[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 Microsoft Azure AWS (Amazon Web Services) e24cloud Google Cloud Platform ZettaGrid Exoscale Cloudware
Cloud Features & Management
Hourly Pay-As-You-Go
yes
yes
per minute
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Cloud Management Software
CloudStack
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
VMware Cloud Director
CloudStack
OnApp
One Account For All Locations
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
one location only
yes
Web Interface
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Mobile App
no
no
no
yes
Dedicated app for iOS and Android
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
Terminal access
yes
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
API
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
AWS-compatible API
Object storage compatible with AWS S3.
partial
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
OpenStack-compatible API
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Command line
yes
no
yes
yes
With AWS command line tools
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Auto-scaling
yes
no
horizontal
yes
horizontal
yes
Vertical
yes
horizontal
yes
yes
no
no
Vertical scaling without reboot
no
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
Image from cloud server
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
in development
no
no
Upload cloud server image
yes
no
yes
VM Import/Export Tools
yes
no
yes
yes
in development
no
no
Download cloud server image
yes
no
yes
VM Import/Export Tools
yes
no
yes
yes
in development
no
no
Mount CD/DVD ISO
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
Cloud Servers
Hypervisor
Xen
Hyper-V
Xen
KVM
KVM
VMware
KVM
KVM
RAM
2 GB - 120 GB
1 GB - 256 GB
448 GB available only in G family instances, which are available only in few regions.
768 MB - 448 GB
630 MB - 3904 GB
512 MB - 32 GB
0.6 GB - 3.75 TB
256 MB - 1500 GB
512 MB - 225 GB
512 MB - 16 GB
CPU cores
1 - 24
1 - 64
32 cores available only in G family instances, which are available only in West US region.
1 - 16
(32 in West US)
1 - 128
1 - 16
1 - 160
1 - 48
1 - 48
1 - 16
Storage
5 GB - 16 TB
20 GB - 20 TB
Maximum storage size depends on server type, in most cases 2 TB per CPU core.
1 GB - 32 TB
Instance: 160 GB - 48 TB
EBS: 1 GB - 20 TB
40 GB - 5 TB
1 GB - 64 TB
500GB - 400TB
10 GB - 8000 GB
10 GB - 500 GB
Persistent instance storage
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
Unless using SSD local storage.
yes
yes
yes
yes
Custom RAM & CPU ratio
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
yes
no
yes
Independent storage size
yes
yes
Each instance type has preallocated storage, which can be then extended. Maximum storage reaches 2 TB per CPU core.
partial
Can be extended or replaced by EBS.
no
yes
yes
yes
UI provides typical disk sizes by default, but it can be customized in advanced settings or via API.
yes
yes
Burstable CPU
yes
yes
no
With exception of t1 and t2 instance types
partial
no
only f1-micro
no
no
no
CPU can burst up to 4x if capacity is available.
yes
GPU instances
no
no
yes
yes
no
yes
no
yes
no
SSD Storage Available
Hybrid
yes
yes
D instance family only.
yes
yes
no
yes
IO based storage tiering
yes
yes
yes
Resource usage monitoring (CPU, RAM, disc, network, ...)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Including application metrics for typical open source software.
yes
Via VMware vSphere
yes
no
yes
Turned off Cost
storage and IP
storage and IP
full
EBS storage if used, Elastic IP if used
storage only
storage only
full
storage
full
Images & Licenses
Preinstalled cloud server images
14
44
102
12000+
24
Including "Click to Deploy software packages"
28
112
10
20
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
Server 2008 R2 SP1
Server 2012 Datacenter
Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Server Essentials Experience
HPC Pack 2012 R2
Server Technical Preview/br/>
yes
yes
2008 R2 Standard, 2012
yes
2008 R2
yes
2016, 2019, 2022
yes
2008 R2
2012
2012 R2
yes
2012 STD R2
yes
SQL Server license
SQL Server Standard, Web, Enterprise
yes
no
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
yes
no
no
Standard, Enterprise, Web
yes
yes
on request
RedHat Linux license
no
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
Other licenses
cPanel
yes
no
MS Sharepoint, MS BizTalk Server, MS Team Foundation Server, MS Dynamics, Oracle, SUSE
yes
Oracle, ...
no
SUSE
yes
Citrix, Veeam, Zerto, Trend,
yes
no
no
Transfer MS License
no
no
no
When Windows is installed from ISO CD.
yes
yes
Microsoft License mobility supported.
yes
no
no
Transfer
Transfer or bandwidth
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
bandwidth
Free transfer in
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
10 Mbps
yes
Free transfer included
no
Only for monthly billing
5 TB per cloud server
5 GB
no
50 GB per account
no
no
1 TB per cloud server
10 Mbps
Pay-as-you-go
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Transfer packages
no
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
No Transfer Limit
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
100 Mbps
yes
Transfer per server or account
account
account
account
account
account
account
server
per account
cloud server
Free private transfer
yes
yes
yes
Only within a zone.
