions & Modules

    Azure Virtual Machines editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Spot - General Purpose - Av2$0.0051
    Spot - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.01042
    Spot - General Purpose - Dv3$0.01253
    Spot - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.0164
    3 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00385
    3 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.03076
    3 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.03697
    3 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.04818
    1 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.07539
    1 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.005910
    1 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.054811
    1 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.0512
    Pay as You Go - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.007513
    Pay as You Go - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.084614
    Pay as You Go - General Purpose - Dv3$0.09615
    Pay as You Go - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.12616

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Usability

    Amazon AWS

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) allows various ways of gaining incidents, such as slow growth, money, and the reserved ones, mostly depend entirely on the necessity, because it makes highly intelligent choices possible at these times, which enable considerable cost savings whilst addressing the situation as best I like.
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Amazon AWS

    AWS's support is good overall. Not outstanding, but better than average. We have had very little reason to engage with AWS support but in our limited experience, the staff has been knowledgeable, timely and helpful. The only negative is actually initiating a service request can be a bit of a pain.
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    I give the overall support for Azure Virtual Machines a 7 because I think while the overall support do a great job there are still areas that it could improve on such as efficiency and speed. So while I only give it a 7 and it has some issues it is still better than the overall support at Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.
    Read full review

    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon AWS

    AWS EC2 is the mainstay of several AWS tools, with CodeBuild that includes AWS Cloud9, and CodePipeline, which allow us to work quickly, efficiently, for all the work team, regardless of whether it is remotely or locally, always keeping the progress saved in the cloud. With Lambda it can be compiled at any time in a fast way, with AWS WAF we protect the different connections, since it provides a high level of security, without having to configure too much, in general all the tools work perfectly with EC2, speeding up the development time of the different projects
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    Amazon EC2 provides a cost-friendly server hosting platform but the underlying infrastructure of Azure Virtual Machines is way more speedy and responsive than AWS. We have a 40:60 ratio of our servers deployed on Azure and Amazon and I can tell you how responsive and cost-friendly Azure Virtual Machines are.
    Read full review

    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • Instance procurement time has become negligible with EC2. Any developer can provision an instance very quickly and companies can move towards automation of CI/CD pipelines and auto provisioning of EC2s.
    • Companies do not have to spend money in managing infrastructures, data centers, staff to manage these, networking, connectivity etc. All this will be taken care by AWS and EC2 can be used to run your enterprise softwares and custom applications.
    • If not correctly monitored EC2 prices can run up very quickly. So proper monitoring has to be in place in your organization. Non-prod and dev EC2 servers should be brought down in evening and night.
    Read full review

    Microsoft

    • We saw a significant cost-saving as a result of exiting our expensive data-center and migrating services to Microsoft Azure Cloud.
    • We saw further cost savings upon migrating remaining applications from our supplier-hosted Virtual Private Cloud to Microsoft Azure Cloud.
    • As well as cost-savings from running production services in Azure, we are also able to run short-term cost-effective proofs-of-concept for which the infrastructure can be quickly deleted upon completion of the PoC, and we are no longer charged for it.
    Read full review

    Add comparison