[cloud providers]Cloud Providers Comparison

The cloud computing providers comparison delivers detailed information about each cloud computing company. It breaks down each cloud computing provider offer into 130+ distinct features that might be relevant to your cloud computing provider selection process (such as SLA, security, and certifications - SSAE 16, HIPPA, FISMA, and PCI). The cloud computing providers comparison gathers everything into a single resource.
Providers
M5 Cloud Hosting Kamatera ZettaGrid ElasticHosts e24cloud Google Cloud Platform AWS (Amazon Web Services) Exoscale Cloudware Microsoft Azure Storm on Demand
Cloud Features & Management
Hourly Pay-As-You-Go
yes
yes
no
with burst pricing
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
per minute
yes
no
Cloud Management Software
CloudStack
proprietary
VMware Cloud Director
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
CloudStack
OnApp
proprietary
proprietary
One Account For All Locations
yes
yes
yes
Coming soon
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
one location only
yes
yes
yes
Web Interface
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Mobile App
no
no
no
no
Dedicated app for iOS and Android
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Languages
English, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), Russian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Arabic; support in English
English
English
English
English, Polish, German
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
English
English
English, Bulgarian
English
English
Terminal access
yes
no
yes
VNC
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
no
yes
API
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
AWS-compatible API
Object storage compatible with AWS S3.
partial
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
OpenStack-compatible API
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Command line
yes
no
no
yes
With AWS command line tools
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Auto-scaling
yes
no
yes
Vertical with Elastic Containers
yes
Vertical
yes
horizontal
yes
horizontal
yes
no
no
horizontal
yes
no
Vertical scaling without reboot
no
no
yes
with Elastic Containers
yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Image from cloud server
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
in development
no
no
yes
yes
Upload cloud server image
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
VM Import/Export Tools
yes
in development
no
no
yes
no
Download cloud server image
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
VM Import/Export Tools
yes
in development
no
no
yes
no
Mount CD/DVD ISO
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
Cloud Servers
Hypervisor
Xen
VMware
KVM
KVM
KVM
Xen
KVM
KVM
Hyper-V
Xen
RAM
2 GB - 120 GB
1 GB - 256 GB
256 MB - 1500 GB
0.25 GB - 64 GB
512 MB - 32 GB
0.6 GB - 3.75 TB
630 MB - 3904 GB
512 MB - 225 GB
512 MB - 16 GB
448 GB available only in G family instances, which are available only in few regions.
768 MB - 448 GB
1 GB - 256 GB
CPU cores
1 - 24
1 - 64
1 - 48
1 - 16
1 - 16
1 - 160
1 - 128
1 - 48
1 - 16
32 cores available only in G family instances, which are available only in West US region.
1 - 16
(32 in West US)
1 - 64
Storage
5 GB - 16 TB
20 GB - 20 TB
500GB - 400TB
1 GB - 14.5 TB
40 GB - 5 TB
1 GB - 64 TB
Instance: 160 GB - 48 TB
EBS: 1 GB - 20 TB
10 GB - 8000 GB
10 GB - 500 GB
Maximum storage size depends on server type, in most cases 2 TB per CPU core.
1 GB - 32 TB
35 GB - 15 TB
Persistent instance storage
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Unless using SSD local storage.
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Custom RAM & CPU ratio
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
no
Independent storage size
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Can be extended or replaced by EBS.
no
UI provides typical disk sizes by default, but it can be customized in advanced settings or via API.
yes
yes
Each instance type has preallocated storage, which can be then extended. Maximum storage reaches 2 TB per CPU core.
partial
Storage can be extended.
no
Burstable CPU
yes
yes
no
yes
no
only f1-micro
no
With exception of t1 and t2 instance types
partial
no
CPU can burst up to 4x if capacity is available.
yes
no
no
GPU instances
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
SSD Storage Available
Hybrid
yes
yes
IO based storage tiering
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
D instance family only.
yes
yes
Resource usage monitoring (CPU, RAM, disc, network, ...)
yes
yes
Via VMware vSphere
yes
yes
Including application metrics for typical open source software.
