[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
Kamatera M5 Cloud Hosting ElasticHosts Cloudware Google Cloud Platform ZettaGrid Exoscale e24cloud AWS (Amazon Web Services) Storm on Demand Microsoft Azure
Cloud Features & Management
Hourly Pay-As-You-Go
yes
yes
with burst pricing
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
per minute
yes
Cloud Management Software
proprietary
CloudStack
proprietary
OnApp
proprietary
VMware Cloud Director
CloudStack
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
proprietary
One Account For All Locations
yes
yes
Coming soon
no
one location only
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Web Interface
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Mobile App
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Dedicated app for iOS and Android
yes
yes
no
no
Languages
English
English, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), Russian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Arabic; support in English
English
English, Bulgarian
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
English
English
English, Polish, German
English
English
English
Terminal access
no
yes
VNC
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
API
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
AWS-compatible API
no
Object storage compatible with AWS S3.
partial
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
OpenStack-compatible API
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Command line
no
yes
yes
no
yes
no
yes
With AWS command line tools
yes
yes
no
yes
Auto-scaling
no
yes
Vertical with Elastic Containers
yes
no
horizontal
yes
yes
no
Vertical
yes
horizontal
yes
no
horizontal
yes
Vertical scaling without reboot
no
no
with Elastic Containers
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
Image from cloud server
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
in development
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Upload cloud server image
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
in development
no
no
VM Import/Export Tools
yes
no
yes
Download cloud server image
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
in development
no
no
VM Import/Export Tools
yes
no
yes
Mount CD/DVD ISO
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
Cloud Servers
Hypervisor
Xen
KVM
KVM
KVM
VMware
KVM
KVM
Xen
Xen
Hyper-V
RAM
1 GB - 256 GB
2 GB - 120 GB
0.25 GB - 64 GB
512 MB - 16 GB
0.6 GB - 3.75 TB
256 MB - 1500 GB
512 MB - 225 GB
512 MB - 32 GB
630 MB - 3904 GB
1 GB - 256 GB
448 GB available only in G family instances, which are available only in few regions.
768 MB - 448 GB
CPU cores
1 - 64
1 - 24
1 - 16
1 - 16
1 - 160
1 - 48
1 - 48
1 - 16
1 - 128
1 - 64
32 cores available only in G family instances, which are available only in West US region.
1 - 16
(32 in West US)
Storage
20 GB - 20 TB
5 GB - 16 TB
1 GB - 14.5 TB
10 GB - 500 GB
1 GB - 64 TB
500GB - 400TB
10 GB - 8000 GB
40 GB - 5 TB
Instance: 160 GB - 48 TB
EBS: 1 GB - 20 TB
35 GB - 15 TB
Maximum storage size depends on server type, in most cases 2 TB per CPU core.
1 GB - 32 TB
Persistent instance storage
yes
yes
yes
yes
Unless using SSD local storage.
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Custom RAM & CPU ratio
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
Independent storage size
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
UI provides typical disk sizes by default, but it can be customized in advanced settings or via API.
yes
yes
Can be extended or replaced by EBS.
no
Storage can be extended.
no
Each instance type has preallocated storage, which can be then extended. Maximum storage reaches 2 TB per CPU core.
partial
Burstable CPU
yes
yes
yes
CPU can burst up to 4x if capacity is available.
yes
only f1-micro
no
no
no
no
With exception of t1 and t2 instance types
partial
no
no
GPU instances
no
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
no
yes
no
yes
SSD Storage Available
yes
Hybrid
yes
yes
yes
yes
IO based storage tiering
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
D instance family only.
yes
Resource usage monitoring (CPU, RAM, disc, network, ...)
yes
yes
yes
Including application metrics for typical open source software.
