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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Foundry

This really depends on which cloud vendor (if you have one) you are already working with. If you are already an IBM customer, then you should definitely give IBM Cloud Foundry a try. It is a great way to run your applications in the cloud, and does not have a steep learning curve as using Docker/Kubernetes, and in fact, can serve as an starting point to get you there overtime. You can usually find a buildpack (either directly from IBM or from the community) for your application, and the deployment usually does not require you to make any changes and you can get up and running in a few hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

The answer depends upon the kind of [use case]. If the use-case is simply around the need of IaaS then Azure is not the right choice. However, if the use-cases are around BOT services, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning[,] and Business Analytics then Azure is the first choice. Also[,] kind of eco-system the enterprise [has] on the premise to run their daily operations have the highest bearing to choose for the cloud partner.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

IBM Cloud Foundry
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Ease of building user interfaces
IBM Cloud Foundry
7.8
Microsoft Azure
Scalability
IBM Cloud Foundry
8.7
Microsoft Azure
Platform management overhead
IBM Cloud Foundry
8.1
Microsoft Azure
Workflow engine capability
IBM Cloud Foundry
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Platform access control
IBM Cloud Foundry
10.0
Microsoft Azure
Services-enabled integration
IBM Cloud Foundry
7.6
Microsoft Azure
Development environment creation
IBM Cloud Foundry
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Development environment replication
IBM Cloud Foundry
7.0
Microsoft Azure
Issue monitoring and notification
IBM Cloud Foundry
5.0
Microsoft Azure
Issue recovery
IBM Cloud Foundry
8.3
Microsoft Azure
Upgrades and platform fixes
IBM Cloud Foundry
8.9
Microsoft Azure

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
6.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Dynamic scaling
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
5.9
Elastic load balancing
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
6.5
Pre-configured templates
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
6.8
Monitoring tools
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
6.4
Pre-defined machine images
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
5.6
Operating system support
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Security controls
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Automation
IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
5.9

Pros

IBM Cloud Foundry

  • Keeps things more standardized, ring fenced and thus easier for the end user to use
  • Open source, allowing for a wide group for education, auto and support
  • Developing at pace to keep up with the ever changing needs of the industry from on / off premise, public and private
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Functions is the easiest serverless service to work with in my experience. Easy to ship Node.js functions without bundling dependencies.
  • Proactive and responsive support. We've worked with most other cloud providers - Amazon, Google, Oracle. Amazon Web Services' customer support is a black hole and their documentation is worthless. Google and Oracle are better, but Azure's support is responsive and their docs are pretty good.
  • Azure's Web UI is pretty easy to work with
Valeri Karpov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cloud Foundry

  • Need: VISUALIZATION CAPABILITIES! Particularly with the Conversation Service.
  • Need: Annotation capabilities for dialog nodes in Conversation Service.
  • Need: Search/querying capabilities in Conversation Service
  • Need: Clearer documentation of the S2T service. I had to use a third party website for an understanding of how to use this.
River Hain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Could be easier to setup redundancy
  • Feels as if there are too many options, bells, and whistles you could add.
  • Microsoft Azure functions does not have a "Configure Services" method. Programming Azure functions has a slightly different programming model than does a "normal" API application. I would prefer that the startup process be identical.
João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Foundry

IBM Cloud Foundry 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 10.0
Based on 15 answers
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.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cloud Foundry

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.4
Based on 29 answers
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"
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cloud Foundry

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM Cloud Foundry

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.4
Based on 34 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Foundry

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.0
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.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cloud Foundry

We have used Red Hat which does not do business in Australia with people like us. They were a promising service (PaaS) while we were able to use the free version but as soon as we needed access to serious mobile-first services we had to pay and their policy meant we had to leave. Don't know why they don't want to do this sort of low-end business in Australia.We briefly looked at Heroku and others but quickly realised that since we demand enterprise strength security, strength insight, and reliability, we had to choose IBM Bluemix.
John Olsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

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.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM Cloud Foundry

  • Bluemix has allowed me to effectively serve the App industry more recently, especially with the new visual design implemented recently.
  • BlueMix offers a lot more customization of the Platform, rather than Infrastructure, giving me a big edge over other companies offering only AWS or Azure cloud services, and brings a lot more apparent value to my business.
  • The additional features, especially the Watson service subset offers a HUGE range of new and innovative technologies, especially in the realm of AI, that encourages my clients to test out new potential features, which leads to more sales as they increase there platform size and capability.
Craig Nash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • It has taken a few years of planning and growth (which continue), but we've been able to successfully budget and plan for ever increased capacity by starting first with some Virtual Machines and factoring in on-prem maintenance vs cloud constant improvements. VM (server, compute, networking) costs even out quickly over time and will show savings very soon.
  • Because of Azure Application Gateways (which cost very little to set up and maintain), we were able to build a state of the art single-sign-on hub for all of our users and other enterprise platforms (mostly non-Microsoft and non Azure systems), reducing the amount of time to switch among these for workers and increasing overall productivity.
  • With Azure Active Directory, we do not need to maintain separate identity systems and can more easily integrate our organizations credentials into authorization for access to other systems.
Matt Varney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cloud Foundry

General

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

IBM Cloud Foundry Editions & Modules

Edition
Community Runtimes$0.071
  1. Per GBH
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Azure

General

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

Microsoft Azure Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Foundry
8.6
Microsoft Azure
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Foundry
7.0
Microsoft Azure
10.0

Usability

IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
8.4

Reliability and Availability

IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
6.8

Support Rating

IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
8.4

Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Foundry
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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