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
Turned off Cost
storage and IP
storage and IP
full
storage only
storage only
storage only
EBS storage if used, Elastic IP if used
storage
full
full
full
Images & Licenses
Preinstalled cloud server images
14
44
112
28
24
Including "Click to Deploy software packages"
28
12000+
10
20
102
10
Windows license
Windows 2008 R2 Standard, Windows 2012 Standard
yes
7
8.1
10
Server 2008 R2 Web,Standard,Enterprise,Datacenter
2012 R2 Standard,Datacenter
2016 Standard,Datacenter
yes
2016, 2019, 2022
yes
2008 R2 Web, Standard, Enterprise
2012 Standard
Remote Desktop Services SALs
yes
2008 R2 Standard, 2012
yes
2008 R2
yes
yes
2008 R2
2012
2012 R2
yes
2012 STD R2
yes
Server 2008 R2 SP1
Server 2012 Datacenter
Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Server Essentials Experience
HPC Pack 2012 R2
Server Technical Preview/br/>
yes
2008 R2
yes
SQL Server license
SQL Server Standard, Web, Enterprise
yes
no
Standard, Enterprise, Web
yes
2008 Web, Standard, Enterprise
2012 Standard
yes
no
no
yes
yes
on request
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Std, Web, Enterprise
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 Std, Web, Enterprise
SQL Server 2012 SP1 Std, Web, Enterprise
SQL Server 2014 Std, Web, Enterprise
yes
no
RedHat Linux license
no
no
yes
no
no
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Other licenses
cPanel
yes
no
Citrix, Veeam, Zerto, Trend,
yes
no
no
SUSE
yes
Oracle, ...
no
no
MS Sharepoint, MS BizTalk Server, MS Team Foundation Server, MS Dynamics, Oracle, SUSE
yes
no
Transfer MS License
no
no
Microsoft License mobility supported.
yes
When Windows is installed from ISO CD.
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
Transfer
Transfer or bandwidth
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
bandwidth
transfer
transfer
Free transfer in
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
10 Mbps
yes
yes
yes
Free transfer included
no
Only for monthly billing
5 TB per cloud server
no
1 TB (Dallas and Miami)
50 GB per account
no
no
1 TB per cloud server
10 Mbps
5 GB
no
Pay-as-you-go
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Transfer packages
no
no
yes
Lower price if you commit in advance.
yes
no
no
no
no
no
no
yes
No Transfer Limit
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
100 Mbps
yes
yes
yes
Transfer per server or account
account
account
server
account
account
account
account
per account
cloud server
account
account
Free private transfer
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Within an availability zone.
yes
Only within a zone.
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Free transfer to dedicated/collocation
yes
N/A
yes
no
Hosted in beyond.pl
yes
no
no
no
no
no
Networking
Free IP
no
no
yes
1 dynamic per cloud server
yes
1 per cloud server
yes
1 IP per server while it is running
yes
1 per cloud server, either dynamic or fixed but paid if cloud server is off.
yes
yes
yes
5 per account
yes
Mappable IP
yes
no
yes
First server attached, additional can be mapped
yes
no
yes
Elastic IP
yes
additional EIP addresses can be mapped to one or more servers
yes
no
yes
no
Multiple IP per cloud server
yes
yes
Service request with justification
yes
yes
yes
Only private and public
no
yes
yes
yes
no
Max 8 per server
yes
IP cost
$0.005 per hour
$1 per month
5.50
$3 per month
€0.005 per hour
$0.01 per hour
One free per cloud server if running.
