What is Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud?

Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud are the public cloud services that organizations widely use in their daily operations. The platforms allow the usage of basic computing facilities, along with storage and networking capabilities. Users are empowered with security compliance, autoscaling, and identity management features.

Cloud Computing’s enhanced capabilities and outstanding features have resulted in more matured analytical offerings. The users are now able to take better and reliable results with improved statistical information availability. In this article, we will compare the three most popular public cloud service platforms i.e. Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud. 

Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud Comparison


Microsoft Azure

Amazon AWS

Alibaba Cloud




Pay as you go model


Pay as you go model


Cheap. Combination of Pay as you go model and Per second billing



Regions Availability


Available in 140 countries/regions


Broader geographic coverage worldwide


Availability in handful regions including the US and Europe.





Azure shared app service, Azure batch, Azure auto scale, Azure functions, Azure web apps, Azure Cloud services



Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda, Amazon Lightsail, Auto Scaling, AWS Batch


Alibaba ECS, Web Hosting, Dedicated Host, Simple Application Server, Auto scaling, Batch compute




Azure Bob Storage, Azure File System, Azure Archive Storage, Azure Cool Storage, Azure Storsimple



Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), Amazon Storage Gateway


Object Storage Service, Block Storage, NAS File Storage, Object Storage Archive




Azure SQL Database, Azure CosmosDB, Azure Time Series Insights, Azure RedisCache, Azure SQL Data Warehouse



Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB. Amazon Neptune, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Elasticache


ApsaraDB for RDS MySQL, ApsaraDB for MongoDB, HiTSDB, ApsaraDB for Redis, Alibaba MaxCompute ODPS


Migration Services


Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Websites Migration Assistant, Azure Import/Export, Azure Data Box



AWS Database Migration Service, AWS Import/Export, AWS Snowball, AWS Snowmobile


Data Transmission Service, Data Transport




Azure DNS, Azure Traffic Manager



Amazon Route 53, Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow


Alibaba Cloud DNS


Pros and Cons of Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS & Alibaba Cloud





Microsoft Azure

  • High Availability

  • Security

  • Scalability

  • Cost Effectiveness

  • Requires Management

  • Requires Platform Expertise

 Amazon AWS

  • Easy to Use

  • No Capacity Limits

  • Provides Speed and Agility

  • Secure and Reliable

  • Limitations of Amazon EC2

  • Security Limitations

  • Technical Support Fee

  • General Cloud Computing Issues

 Alibaba Cloud

  • Easy to use

  • Stable

  • Cost Effective

  • Beta functions

  • Payment and Checkout Issues

Which is the popular choice?

Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud provide a broad range of computing, storage, networking, and other services. Among them, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure have a better geographic reach, while Alibaba Cloud is likely to grow in the future. The cost and the pricing models of Alibaba Cloud is cheaper and creates an opportunity for the customers to get the best possible deal.

Reference by: Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Alibaba Cloud and Computer Analysts & Recovery Experts Pte. Ltd.