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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.6

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    86%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    8.4
    84%
    23 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    8.5
    85%
    23 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    8.6
    86%
    22 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    8.6
    86%
    21 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.8
    88%
    23 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Microsoft Azure

    85%
    Microsoft Azure ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    15 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    15 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    15 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    15 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    15 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    14 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    15 Ratings

    Security controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    15 Ratings

    Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    14 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions is rated higher in 3 areas: Usability, Availability, Support Rating
    • Microsoft Azure is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating
    • IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions and Microsoft Azure are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.2

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    82%
    23 Ratings
    8.2

    Microsoft Azure

    82%
    88 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    80%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Microsoft Azure

    100%
    15 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    90%
    3 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft Azure

    87%
    28 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    90%
    2 Ratings
    6.8

    Microsoft Azure

    68%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    90%
    10 Ratings
    8.8

    Microsoft Azure

    88%
    47 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.5

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    75%
    4 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft Azure

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.0

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    80%
    1 Rating

    Microsoft Azure

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    I think IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions would be a good fit for a medium to a large company looking to outsource their current in-house VMware products. The IBM solution would allow them to outsource their current infrastructure so that the company could then concentrate on their core business, whatever that may be. A smaller company with a smaller VMware footprint would probably not be a good fit here. It's a pretty complex process to get things started, so it might not be worth it for a smaller company.
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    Microsoft

    In terms of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure is the only comprehensive result the company offers. Regardless of how big or small an organization is, it can make use of this system. As a cyber-security professional, this is your best option for data management. A business that wants to minimize capital expenditures can use Microsoft Azure. Many Microsoft services accept it. People with little or no knowledge of cloud computing may find it impossible. It isn’t the solution for companies that don’t want to risk having only one platform and infrastructure vendor.
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    Pros

    IBM

    • Adaptable valuing relying upon size and scale.
    • The presentation is first rate. Our on-prem climate was continually experiencing slack and general languor. With IBM running everything, it's much smoother.
    • Start another group as little as one ESXi worker or scale a current bunch.
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    Microsoft

    • Azure simply provides end to end life cycle. Starting from the development to automated deployment, you will find [a] bunch of options. Custom hook-points allow [integration] on-premise resources as well.
    • Excellent documentation around all the services make it really easy for any novice. Overall support by [the] community and Azure Technical team is exceptional.
    • BOT Services, Computer Vision services, ML frameworks provide excellent results as compare to similar services provided by other giants in the same space.
    • Azure data services provide excellent support to ingest data from different sources, ETL, and consumption of data for BI purpose.
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    Cons

    IBM

    • Support is horrible and or non-existent
    • Documentation is out of date and incorrect for the most part
    • IBM employees and salespeople are not aware of features or offerings
    • Does not integrate the Zerto, only Veeam and has limited options for data migration
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    Microsoft

    • In our experience, Azure Kubernetes Survice was difficult to set up, which is why we used Kubernetes on top of VMs.
    • Azure REST API is a bit difficult to use, which made it difficult for us to automate our interactions with Azure.
    • Azure's Web UI does a good job of showing metrics on individual VMs, but it would be great if there was a way to show certain metrics from multiple VMs on one dashboard. For example, hard drive usage on our database VMs.
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    Pricing Details

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

    Starting Price

    $9 Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    On-demand0.01011
    On-demand0.092
    On-demand0.0000683
    Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)12.804
    Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)0.095
    Reserved (monthly or 730 hours)0.0000686
    Add-on13.007
    Add-on0.0001648
    Add-on0.0000419

    Footnotes

    1. Per vCPU (hourly)
    2. Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)
    3. 0.25 IOPs 1 GB
    4. Microsoft license (monthly) per 1 vCPU²
    5. Per gigabyte of network and bandwidth egress (monthly)
    6. 0.25 IOPs 1 GB (Per gigabyte of storage (hourly))
    7. Veeam backup license
    8. IBM Cloud Block Storage 1 GB (hourly)
    9. IBM Cloud Object Storage Cross-Regional Smart Tier 1 GB (hourly)

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Microsoft Azure

    Starting Price

    $29 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Microsoft Azure editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    BasicFree1
    Developer$292
    Standard$1003
    Professional Direct$10004

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    The free tier lets users have access to a variety of services free for 12 months with limited usage after making an Azure account.