$0.005 / hour
0.0128 EUR / hour
2.5 BGN / month
$0.004 per hour
$5
IPv6
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
Private IP
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
Manage VLANs
Virtual Private Cloud
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Virtual Private Cloud
yes
no
no
yes
yes
Load balancing service
yes
no
Included with Basic and Advanced NSX firewalls
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
Load balancing type
software
software
yes
no
software
software
software
no
DNS
Security
Encrypted storage
no
no
yes
yes
no
All data written to disks is encrypted by default.
yes
no
no
no
no
no
VLAN per customer
If in "Virtual Private Cloud" or "Isolated"
yes
yes
yes
Can be purchased
no
yes
yes
If in Virtual Private Cloud
yes
Via support request
yes
no
Dedicated & cloud servers in single VLAN
May require setup cost
yes
N/A
yes
no
no
no
no
Private networks available
yes
Via support request
yes
no
no
VPN
via support
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
Via support request
yes
Only to created virtual networks.
yes
yes
Firewall
Virtual Private Cloud and Isolated networks only
yes
no
Via Cloud Director
yes
yes
no
yes
$0.05 / hour
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
ISO/IEC 27001
yes
no
yes
London Maidenhead, UK and Hong Kong
partial
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
SSAE 16 (former SAS 70 Type II)
yes
no
no
Only USA locations
partial
no
SOC2 and SOC3
yes
yes
yes
no
SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3
yes
yes
HIPAA Compilant
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
FISMA Compilant
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
PCI DSS
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
Safe Harbor / EU Directive 95/46/EC
yes
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Locations
North America
San Diego, CA, USA
yes
New York, USA
Santa Clara, USA
Texas, USA
yes
no
Dallas, TX, USA
Miami, FL, USA
San Jose, CA, USA
Los Angeles, CA, USA
San Antonio, TX, USA
Toronto, Canada
yes
no
Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA (East)
Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA (Central)
The Dalles, Oregon, USA (West)
Ashburn, Nort Virginia, USA (East)
Montreal, Canada
yes
Northern Virginia, USA (East) Northern California, USA (West) Oregon, USA (West)
yes
no
no
Central US, Iowa
East US, Virginia
North Central US, Illinois
South Central US, Texas
West US, California
Toronto, Canada
Quebec City, Canada
yes
Lansing, MI, USA Phoenix, AZ, USA
yes
South America
no
no
no
no
no
São Paulo, Brasil
yes
São Paulo, Brazil
yes
no
no
Brazil, Sao Paulo State
yes
no
Europe
no
Amsterdam, Netherlands
London, UK
yes
no
London Maidenhead, UK
London Portsmouth, UK
Amsterdam, Netherlands
yes
Poznań & Warsaw Poland
yes
St. Ghislain, Belgium, EU (West)
London, UK, EU (West)
Frankfurt, Germany, EU (West)
Eemshaven, Netherlands, EU (West)
yes
Ireland
yes
Switzerland, Austria, Germany
yes
Sofia, Bulgaria
yes
Ireland
Netherlands
yes
no
Asia
no
Hong Kong, China
Petach Tikva, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Rosh Haayin, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
yes
Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia), Cibutung (Indonesia)
yes
Hong Kong, China
yes
no
Mumbai, India (Asia South)
Changhua County, Taiwan (Asia East)
Tokyo, Japan (Asia North East)
Jurong West, Singapore (Asia South East)
yes
Singapore Tokyo, Japan
yes
no
no
East Asia, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia, Singapore
Japan East, Saitama Prefecture
Japan West, Osaka Prefecture
yes
no
Australia
no
no
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane
yes
Sydney
yes
no
Sydney, Australia
yes
Sydney, Australia
yes
no
no
Australia East, New South Wales
Australia Southeast, Victoria
yes
no
Africa
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Reliability & Failover
SLA level
99.95%
99.9%
3% TCP/IP loss rate
30 ms latency
99.999%
100%
99.98%
99.95%
99.995%
99.95%
99.9%
For 2+ VMs running in the same "Availability Set".
99.95%
Network & power
100%
SLA credit
5% for first 5 min. and every subsequent 30 min. Up to 100%.
