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Amazon S3

146 Ratings

Microsoft Azure

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368 Ratings

Amazon S3

146 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 101

Microsoft Azure

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Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3

I feel S3 is best used by a company looking to primarily use it as a safe and secure location to store high-availability data, leaving the additional services as an option for future expansions. Myself, and several other cloud architects I have spoken with have shared another scenario that fits S3, and other AWS services quite well, which is a startup using the free-tier with the Activate program. If done correctly, several S3 capabilities can be employed to offload tasks from underpowered virtual servers, letting the entire system become faster and more reliable.
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Microsoft Azure

It's well suited for startups and other small business vendors.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Scalability
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
9.0
Platform management overhead
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Workflow engine capability
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.3
Platform access control
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Services-enabled integration
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Development environment creation
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Development environment replication
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue recovery
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.0

Pros

  • Multiple security access levels ensure that one client cannot access another clients data.
  • Multiple geographic locations allows us to meet certain audit requirements.
  • Simple setup from within many cloud backup clients.
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  • Very well documented system.
  • 95% of features can be managed via API, a CLI, a web and a PowerShell.
  • For the money (even MSRP), featureset is very impressive and competitive.
  • MS is iterating on features at an incredible pace.
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Cons

  • Security configuration can be a little confusing and sometimes requires making completely new accounts.
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  • Typically, our systems need to do more than simply host a web site or run a worker. Giving us the ability to integrate management of these types of services from Visual Studio in the role configuration would greatly simplify this process.
  • The earlier versions of Azure were of course lacking support in some key areas, and persistent storage in blobs was counter intuitive and difficult to manage. That said, with what seems to be an endless army of developers, support staff, technical writers, etc. Microsoft rarely misses opportunities to improve their services and Azure is no exception. Using the provided technical documentation and demo applications, working with persistent storage has because quite painless.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Azure9.9
Based on 14 answers
As I have stated, low initial cost has been key for us. I have even decided to use Azure for my personal projects outside the office and plan to continue to advocate the use of Azure for future projects and clients.
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Usability

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Microsoft Azure7.0
Based on 2 answers
As a VP i'm not your typical technical person and I'm able to easily use Azure in technical matters so I believe 9 is correct rating.
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft Azure6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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Support

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Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
The only reason I didn't give it a 10 rating as support is expensive.
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Implementation

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Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
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Alternatives Considered

S3 is much cheaper than the alternatives. And it's very easy to set up the billing.
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Azure PaaS platform was better suited for us over AWS (we are a hard core Microsoft shop)
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Return on Investment

  • The storage costs are extremely low compared to storage provided by cloud backup vendors, most of which are just reselling Amazon S3.
  • This has allowed us to be more competitive in the corporate backup market.
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  • The biggest advantage Azure has had for us is in the procurement pipeline, we no longer have to worry about ordering dedicated servers for most of our projects as it's just a matter of having someone who holds the right keys.
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Azure

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details