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Question: Looking to compare Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure
Answer: We like Google Firebase hosting and authentication and also the excellent cloud functionality. Our team found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful. We also like that it has security rules to control database read/write operations in real time. We feel the stability and performance of Google Firebase to be very good. We feel it would be advantageous for Google Firebase to have capabilities to work offline. If Google Firebase had faster migration and support for more languages it would be a more attractive solution. Amazon AWS has been great in helping us move clients easily and seamlessly to the cloud and offers a wide range of cloud services within the growing AWS ecosystem. It interacts very well with on-premise data centers. You can scale up to an unlimited number of processes very quickly. They offer a price forecasting and billing dashboard broken down by service, with budgets and alerts that have helped us recognize and shut down services we no longer needed (thereby reducing costs), which has been a very big win for us overall. You really have to watch your costs for processes and such if you go with AWS, as they can add up very quickly. Also, although AWS is available globally, not all service centers offer every service, so it causes some functionality issues in different markets. Microsoft Azure is extremely scalable with the capability to build an environment quickly. The automation and agility of Microsoft Azure is very valuable. It offers a great information protection feature - you can create custom labels for different documents and files. This keeps data more organized and secure. Support with Microsoft Azure depends on the plan you purchase; lower-tier plans get limited support. Microsoft Azure can be a very expensive solution overall and can be complex to set up and manage. Integration with other products needs to be better. Microsoft Azure seems to be a bit slow in catching up with what other solutions have to offer. Conclusion: All of these solutions are very good and offer many of the same features and perform similar functions and capabilities. Although Google Firebase tends to be a slightly cheaper and more flexible option, at the end of the day it boils down to which ecosystem you or your client are more heavily vested with as each of these solutions has attributes that make them more valuable and more efficient within their prescribed ecosystem.
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"I like many features, like the recently released useful analytics features. There are many from the data analytics or database side.""AWS is easy to manage.""The best features are flexibility and cost.""The ease of use is the biggest benefit.""The most valuable feature is that it is simple.""The main reason why we use EC2 is because we are not dependent on maintaining the hardware inside our premises. Also, we have full control over the infrastructure, and we can modify it as per our own requirements.""It is stable. For the cloud version, we require some installation platforms and we don't have a server with us right now. We require it from Amazon AWS. We can just plan and get the AWS server.""I have found the trusted advisor tool works well, we are using it to get some insight into the security status and the processing of the applications."

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"The most valuable aspect of Azure is the flexibility you have for all the services and solutions it offers, even if you use IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS, you have the option to only pay for the services you use.""Azure allows us to bring applications to life quickly.""The product has been quite stable.""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.""In terms of computer resource management and reduced cost, it is very, very effective. In large environments, it gives you a lot of flexibility to provide different services, like disaster recovery and business continuity with simple and great options because you don't have to spend a lot of time for maintenance, upgrades, and security.""Being cloud-based saves the provisioning aspect of an on-premises solution.""There are plenty of functions available that we have used extensively. It is a complete platform of services.""The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."

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"I don't have complaints. Previously, we asked for more end-to-end workshops, examples, and tutorials and these have been added and improved.""The price could be better.""The interface is relatively complex.""The pricing could be a bit high at times. It's something they could improve upon.""The solution could always be further improved on the commercial side of things. Amazon Web Services are not cheap. It would be ideal if it was less expensive for the customer.""It would be ideal if they could provide automatic health reports. That way, I would be able to understand at a glance the state of my services at any given time.""The pricing of the solution could be better. It's a little pricey.""They could lower the cost. The setup could also be easier."

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"It would be nice if there was an on-premises version of the solution, and it wasn't just cloud-based.""Onboarding customers is a challenge. Sometimes our customers don't know how to deal with the cloud environment. Maybe the customers are more comfortable with the old-fashioned on-premise environment.""The deployment was quite complex.""The market place can be raised, and the CMT can be more sophisticated to create more opportunities for the end users.""They should create integrations with more platforms.""They should include a cybersecurity feature to improve the protection of the systems. They could do better in terms of the pricing model. Its price keeps on changing. Their technical support can also be better.""Auto ML could be improved technically.""The solution could improve by providing better tutorials and documentation."

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"It could be cheaper, and Amazon could also be more transparent with its pricing. I would first expect any product vendor to give me the utmost transparency on pricing information. There shouldn't be any hidden costs. Their service offerings have a bit of segmentation, and they focus more on SMBs. They brought them onto the cloud and encouraged them to use solutions on the cloud. But strategically, they should probably improve that and offer some credits.""It's an expensive product.""We have a monthly subscription for Amazon AWS.""Amazon AWS is really cost-effective.""It's paid on a monthly basis and you have to pay for the resources that you use.""The license for Amazon AWS is expensive. I am currently using the free version.""Looking at the primary market for AWS, I see that there's a lot of customers who have only mid-level performance requirements, because you will have all these normal applications such as online auction websites, gaming applications, voice applications, and so on. These are not, for example, large monitoring applications, financial independents, or brick and mortar companies. So AWS caters to about 40% of the market when it comes to general applications. As it happens, in many cases, you simply don't need the high-performance offerings from AWS, nor the innovative products from Google Cloud Platform, which can come with large price tags.""The price for AWS is good."

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"With adequate knowledge, I think you can come up with a good model where the pricing won't be a constraint.""The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually.""I believe that we have a three-year license, and I'm happy with the pricing.""Pricing is comparable but from a cost perspective, this solution is the cheapest.""It is affordable, but its subscription price could be cheaper.""It's a pay-as-you-go subscription.""Licensing fees are paid monthly.""The price needs to be lower because they're competing with AWS."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Open Shift makes managing infrastructure easy because of self-healing and automatic scaling. There is also a wonderful dashboard mechanism to alert us in case the application is over-committing or is… more »
Top Answer: How is SAP Cloud Platform different than Amazon AWS? Amazon AWS offers options both in terms of upgrading and expanding capabilities as well as acquiring greater storage space. These upgrades can… more »
Top Answer: We like Google Firebase hosting and authentication and also the excellent cloud functionality. Our team found the flexibility of handling and dealing with the database through EDL to be very useful… more »
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 »
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: 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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Overview

Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon.com. These services operate from 12 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as "EC2", and Amazon Simple Storage Service, also known as "S3". Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

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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Pinterest, General Electric, Pfizer, Netflix, and Nasdaq.
BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company28%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider7%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Media Company6%
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Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise71%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise64%
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Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 126 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 151 reviews. Amazon AWS is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Flexible, scales well, and offers good stability". 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". Amazon AWS is most compared with OpenShift, SAP Cloud Platform, IBM Public Cloud, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Google App Engine, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, IBM Public Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform. See our Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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