20-45% of monthly bill
10,000% up to one month bill
200% of hourly service fee for each hour
10% - 50%
10% of annual bill
99.95% - 98.3%: 50% monthly fee
< 98.3%: 100% monthly fee
<99.9% - 10%
<99% - 25%
1,000% of unavailable time
SLA exceptions
scheduled maintenance
maitenance, customer generated failure, exploited server
Scheduled Maintenance, Force Majure
<15 min., maintenance
planned maintenance
maitenance, periods < 5 min.
5 min.
planned maintenance
out of Microsoft control
scheduled maintenance, attracts
Multiple zones in region
yes
no
yes
Only US west and UK
partial
yes
yes
2 - 5 per region
yes
Geneva and Zurich
yes
no
Some geographic regions have multiple "regions" in Azure. There is also a concept of "fault domain", has separate power source and different network switch. Azure automatically allocates instances in the same role or "availability set" into different fault domains.
partial
Only US Central (Lansing, MI)
yes
Tier 3+ DC
yes
yes
Tier 3:
Miami, FL, USA
Sydney, Australia
London Portsmouth, UK
Amsterdam, NL
Hong Kong

Tier 2:
London Maidenhead, UK
Dallas, TX, USA
Toronto, Canada
Los Angeles, CA, USA
San Jose, CA, USA
partial
yes
yes
yes
Only US Central (Lansing, MI)
partial
Automatic failover to other server
yes
no
With warm copy in different zone
yes
yes
yes
Live migration allows moving running instances to another server without downtime - host maintenance doesn't affect cloud server availability.
yes
Auto Recovery service applies only to C3, C4, M3, R3, and T2 instance types running in the US East (Northern Virginia) region. The instances must be running within a VPC, must use EBS-backed storage, but cannot be Dedicated Instances.
partial
yes
yes
Live migration allows moving running instances to another server without downtime - host maintenance doesn't affect cloud server availability.
yes
no
Storage attachment
network
network
server
no
network & local
Instance storage: server EBS: network
local
server
network
server
RAID level
ZFS pool of mirrors with ZIL and L2ARC
RAID 1
RAID 6
10
no
Bare Metal: none, RAID 1, 10
Backup - snapshot
yes
yes
yes
with Elastic Containers
partial
yes
t
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Backup - storage
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
S3 or Glacier
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
Services
Cloud Files service
Compatible with AWS S3.
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
S3 (Simple Storage Service)
yes
yes
no
yes
no
CDN service
no
no
no
no
no
In beta.
yes
Cloud Front
yes
no
no
yes
no
DNS service
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Route 53
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
NoSQL service
no
no
no
no
no
yes
DynamoDB, Redshift, SimpleDB
yes
no
no
yes
no
SQL service
no
no
no
no
no
yes
RDS (Simple Storage Service) - MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle
yes
MySQL
yes
no
yes
no
Memcache service
no
no
no
no
no
yes
ElastiCache
yes
no
no
yes
no
Dedicated servers
yes
no
no
no
In beyond.pl
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
As LiquidWeb
yes
Collocation
yes
no
yes
no
In beyond.pl
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
As LiquidWeb
yes
Support
Response Time
In urgent cases, not guaranteed.
15 min.
SLA:
- 60 minutes for severity 1 incidents
- 8 hours standard requests
15 min. Platinum Plan
1 hour Gold Plan
4 hours Silver Plan
none for Bronze Plan
Basic: free
Developer: $49/month
Business: tiered 10% - 3%, min. $100
Enterprise: tiered 10% - 3%, min. $15,00
Basic: -
Developer: 12 hours
Business: 1 hour
Enterprise: 15 min.
15 min. incidents 1 hour standard requests
Extended 24/7: 30 min.