yes
Via VMware vSphere
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Turned off Cost
storage and IP
storage and IP
storage only
full
storage only
full
storage
storage only
EBS storage if used, Elastic IP if used
full
full
Images & Licenses
Preinstalled cloud server images
44
14
28
20
Including "Click to Deploy software packages"
28
112
10
24
12000+
10
102
Windows license
7
8.1
10
Server 2008 R2 Web,Standard,Enterprise,Datacenter
2012 R2 Standard,Datacenter
2016 Standard,Datacenter
yes
Windows 2008 R2 Standard, Windows 2012 Standard
yes
2008 R2 Web, Standard, Enterprise
2012 Standard
Remote Desktop Services SALs
yes
2012 STD R2
yes
2008 R2
yes
2016, 2019, 2022
yes
2008 R2
2012
2012 R2
yes
2008 R2 Standard, 2012
yes
yes
2008 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
SQL Server license
no
SQL Server Standard, Web, Enterprise
yes
2008 Web, Standard, Enterprise
2012 Standard
yes
on request
no
Standard, Enterprise, Web
yes
yes
no
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
RedHat Linux license
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
yes
Other licenses
no
cPanel
yes
no
no
SUSE
yes
Citrix, Veeam, Zerto, Trend,
yes
no
no
Oracle, ...
no
MS Sharepoint, MS BizTalk Server, MS Team Foundation Server, MS Dynamics, Oracle, SUSE
yes
Transfer MS License
no
no
no
yes
Microsoft License mobility supported.
yes
no
When Windows is installed from ISO CD.
yes
no
no
Transfer
Transfer or bandwidth
transfer
transfer
transfer
bandwidth
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
transfer
Free transfer in
yes
yes
no
10 Mbps
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Free transfer included
Only for monthly billing
5 TB per cloud server
no
1 TB (Dallas and Miami)
10 Mbps
no
no
1 TB per cloud server
50 GB per account
no
no
5 GB
Pay-as-you-go
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Transfer packages
no
no
Lower price if you commit in advance.
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
No Transfer Limit
yes
yes
yes
100 Mbps
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Transfer per server or account
account
account
account
cloud server
account
server
per account
account
account
account
account
Free private transfer
yes
yes
yes
no
Within an availability zone.
yes
yes
yes
yes
Only within a zone.
yes
yes
yes
Free transfer to dedicated/collocation
N/A
yes
no
no
yes
no
Hosted in beyond.pl
yes
no
no
no
Networking
Free IP
no
no
1 dynamic per cloud server
yes
yes
1 IP per server while it is running
yes
yes
yes
1 per cloud server
yes
1 per cloud server, either dynamic or fixed but paid if cloud server is off.
yes
yes
5 per account
Mappable IP
no
yes
First server attached, additional can be mapped
yes
no
yes
yes
additional EIP addresses can be mapped to one or more servers
yes
no
Elastic IP
yes
no
yes
Multiple IP per cloud server
yes
yes
yes
yes
Only private and public
no
Service request with justification
yes
yes
yes
yes
Max 8 per server
yes
no
IP cost
$1 per month
$0.005 per hour
$3 per month
2.5 BGN / month
$0.01 per hour
5.50
0.0128 EUR / hour
€0.005 per hour
One free per cloud server if running.
$0.005 / hour
$5
$0.004 per hour
IPv6
no
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
Private IP
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Manage VLANs
yes
Virtual Private Cloud
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
Virtual Private Cloud
yes
yes
yes
Load balancing service
no
yes
no
no
yes
Included with Basic and Advanced NSX firewalls
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Load balancing type
software
no
software
software
yes
no
software
software
DNS
Security
Encrypted storage
no
no
yes
no
All data written to disks is encrypted by default.
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
no
VLAN per customer
yes
If in "Virtual Private Cloud" or "Isolated"
yes
Can be purchased
no
Via support request
yes
yes
yes
yes
If in Virtual Private Cloud
yes
no
Dedicated & cloud servers in single VLAN
N/A
May require setup cost
yes
no
Via support request
yes
no
yes
Private networks available
yes
no
no
no
no
VPN
no
via support
yes
yes
Via support request
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Only to created virtual networks.