yes
yes
Within an availability zone.
yes
yes
yes
no
Free transfer to dedicated/collocation
yes
N/A
no
no
Hosted in beyond.pl
yes
no
yes
no
Networking
Free IP
no
no
5 per account
1 per cloud server, either dynamic or fixed but paid if cloud server is off.
yes
1 per cloud server
yes
1 IP per server while it is running
yes
yes
yes
yes
Mappable IP
yes
no
yes
Elastic IP
yes
no
yes
yes
additional EIP addresses can be mapped to one or more servers
yes
no
Multiple IP per cloud server
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Only private and public
no
Service request with justification
yes
yes
yes
IP cost
$0.005 per hour
$1 per month
$0.004 per hour
One free per cloud server if running.
$0.005 / hour
€0.005 per hour
$0.01 per hour
5.50
0.0128 EUR / hour
2.5 BGN / month
IPv6
no
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
no
Private IP
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
no
no
Manage VLANs
Virtual Private Cloud
yes
yes
yes
Virtual Private Cloud
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
no
Load balancing service
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Included with Basic and Advanced NSX firewalls
yes
no
no
Load balancing type
software
DNS
software
software
software
software
yes
no
Security
Encrypted storage
no
no
no
no
no
All data written to disks is encrypted by default.
yes
yes
no
no
VLAN per customer
If in "Virtual Private Cloud" or "Isolated"
yes
yes
If in Virtual Private Cloud
yes
yes
yes
yes
Via support request
yes
Dedicated & cloud servers in single VLAN
May require setup cost
yes
N/A
no
no
no
no
yes
Private networks available
yes
Via support request
yes
VPN
via support
yes
no
Only to created virtual networks.
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
Via support request
yes
Firewall
Virtual Private Cloud and Isolated networks only
yes
no
yes
$0.05 / hour
yes
no
yes
Via Cloud Director
yes
yes
no
ISO/IEC 27001
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
SSAE 16 (former SAS 70 Type II)
yes
no
SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3
yes
yes
no
SOC2 and SOC3
yes
no
yes
no
HIPAA Compilant
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
FISMA Compilant
yes
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
PCI DSS
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
no
Safe Harbor / EU Directive 95/46/EC
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Locations
North America
San Diego, CA, USA
yes
New York, USA
Santa Clara, USA
Texas, USA
yes
Central US, Iowa
East US, Virginia
North Central US, Illinois
South Central US, Texas
West US, California
Toronto, Canada
Quebec City, Canada
yes
Northern Virginia, USA (East) Northern California, USA (West) Oregon, USA (West)
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
no
no
no
South America
no
no
Brazil, Sao Paulo State
yes
São Paulo, Brazil
yes
no
São Paulo, Brasil
yes
no
no
no
Europe
no
Amsterdam, Netherlands
London, UK
yes
Ireland
Netherlands
yes
Ireland
yes
Poznań & Warsaw Poland
yes
St. Ghislain, Belgium, EU (West)
London, UK, EU (West)
Frankfurt, Germany, EU (West)
Eemshaven, Netherlands, EU (West)
yes
no
Switzerland, Austria, Germany
yes
Sofia, Bulgaria
yes
Asia
no
Hong Kong, China
Petach Tikva, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Rosh Haayin, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
yes
East Asia, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia, Singapore
Japan East, Saitama Prefecture
Japan West, Osaka Prefecture
yes
Singapore Tokyo, Japan
yes
no
Mumbai, India (Asia South)
Changhua County, Taiwan (Asia East)
Tokyo, Japan (Asia North East)
Jurong West, Singapore (Asia South East)
yes
Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia), Cibutung (Indonesia)
yes
no
no
Australia
no
no
Australia East, New South Wales
Australia Southeast, Victoria
yes
Sydney, Australia
yes
no
Sydney, Australia
yes
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane
yes
no
no
Africa
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
For 2+ VMs running in the same "Availability Set".
99.95%
99.995%
99.98%
99.95%
99.999%
99.95%
99.9%
SLA credit
5% for first 5 min. and every subsequent 30 min. Up to 100%.
<99.9% - 10%
<99% - 25%
10% of annual bill
200% of hourly service fee for each hour
10% - 50%
20-45% of monthly bill
99.95% - 98.3%: 50% monthly fee
< 98.3%: 100% monthly fee
SLA exceptions
scheduled maintenance
maitenance, customer generated failure, exploited server
out of Microsoft control
5 min.
planned maintenance
maitenance, periods < 5 min.
