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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"One of the features that I really like about IBM Cloud is the flexibility where you can order your own hardware.""The availability is second to none. Customer support is very good.""There is no installation for this product because it is a cloud product.""For non-complex applications, the IBM Cloud works fine and the price is much lower than the competitors.""It is easy to deploy what you need for the initial setup""I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good.""This is a predictable and dependable service."

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"We like that you sign in only once and that grants access to all of the Microsft applications, as well as others such as ServiceNow and SAP Concur.""Microsoft Azure has been easy to use in my experience.""Its ability to scale is most valuable. There are certain periods of the year when we are busier, and we're able to scale up and scale down with Azure depending upon our needs.""The time to market is fast compared back to the traditional on-premise hosting. That is one of the better things I can say because there is no need to worry. The Pack services will enable it to start immediately.""Azure Data Lake is useful. We are in the process of populating the data lake for our current project. Also, we are directly importing for Power BI to using PowerPlay.""There are a lot of valuable features in Microsoft Azure, such as Kubernetes, pipelines, and development environments.""It is stable and scalable.""I like the functionalities and the price. I'm very satisfied with Microsoft Azure."

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Cons
"They could improve on customizing reporting capabilities.""The product should offer more computing, similar to Amazon.""They do not have a very good virtual network implemented, and the VPC is the most important feature that needs to be improved.""The deployment can be a bit of a pain. There are a lot of packages and a lot of options and it can require complex configuration to get it right.""It could be more secure.""The initial setup and the pricing are areas that need improvement.""There is not a lot of support for this solution, which is something that needs to be improved."

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"There are always new features to add in terms of additional indicators, improving the looks of the dashboard and stuff. There are some dashboards that are not attractive, we are looking to make them fancier and nice-looking.""The initial setup can be improved.""The initial setup could be simplified.""I would like to see the console improved.""Microsoft Azure can be pretty advanced and difficult to understand. I would like it to be simplified. The licensing especially needs to be simplified.""I believe that some of the services need to be available on the on-premises version and not only based on the cloud.""The local support is fair but it is sometimes limited, the service could be better.""It is impossible to sell a cloud-based model here in Venezuela because we have strong inflation and most of our clients are immigrating to on-premises solutions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of IBM Cloud is very cheap compared to competitors AWS and Azure."
  • "The licensing fees are straightforward and predictable."
  • "Pricing is not as fair as Amazon or Azure."
  • "In order to be competitive, you have to commit to a contract for at least one year, but you pay a fixed monthly fee."
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  • "The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually."
  • "Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers."
  • "The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS."
  • "Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy."
  • "It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
  • "The cost is a little high and can be more competitive."
  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity… more »
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    I've found the stability to be excellent. The performance is good.
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    If you are an enterprise, or even just one person handling the solution for multiple clients, you will need to get a license. That said, you don't have to pay for licenses if you're an individual… more »
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    One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both… more »
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    I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
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    Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform is not easy or intuitive to deploy. The difficulty will be impacted by the type of application that you are trying to use the platform to build. Organizations that… more »
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    IBM Bluemix
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    Overview

    IBM Cloud is a full-stack cloud platform that spans public, private and hybrid environments. Build with a robust suite of advanced data and AI tools, and draw on deep industry expertise to help you on your journey to the cloud.

    Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.

    Windows Azure offers open across multiple frameworks,languages, and tools. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities are, catering for all elements of application development, deployment, and management.

    Azure is comprised of several different service modules,including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.

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    Sample Customers
    Uvionics Tech, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Alpha Modus, Inventive, Web Business Consulting, FindBrok, SilverHook Powerboats, United Way of Allegheny County
    BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Program Development Consultancy14%
    Political Organization14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise30%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    IBM Public Cloud is ranked 8th in PaaS Clouds with 7 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 176 reviews. IBM Public Cloud is rated 7.8, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Public Cloud writes "Flexible, user-friendly, and competitively-priced". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". IBM Public Cloud is most compared with Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, OpenShift and SAP Cloud Platform, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase and SAP Cloud Platform. See our IBM Public Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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