Google Firebase vs. Microsoft Azure

As of February 2019, Google Firebase is ranked 4th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 2 reviews vs Microsoft Azure which is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 27 reviews. The top reviewer of Google Firebase writes "We use this technology to build mobile applications and to communicate with our back-end infrastructure". The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Puts the "scaffolding" in place and allows you to focus on the business solution". Google Firebase is most compared with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and DigitalOcean. Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, SAP Cloud Platform and Heroku. See our Google Firebase vs. Microsoft Azure report.
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Pros
It has security rules to control database read/write operations in real-time.Allows us to create functions without any infrastructure apart from the Google App Engine.

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Azure has improved my organization because it is a new technology and so the customers who don't have enough knowledge about the cloud delegate the administration of their cloud infrastructure to us. We incorporate and add a new service to our product lineup about how to manage their Azure. It impacts our business because we're able to incorporate this new service.Much more intuitive and more visual than AWS. More obvious where things are and how to change their configurations, etc.Being able to set up, change and configure VMs is easy - a lot easier than in AWS.Feedback and error messages make much more sense in Azure than in AWS.It was easy to deploy our applications on it.Azure has the best website amongst all cloud computing platforms. It is simple to utilize, and one can release nearly anything, from app services to host sites.I come from the DBA side so for me it's the easy maintenance; backups are very easy as well.Storage has made remote access to files much more painless and easy.

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Cons
Firebase uses JSON, and the storage format is very different to that of SQL. This does not allow for easy migrations.Google Cloud Functions (which is still a BETA version) needs to have more control over the uploaded functions. That is, it needs more options for controlling the functions itself.

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The interface is not easy to use. I'd like to see them develop a better interface, more graphical information about the resource and the consumer.There are a number of services offered by AWS that are not yet available on Azure.We have faced some challenges trying to deploy a new ESP application.Establishing the account in the beginning was very difficult.I would like to see more databases on the cloud, what they call today Big Data should be there.Scalability is definitely in need of improvement. Azure is a very good solution but it still lacks the performance of other cloud platforms.Azure does not handle scalability as well as its competitors. Sometimes a 10 percent increase in a server with 20 percent of CPU usage pushes the server up to 100 percent load, and you start having performance issues.We had issues with the Mobile Service ORM and the Azure SQL Database (cloud version of SQL Server). At times, the queries that are created automatically from the ORM mapping are not very well optimized for this database and that can lead to performance and stability issues. On occasion, the connection manager from the ORM does not handle the database connections very well.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
They have a free tier that will cover most projects. For more intensive use, you pay as you use it, but the price is very cheap.

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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.The pricing is very competitive.The cost-benefit equation for Azure is very good, particularly for small applications. However, Microsoft should do much, much more to improve how costs are communicated and how to forecast them. The Azure Pricing Calculator is not useful.Pricing is very difficult to guesstimate. With so many a la carte options and individual pricing it can be a hassle to understand.If you are not aware of costs, pricing, etc., you can end up with a hefty bill. However, I found that the Azure price calculator is a valuable tool to use before starting to deploy VMs in Azure. This tool will give you an overview of the costs you should expect on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis.Several thousand dollars and counting, we haven't needed to upgrade on premises hardware (In fact we eliminated all of the old on-premises hardware and run 100% on Azure) or pay for it's maintenance, power etc.Keep to PaaS to gain the optimal benefits from an OPEX finance and resource perspective.It’s necessary to use third party products or to use good self-management economic tools

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5,864
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4,467
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48,751
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27
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922
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8.8
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Also Known As
Windows Azure, Azure
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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
Fabulous, Pic Collage, Shazam, SkyScanner BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
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REVIEWERS
Software R&D Company19%
Retailer13%
Healthcare Company6%
Outsourcing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm21%
Media Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Healthcare Company8%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise34%
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