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Amazon S3

Anytime – and I do mean anytime – you have files of any size over, say, 50kb and they are static you should reach for S3 first. In 7 years of using the service, I have never once lost a file. There have been a total of maybe 30 minutes of downtime in 7 years, which was a DNS level issue. The speed is excellent, the availability is incredible, and there simply is no good competitor for the price.
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Microsoft Azure

Of all the big data warehousing tools I have used, Microsoft Azure was the easiest to learn and implement on big data warehousing. Microsoft Azure is well suited for situations where you have multiple users needing access to multiple datasets simultaneously. It's also useful for situations where you want to capture very large data sets on a continuous basis
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Scalability
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
9.1
Platform management overhead
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Workflow engine capability
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Platform access control
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Services-enabled integration
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Development environment creation
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.3
Development environment replication
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue recovery
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
8.3

Pros

  • Nearly every web framework now has integrations with the service as an easy plug-and-play storage solution.
  • General integration is so good there are tons of third-party tools like Transmit (for mac) you can mount S3 as a remote disk for easy access, and even Amazon's own web portal for using S3 has gotten quite good.
  • It's incredibly easy to offload all the expensive bandwidth operations for your typical website or app to S3, and, assuming your services are not yet HTTP2, you even get the benefits of sharding.
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  • Active Directory integration. Azure allows for solutions outside your environment to pull your AD information in a non-intrusive fashion to help you automate certain functions such as single sign-on.
  • Great for deploying new applications without having to stand a server or develop a system in-house.
  • Cloud computing at its best. So many features available to accommodate your networking needs with great security and resilience.
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Cons

  • There is no true hierarchical filesystem in S3. So for example, if you have a file like /images/pizza/1.png, and you delete 1.png it deletes the entire directory structure. Now many tools will place an empty dummy file at /images/pizza to make it appear as if the structure is there – but if you do these operations via api it can be a bit of a gotchya.
  • The bucket namespace is global, so it can be really hard to get a sensible bucket name. Honestly no idea why they made that global.
  • While you can serve S3 content at your own subdomain, you have to have the proper bucket name to do so and this can get pretty cumbersome. Ideally, there would be a better way to mask S3 buckets at a DNS level.
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  • MS technical support -- in most cases is horrible. Unless you use the support of MS partners, but that makes the cost higher.
  • Comparing to other competitors on the market, customization of the virtual servers is not the most strong side of Microsoft Azure.
  • Prices of services. That needs to be improved. In a small environment it is only so critical, but when you start growing it becomes a significant cost raise.
  • We had issues transforming legacy servers and services from physical to virtual based on Azure. We had to use third-party solutions.
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Microsoft Azure9.9
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

There are alternatives, Google Cloud Storage and Azure storage are the only real rivals, in my opinion, although most hosting vendors have their own flavor of an S3 like utility. However, most of those are actually just sub-vendors of S3. The most compelling case for using something else over Amazon is that S3 is a pretty significant point of failure in the general internet network as a whole. On the other hand, using Google Cloud Storage or Azure feels a little bit like using a windows phone in 2015 – you just knew it didn't have a great future.
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Nowadays it is too hard to say why and how one cloud service is better than the other. IT is probably the question that combines a lot of different aspects like price, functionality, how it looks, ease of administration, size of the infrastructure. As for me, it is more comfortable to work with Microsoft Azure, especially when you are already a Microsoft shop with another MS solutions (like Office 365) in place.
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Return on Investment

  • A very high return of investment
  • Many of our core products depend on S3
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  • It has saved us lots of time and money. Well worth implementing.
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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
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