Scheduled Maintenance, Force Majure
planned maintenance
Multiple zones in region
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
2 - 5 per region
yes
yes
yes
yes
Geneva and Zurich
yes
no
Tier 3+ DC
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Automatic failover to other server
yes
no
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
Live migration allows moving running instances to another server without downtime - host maintenance doesn't affect cloud server availability.
yes
With warm copy in different zone
yes
yes
yes
Storage attachment
network
network
Instance storage: server EBS: network
no
network & local
network
local
server
RAID level
ZFS pool of mirrors with ZIL and L2ARC
RAID 6
10
no
Backup - snapshot
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
t
yes
yes
yes
no
Backup - storage
yes
no
yes
S3 or Glacier
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Services
Cloud Files service
Compatible with AWS S3.
yes
no
yes
S3 (Simple Storage Service)
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
CDN service
no
no
yes
Cloud Front
yes
no
In beta.
yes
no
no
no
DNS service
no
no
yes
Route 53
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
NoSQL service
no
no
yes
DynamoDB, Redshift, SimpleDB
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
SQL service
no
no
yes
RDS (Simple Storage Service) - MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle
yes
no
yes
no
MySQL
yes
no
Memcache service
no
no
yes
ElastiCache
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
Dedicated servers
yes
no
no
no
In beyond.pl
yes
no
no
yes
yes
Collocation
yes
no
no
no
In beyond.pl
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
Support
Response Time
In urgent cases, not guaranteed.
15 min.
SLA:
Developer: 8h
Standard: 2h
Professional: 1h
Premier: 15 min
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. Platinum Plan
1 hour Gold Plan
4 hours Silver Plan
none for Bronze Plan
SLA:
- 60 minutes for severity 1 incidents
- 8 hours standard requests
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
24x7
yes
yes
all paid plans
yes
yes
yes
Platinum Plan - high priority issues
Gold Plan - Outages only
yes
yes
yes
With minimum Standard 24/7 support package.
yes
Free
yes
yes
included level covers only billing issues
no
Basic level does not include any contact possibilities
no
yes
Bronze plan - billing issues only, otherwise community and knowledge center
yes
yes
yes
no
Phone
After ticket opened on-line
yes
yes
Standard (3 per month), Professional and Premier levels
yes
Business, Enterprise levels
yes
no
Gold and Platinum plans
yes
yes
no
yes
Chat
yes
yes
no
Business, Enterprise levels
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
Ticket system or email
yes
yes
yes
Developer, Business, Enterprise levels
yes
yes
Paid plans only
yes
yes
yes
yes
Forum
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Knowledge base
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
FAQ
yes
Managed services
yes
yes
no
Enterprise level
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
Billing
Cloud server biling period
hourly
hour
minute
second (1 minute minimum)
yes
second (1 minute minimum)
month
minute
month
No monthly precharge
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Billing per cloud server or account
account
cloud server
cloud server
cloud server
cloud server
see sustained usage discounts
account
yes
account
cloud server
License billing period
hour
hour
minute
Eventhough VMs are billed to a second, licenses are billed per hour.
hour
hour
second (1 minute minimum)
month
hour
month
Prepaid
no
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
also post-paid
yes
yes
Currency
USD
USD
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
USD, EUR, PLN
USD
AUD, SGD, IDR
USD, EUR, CHF
BGN
Credit card
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
PayPal
For dedicated servers only
partial
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
Wire transfer
Large payments only
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
Resource plans
With Contract
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
Longer subscription
With Contract
yes
no
no
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
Reservation
With Contract
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
Volume Discounts
With Contract or Reseller Agreement
yes
no
Enterprise Agreement
yes
In reserved instances and transfer
yes
Bonuses for larger prepaid charges - up to 100%
yes
no
yes
no
no
Trial & Specials
Free trial
no
30 day
yes
$200
yes
no
20 PLN (~ $5) for Cloudorado users
yes
$300 for one year
yes
30 days
yes
5 CHF, 4 EUR, 5 USD
yes
7 days
yes
Money back guarantee
no
no
no
no
no
no
7 Days
yes
yes
no
Free entry level service
no
no
MSDN subscribers get $50-$150 credits per month
yes
Free Tier for one year
yes
no
Always Free limited access to many common services.
yes
no
no
no
Third-Party Tools Support
Rightscale
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
Scalr
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
Provider Information
Name
M5 Hosting, Inc.
Kamatera Inc.
Microsoft
Amazon
Beyond.pl Sp z o. o.
Google Inc.
Zettagrid
Exoscale
Cloudware.bg
Address
10601 Tierrasanta Blvd. #G-135, San Diego, CA 92124
1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
ul. Palacza 113, 60-273 Poznań, Poland
Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA
Level 36 1 Farrer Place Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Route de Marcolet 39 CH - 1023 Crissier Switzerland
1784 Sofia, Mladost 1
20A Andrey Saharov Blvd.
Year founded
2001
1995
1975
Azure: 2010
1994
AWS: 2006
2005
1998
2010
2011
2013
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