Microsoft Azure vs Amazon, Google, and VMware
Posted by: Dmitry Sotnikov on: October 29, 2008
It is obviously too early to declare a clear winner here. Below is a feature-by-feature comparison table. Here’s a quick summary for each of them.
Microsoft Windows Azure
Currently in early private beta but boasts an impressive set of APIs, great development story, and a promise for good enterprise integration.
Amazon Web Services
The most mature solution on the market and the first one to exit beta. Offers basic cloud infrastructure required (compute power to run virtual machines, storage, communication queues, database) and allows you to fully control your virtual machines and run your LAMP- or Microsoft-stack applications any way you like.
Google App Engine
Boasts the “drop your code and we’ll figure out the rest” approach taking care of all the scalability and infrastructure management for you.
A pre-announced solution promising to let you simply take your standard VMware virtual appliances and run them anywhere: on-premise or in a datacenter of any provider supporting VMware’s infrastructure.
Now let’s look at each of them closer and examine them feature by feature:
What’s your take? Did I miss any features or comparison criteria?
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25 Responses to "Microsoft Azure vs Amazon, Google, and VMware"
[...] оттенок синего. Век живи – век учись.Вчера попытался сравнить по фичам Windows Azure с соответствующими решениям�…. [...]
А не рано сравнивать?
VMware вообще голодранцем выглядит
MS весь в белом, но что будет после релиза?
И можно ли сравнивать вообще?
у VMware это скорее продукт.
У MS(да и прочих) скорее услуга.
Потенциально, VMware выглядит очень интересно в том, что они единственные, кто не собирается привязывать клиента к своему датацентру.
Это очень привлекательно. Потому что со всеми остальными есть большая проблема в том, что они заставляют вас размещать свое приложение у них и только у них. А если через год оказывается, что сервис, скажем, Гугла, Амазона или Микрософта так себе, сплошные простои и денег берут чрезмерно – то уже никуда не деться – надо под другого провайдера все переписать.
У вмвары (на бумаге) все с этим хорошо. Хочешь: гоняй машины у себя внутри сети, хочешь: у *любого* из провайдеров партнеров, хочешь: везде по чуть-чуть и постоянно переходи от одного к другому.
При этом степень готовности продукта, конечно, разная от самого зрелого в этой четверки Амазона до даже недоступной в бете вмвары.
Что будет с вмварой и микрософтом к моменту их релиза сейчас трудно сказать. Да и Амазон с Гуглом не будут стоять на месте. В общем, будем следить и обновлять матрицу.
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Salesforce should be included in the comparison.
[...] it for Tiling ? Posted October 31, 2008 Filed under: Uncategorized | Cloudenterprise has posted a helpful table comparing Azure with AWS, Google and [...]
Anonymous who said, “Salesforce should be included in the comparison” obviously doesn’t get it. salesforce is a tiny sub-set of what the cloud is about. they’ll be gone soon….
[...] Microsoft Azure vs Amazon, Google, and VMware Now that we had a few days to look at Microsoft’s Windows Azure it is time to compare it with other alternatives [...] [...]
What about ensuring data privacy?
You forgot to mention that the Azure Services are accessible from Ruby and Java (with open source SDKs and samples available now). And that Microsoft has announced that native code will be supported in the future (opening the door for writing ruby and java code that can run on Azure).
Oops…you also forgot to mention Salesforce.com. They have a very powerful cloud platform!
I was under impression that Salesforce.com basically lets you develop add-ons to their system, and thus are limiting the user base you can reach, whereas with other folks your apps are accessible to the whole world.
Is that (still) the case?
If it is, that would be a bit like comparing Excel macros with Windows APIs.
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[...] a level of abstraction around the platform: compute, storage and management. CloudEnterprise has an interesting comparison of Windows Azure to Amazon AWS, Google App Engine and [...]
[...] They are still pretty far from having that firmed up, but one thing that all of the cloud services highlights is as you start to take pieces of an application that are normally hosted in the same data center and then scatter them into the cloud, it will be very difficult to manage QoS between nodes. It will be interesting to see how they address this when/if componentized services hosted in the cloud gain decent adoption. I found an interesting article that discusses the different features in each cloud service offering. Read it at: http://cloudenterprise.info/2008/10/29/microsoft-azure-vs-amazon-google-and-vmware/
Operating system support could have been included.
Like whether it supports instances like Linux, Windows and so on.
With VMware vCloud – the answer is obviously we don’t know yet, but I would imagine that they are doing as much as they can to have Windows licensing agreement struck with Microsoft. Linux should obviously be OK anyways.
Microsoft is Windows only and not likely to change soon.
Amazon is Windows and Linux.
And for Google the question is really not applicable as they are offering APIs much higher up the stack and do not let you work on OS level at all.
Thank you for the interesting article, and all the additional links to other interesting articles. Does anyone know if there are plans for cloud-based eCommerce software such as dashcommerce, or osCommerce? I look forward to seeing which one of the above mentioned players will establish itself as the go-to company for businesses.
Google App Engine can also run Java as well as Ruby on Rails via JRuby which is a Java TM implementation of the Ruby interpreter. With JRuby in a sense you get the best of both worlds, i.e. Ruby libraries plus Java libraries which can be accessed using either Ruby or Java language. Check out: http://jruby-rack.appspot.com/
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