Standard 24/7: 1 hour
Extended 9/5: 1 hour
Standard 9/5: 2 hours
SLA:
Developer: 8h
Standard: 2h
Professional: 1h
Premier: 15 min
24x7
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Platinum Plan - high priority issues
Gold Plan - Outages only
yes
yes
yes
With minimum Standard 24/7 support package.
yes
all paid plans
yes
yes
Free
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Bronze plan - billing issues only, otherwise community and knowledge center
yes
Basic level does not include any contact possibilities
no
yes
no
included level covers only billing issues
no
infrastructure level
yes
Phone
After ticket opened on-line
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
Gold and Platinum plans
yes
Business, Enterprise levels
yes
no
yes
Standard (3 per month), Professional and Premier levels
yes
yes
Chat
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Business, Enterprise levels
yes
no
no
no
yes
Ticket system or email
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Paid plans only
yes
Developer, Business, Enterprise levels
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Forum
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
Knowledge base
yes
no
yes
FAQ and tutorials
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
FAQ
yes
yes
yes
Managed services
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
no
Enterprise level
yes
no
no
no
yes
Billing
Cloud server biling period
hourly
hour
month
15 min
yes
second (1 minute minimum)
second (1 minute minimum)
minute
month
minute
hour
No monthly precharge
yes
yes
no
For burst (hourly) use above $0.20 / hour you must have sufficient balance to cover 14 days of the excess use at the point that you add disk space or start a server.
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Billing per cloud server or account
account
cloud server
yes
account
cloud server
see sustained usage discounts
account
cloud server
account
cloud server
cloud server
cloud server
License billing period
hour
hour
month
month
hour
second (1 minute minimum)
Eventhough VMs are billed to a second, licenses are billed per hour.
hour
hour
month
minute
hour
Prepaid
no
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
also post-paid
yes
yes
no
no
Currency
USD
USD
AUD, SGD, IDR
Depending on the location
USD, GBP, EUR
USD, EUR, PLN
USD
USD
USD, EUR, CHF
BGN
USD, EUR, CAD, GBP, DKK, NOK, SEK, CHF, JPY, AUD, NZD, KWR, RUB, ZAR, TRY, SAR, ARS, BRL, HKD, INR, MXN, IDR, TWD, MYR
USD
Credit card
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
PayPal
For dedicated servers only
partial
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
Wire transfer
Large payments only
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
Resource plans
With Contract
yes
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
Longer subscription
With Contract
yes
no
yes
month and year
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
Reservation
With Contract
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Volume Discounts
With Contract or Reseller Agreement
yes
no
yes
yes
Bonuses for larger prepaid charges - up to 100%
yes
no
In reserved instances and transfer
yes
no
no
Enterprise Agreement
yes
no
Trial & Specials
Free trial
no
30 day
yes
30 days
yes
5 days
yes
20 PLN (~ $5) for Cloudorado users
yes
$300 for one year
yes
no
5 CHF, 4 EUR, 5 USD
yes
7 days
yes
$200
yes
no
Money back guarantee
no
no
7 Days
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
Free entry level service
no
no
no
no
no
Always Free limited access to many common services.
yes
Free Tier for one year
yes
no
no
MSDN subscribers get $50-$150 credits per month
yes
no
Third-Party Tools Support
Rightscale
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
Scalr
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
Provider Information
Name
M5 Hosting, Inc.
Kamatera Inc.
Zettagrid
ElasticHosts Ltd
Beyond.pl Sp z o. o.
Google Inc.
Amazon
Exoscale
Cloudware.bg
Microsoft
Liquid Web
Address
10601 Tierrasanta Blvd. #G-135, San Diego, CA 92124
Level 36 1 Farrer Place Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Studio 2.01 Power Road Studios 114 Power Road Chiswick London W4 5PY United Kingdom
ul. Palacza 113, 60-273 Poznań, Poland
Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Route de Marcolet 39 CH - 1023 Crissier Switzerland
1784 Sofia, Mladost 1
20A Andrey Saharov Blvd.
1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
4210 S. Creyts Rd, Lansing, MI 48917-9526, US
Year founded
2001
1995
2010
2008
2005
1998
1994
AWS: 2006
2011
2013
1975
Azure: 2010
1997
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