yes
Firewall
no
Virtual Private Cloud and Isolated networks only
yes
yes
no
yes
Via Cloud Director
yes
yes
no
$0.05 / hour
yes
yes
yes
ISO/IEC 27001
no
yes
London Maidenhead, UK and Hong Kong
partial
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
SSAE 16 (former SAS 70 Type II)
no
yes
Only USA locations
partial
no
SOC2 and SOC3
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3
yes
HIPAA Compilant
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
FISMA Compilant
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
yes
PCI DSS
no
yes
no
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
Safe Harbor / EU Directive 95/46/EC
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Locations
North America
New York, USA
Santa Clara, USA
Texas, USA
yes
San Diego, CA, USA
yes
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
no
no
no
Northern Virginia, USA (East) Northern California, USA (West) Oregon, USA (West)
yes
Lansing, MI, USA Phoenix, AZ, 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
South America
no
no
no
no
São Paulo, Brasil
yes
no
no
no
São Paulo, Brazil
yes
no
Brazil, Sao Paulo State
yes
Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands
London, UK
yes
no
London Maidenhead, UK
London Portsmouth, UK
Amsterdam, Netherlands
yes
Sofia, Bulgaria
yes
St. Ghislain, Belgium, EU (West)
London, UK, EU (West)
Frankfurt, Germany, EU (West)
Eemshaven, Netherlands, EU (West)
yes
no
Switzerland, Austria, Germany
yes
Poznań & Warsaw Poland
yes
Ireland
yes
no
Ireland
Netherlands
yes
Asia
Hong Kong, China
Petach Tikva, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Rosh Haayin, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel
yes
no
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, Jakarta (Indonesia), Cibutung (Indonesia)
yes
no
no
Singapore Tokyo, Japan
yes
no
East Asia, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia, Singapore
Japan East, Saitama Prefecture
Japan West, Osaka Prefecture
yes
Australia
no
no
Sydney
yes
no
Sydney, Australia
yes
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane
yes
no
no
Sydney, Australia
yes
no
Australia East, New South Wales
Australia Southeast, Victoria
yes
Africa
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
no
Reliability & Failover
SLA level
99.9%
3% TCP/IP loss rate
30 ms latency
99.95%
100%
99.9%
99.95%
99.999%
99.95%
99.98%
99.995%
Network & power
100%
For 2+ VMs running in the same "Availability Set".
99.95%
SLA credit
5% for first 5 min. and every subsequent 30 min. Up to 100%.
10,000% up to one month bill
10% - 50%
20-45% of monthly bill
99.95% - 98.3%: 50% monthly fee
< 98.3%: 100% monthly fee
200% of hourly service fee for each hour
10% of annual bill
1,000% of unavailable time
<99.9% - 10%
<99% - 25%
SLA exceptions
maitenance, customer generated failure, exploited server
scheduled maintenance
<15 min., maintenance
maitenance, periods < 5 min.
Scheduled Maintenance, Force Majure
planned maintenance
planned maintenance
5 min.
scheduled maintenance, attracts
out of Microsoft control
Multiple zones in region
no
yes
Only US west and UK
partial
no
yes
yes
Geneva and Zurich
yes
yes
2 - 5 per region
yes
Only US Central (Lansing, MI)
yes
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
Tier 3+ DC
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
yes
Only US Central (Lansing, MI)
partial
Automatic failover to other server
no
yes
yes
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
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
no
Live migration allows moving running instances to another server without downtime - host maintenance doesn't affect cloud server availability.
yes
Storage attachment
network
server
server
network & local
network
local
no
Instance storage: server EBS: network
server
network
RAID level
ZFS pool of mirrors with ZIL and L2ARC
RAID 1
no
10
RAID 6
Bare Metal: none, RAID 1, 10
Backup - snapshot
yes
yes
with Elastic Containers
partial
no
t
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Backup - storage
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
S3 or Glacier
yes
no
yes
Services
Cloud Files service
no
Compatible with AWS S3.
yes
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
S3 (Simple Storage Service)
yes
no
yes
CDN service
no
no
no
no
In beta.
yes
no
no
no
Cloud Front
yes
no
yes
DNS service
no
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
yes
Route 53
yes
yes
yes
NoSQL service
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
DynamoDB, Redshift, SimpleDB
yes
no
yes
SQL service
no
no
no
no
yes
no
MySQL
yes
no
RDS (Simple Storage Service) - MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle
yes
no
yes
Memcache service
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
no
ElastiCache
yes
no
yes
Dedicated servers
no
yes
no
yes
no
no
yes
In beyond.pl
yes
no
As LiquidWeb
yes
no
Collocation
no
yes
no
yes
no
yes
yes
In beyond.pl
yes
no
As LiquidWeb
yes
no
Support
Response Time
In urgent cases, not guaranteed.