    Likelihood to Renew

    IBM

    We are highly likely to renew this product as it has quickly very integral across our organization and is useful in almost all of our core data analytics and business processes. We have to ensure the cost side is manageable and still worth it upon renewal - but don't see this as a major hurdle
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    Microsoft

    Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
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    Usability

    IBM

    It is easy to use and setting it up is simple. The only con is that the pricing is a little bit high as well as documentation is a little low; so we had to do some personal learning to be able to fully utilize the product, or hop on the phone with someone.
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    Microsoft

    Microsoft Azure's overall usability has been better than expected. Often times vendors promise the world, only to leave you with a run-down town. Not the case with our experience. From an implementation perspective, all went perfect, and from the user-facing experience we have had no technical issues, just some learning curve issues that are more about "why" than "how"
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    Reliability and Availability

    IBM

    We view IBM as one of the most reliable vendors we have dealt with from an availability perspective. No issue whatsoever in terms of getting answers and solutions in a timely manner when we need them.
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    Microsoft

    It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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    Performance

    IBM

    We use this product both on a stand alone basis and have also integrated it with various internal systems. We have not experienced any delay / issues when using the product in either instance - excellent and consistent performer across the board
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    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    IBM

    Overall, just a great experience here. No one in my opinion gets a perfect 10/10 rating (no one is ever perfect), so 9/10 is probably as good as it gets! From initial planning to post implementation support, the IBM Cloud and professional services has been there for my group as much as we have needed them. Great job!
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    Microsoft

    Support is easy with all the knowledge base articles available for free on the web. Plus, if you have a preferred status you can leverage their concierge support to get rapid response. Sometimes they’ll bounce you around a lot to get you to the right person, but they are quite responsive (especially when you are paying for the service). Many of the older Microsoft skills are also transferable from old-school on-prem to Azure-based virtual interfaces.
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    Implementation Rating

    IBM

    IBM professional services helped us plan and implement the project with great success. They guided the project from planning, scoping, pre-implementation, testing, roll-out, then production and post-production support. We were very impressed with their knowledge of VMware and really appreciated their desire to make our project a success. I would highly recommend them!
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    Microsoft

    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

    IBM

    IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions stacks up against them, we fully agree there are so many features in IBM cloud for VMware Solutions that make it unique and different. The system provides us hypervisor security level and the system even has live backup and storage capacity of data. This system provides us with accuracy that helps us to reduce errors and vulnerability.
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    Microsoft

    As I continue to evaluate the "big three" cloud providers for our clients, I make the following distinctions, though this gap continues to close. AWS is more granular, and inherently powerful in the configuration options compared to [Microsoft] Azure. It is a "developer" platform for cloud. However, Azure PowerShell is helping close this gap. Google Cloud is the leading containerization platform, largely thanks to it building kubernetes from the ground up. Azure containerization is getting better at having the same storage/deployment options.
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    Scalability

    IBM

    The product is highly scalable - our primary concern upon implementation was this very issue. We found it integrates with our own internal systems in a very seamless manner - have had absolutely no issues on this front
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    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    IBM

    • It has a positive impact on the cost required to maintain our vSphere environment by allowing us to get rid of our vsphere hardware and not worry about maintenance either.
    • There have been very few negatives, but one would definitely be the open-ended cost associated with cloud products in general.
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    Microsoft

    • Brings down Capex to customers.
    • Some of the built-in security features of DDoS Basic protection that comes with VNET on Azure or even WAF on AGW brings huge advantages to customers.
    • Hybrid benefits for those who have software assurance can save even more costs by moving to Azure.
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