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Pros
"The cost of hosting the solution is very reasonable. It's quite inexpensive."

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"The most valuable feature is the interface.""It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is that it is easy to use.""Reliable with ease of provisional services.""I like the ExpressRoute because that makes it easy to configure connectivity to Azure-hosted services.""The most valuable features are the interface and customizability.""It comes with a lot of ready-made studies that we can connect with other existing Microsoft applications, for example, Office, Outlook, Chatline, and OneDrive. Everything is behind the scenes running with Azure. It's easy to build the connectors.""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."

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Cons
"From a performance point of view, Huawei and Azure are faster. Alibaba isn't as good."

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"The price could be improved as well as the interface speed, and technical support.""Stability can suffer in the context of a large architecture.""The pricing can be reduced.""More expensive than other solutions without justification.""Azure could be made more user-friendly.""Dashboards and reporting could be improved.""They are a bit closed on the customization side. If they open the customization then it will be very good.""There were also a lot of constraints with the serverless parts."

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"The cost is a little high and can be more competitive.""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 pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS.""Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers.""The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually.""Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent.""It's a very expensive machine and I would like for them to improve the price. There are smaller sized competitors who offer cheaper prices."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The cost of hosting the solution is very reasonable. It's quite inexpensive.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is quite good and is one of the main reasons we still use it.
Top Answer: We use Azure and Huawei as well, and, from an ease of use perspective, those two are much better. Alibaba should work to make the solution simpler like them. The interface could be more user-friendly… more »
Top Answer: It was very user-friendly when setting up the virtual machines and console. It was an easy task for my team to create virtual servers and start replications.
Top Answer: It should have cost optimization tools. Customers are required to use third-party applications to avoid usage complications. Also, charging on downloads is not a good option, especially when it moves… more »
Top Answer: Implementation of Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery solution, where we used Carbonite Availability as the primary tool and Microsoft Azure as secondary/target location. Real-time replication… more »
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Overview

Alibaba Cloud offers a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support growing enterprises worldwide, including data storage, relational databases, big-data processing, and content delivery networks.

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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Schneider Electric, BorderX Lab, Royal Philips, Catchpoint, Conversant, Blogmint BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
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Manufacturing Company17%
Financial Services Firm14%
Computer Software Company14%
Government7%
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Computer Software Company48%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School4%
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Alibaba Cloud is ranked 13th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 1 review while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 17 reviews. Alibaba Cloud is rated 6.0, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Alibaba Cloud writes "Good pricing and security, but lacks decent performance". 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". Alibaba Cloud is most compared with Google Firebase, DigitalOcean, Amazon AWS, SAP S4HANA on AWS and SAP Hybris on AWS, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, IBM Public Cloud and SAP Hybris on AWS.

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