15 min.
Extended 24/7: 30 min.
Standard 24/7: 1 hour
Extended 9/5: 1 hour
Standard 9/5: 2 hours
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
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.
SLA:
Developer: 8h
Standard: 2h
Professional: 1h
Premier: 15 min
24x7
yes
yes
yes
With minimum Standard 24/7 support package.
yes
Platinum Plan - high priority issues
Gold Plan - Outages only
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
all paid plans
yes
Free
yes
yes
yes
no
Bronze plan - billing issues only, otherwise community and knowledge center
yes
yes
yes
yes
Basic level does not include any contact possibilities
no
infrastructure level
yes
included level covers only billing issues
no
Phone
yes
After ticket opened on-line
yes
yes
yes
Gold and Platinum plans
yes
yes
no
no
Business, Enterprise levels
yes
yes
Standard (3 per month), Professional and Premier levels
yes
Chat
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
no
Business, Enterprise levels
yes
yes
no
Ticket system or email
yes
yes
yes
yes
Paid plans only
yes
yes
yes
yes
Developer, Business, Enterprise levels
yes
yes
yes
Forum
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
yes
Knowledge base
no
yes
FAQ and tutorials
yes
FAQ
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Managed services
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
yes
Enterprise level
yes
yes
no
Billing
Cloud server biling period
hour
hourly
15 min
month
second (1 minute minimum)
month
minute
yes
second (1 minute minimum)
hour
minute
No monthly precharge
yes
yes
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
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
Billing per cloud server or account
cloud server
account
account
cloud server
see sustained usage discounts
account
yes
account
cloud server
cloud server
cloud server
cloud server
License billing period
hour
hour
month
month
second (1 minute minimum)
month
hour
hour
Eventhough VMs are billed to a second, licenses are billed per hour.
hour
hour
minute
Prepaid
no
no
yes
yes
no
yes
also post-paid
yes
yes
no
no
no
Currency
USD
USD
Depending on the location
USD, GBP, EUR
BGN
USD
AUD, SGD, IDR
USD, EUR, CHF
USD, EUR, PLN
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
Credit card
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
PayPal
no
For dedicated servers only
partial
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Wire transfer
no
Large payments only
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
no
no
Resource plans
no
With Contract
yes
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
no
Longer subscription
no
With Contract
yes
month and year
yes
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
Reservation
no
With Contract
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
Volume Discounts
no
With Contract or Reseller Agreement
yes
yes
no
no
yes
no
Bonuses for larger prepaid charges - up to 100%
yes
In reserved instances and transfer
yes
no
Enterprise Agreement
yes
Trial & Specials
Free trial
30 day
yes
no
5 days
yes
7 days
yes
$300 for one year
yes
30 days
yes
5 CHF, 4 EUR, 5 USD
yes
20 PLN (~ $5) for Cloudorado users
yes
no
no
$200
yes
Money back guarantee
no
no
no
no
no
7 Days
yes
yes
no
no
no
no
Free entry level service
no
no
no
no
Always Free limited access to many common services.
yes
no
no
no
Free Tier for one year
yes
no
MSDN subscribers get $50-$150 credits per month
yes
Third-Party Tools Support
Rightscale
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
Scalr
no
yes
no
no
yes
no
no
no
yes
no
yes
Provider Information
Name
Kamatera Inc.
M5 Hosting, Inc.
ElasticHosts Ltd
Cloudware.bg
Google Inc.
Zettagrid
Exoscale
Beyond.pl Sp z o. o.
Amazon
Liquid Web
Microsoft
Address
10601 Tierrasanta Blvd. #G-135, San Diego, CA 92124
Studio 2.01 Power Road Studios 114 Power Road Chiswick London W4 5PY United Kingdom
1784 Sofia, Mladost 1
20A Andrey Saharov Blvd.
Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA
Level 36 1 Farrer Place Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Route de Marcolet 39 CH - 1023 Crissier Switzerland
ul. Palacza 113, 60-273 Poznań, Poland
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
4210 S. Creyts Rd, Lansing, MI 48917-9526, US
1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
Year founded
1995
2001
2008
2013
1998
2010
2011
2005
1994
AWS: 2006
1997
1975
Azure: 2010
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