5 alternatives to Microsoft Azure (That aren’t AWS or Google)

Marty Van Heusen
Nov 16, 2016 · 4 min read

The familiarity of the Microsoft name, along with many useful features, makes Microsoft Azure an attractive cloud computing option for a number of businesses. First released in 2010 as Windows Azure, this is the cloud computing option trusted by 85% of Fortune 500 companies.

And, there is a lot to like with Azure. It can be inexpensive, with the basic variants of each of its services costing just a few dollars a month. It is a global system, with services located all over the world. It is an open and flexible system, supporting a wide range of programming languages, operating systems and frameworks.

However, being popular and large is not the same as being the best.

Issues with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure has been subject to a number of significant outages over its life. Between the careless expiration of an SSL certificate in 2013 and oversights like incorrectly calculating leap day dates, many do not feel that Azure cannot be depended on to provide the consistent uptime they require.

There are also people who do not feel that their data can be kept private. Microsoft has stated that they will comply with the USA Patriot Act and give the U.S. government access to data in Azure, even in cases where the hosted company is headquartered outside the U.S. and the data is stored in another country.

Depending on your setup, Azure can get expensive. While the system is highly scalable, that scalability comes at a cost.

While Azure provides a wide range of services, there are arguments to be presented that they do not support them well. A number of users report repeated crashes and documentation that is incomplete.

If you encounter bugs, you are on your own. Handing your computing power to the cloud does not mean that you can forego the IT personnel to ensure that Azure is running well for you.

If you have found that you have more reservations about Azure than you would like, there is good news. Even if you do not want to go with the popular alternatives of Amazon Web Services and Google, you still have a number of good options.

The Best Microsoft Azure Alternatives

There is no one cloud computing option that is the best. What will work well for you will depend on your company’s specific operations and your computing needs. A few of the top alternatives:

Kahu

This option from LightCrest offers high performance at low costs. This system is flexible and scalable, making it a good choice for small businesses and large enterprises alike. Users can rent private space to stay compliant with HIPAA and other regulations. You can mix privately rented with publicly shared space so that you always have the resources available. to do the things you need to do.

Cloudsigma

Cloudsigma is an ideal choice for people who are concerned about privacy and security. Each secure cloud sever is designed to be independent by location and are subject only to the laws of the country where they are located. Cloudsigma is compliant with the highest ISO 27001 requirements, keeping your data safe. The company offers a number of free resources to nearly all customers; those who spend a minimum of $10 a month get 1GB RAM, 5TB outbound data and 50GB SSD for free.

CloudVPS

As the top cloud provider in the Netherlands, CloudVPS offers flexibility for those who need anything from a single machine to a dedicated cluster. They offer Windows, Linux and OpenStack cloud servers to meet the needs of a variety of organizations. They are also available to resellers.

DigitalOcean

This cloud service was designed specifically for developers. They offer workspace where team members can work together no matter where they are in the world; it is easy to set up permissions so that everyone gets exactly the access that they need. This cloud service is the only service that runs on 100% solid state drives. Both monthly and hourly pricing plans are available, allowing you to make decisions based on exactly what you need at the time you need it.

Bluelock

Bluelock’s cloud computing services are designed specifically for enterprise level customers. All servers are located in the U.S. Bluelock uses its size to leverage cost-effective solutions for its customers. As a company with a focus on recovery, they offer the same infrastructure to their clients. Clients can choose between a mix of public and private clouds, with complete portability and compatibility between the two.

With more cloud providers in the game than ever, there is an option that fits every company seeking a cloud solution. Make a list of what you need from your cloud computing provider and compare your needs with each company’s offerings. By researching well, you can find the services you need for a price that fits your budget and expands your business’s abilities.

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