Azure Storage vs Rackspace Cloud Files: What are the differences?
What is Azure Storage? Reliable, economical cloud storage for data big and small. Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.
What is Rackspace Cloud Files? Store it on Cloud Files, serve it fast on Akamai's CDN. Cloud Files, powered by OpenStack®, provides an easy to use online storage for files and media which can be delivered globally at blazing speeds over Akamai's content delivery network (CDN).
Azure Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files can be primarily classified as "Cloud Storage" tools.
Some of the features offered by Azure Storage are:
- Blobs, Tables, Queues, and Files
- Highly scalable
- Durable & highly available
On the other hand, Rackspace Cloud Files provides the following key features:
- Pay as you grow pricing starting at 10¢/GB/Mo.
- Akamai CDN delivery of your content starting at 12¢/GB
- Use as much or as little storage as you want
"All-in-one storage solution" is the primary reason why developers consider Azure Storage over the competitors, whereas "Akamai CDN" was stated as the key factor in picking Rackspace Cloud Files.
Microsoft, Starbucks, and Yammer are some of the popular companies that use Azure Storage, whereas Rackspace Cloud Files is used by Accenture, Utrip, and RecordSetter. Azure Storage has a broader approval, being mentioned in 84 company stacks & 44 developers stacks; compared to Rackspace Cloud Files, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.
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We use Rackspace Cloud Files to host static assets ( js/ css / some media ) and we're really liking it.
tbh we use it because of the ability to serve files from Akamai CDN. You get the worlds best CDN server for a fraction of the cost.
To conclude, it might not be as cheap as S3 , but if you care about files being served at the fastest way possible then Rackspace Cloud Files is the way to go.
We use Azure Blob Storage for hosting all images on the Seen on Set website. These images are then geo-cached using Azure CDN.
We use Azure Storage to store all foundbite images and sound. Azure Storage is super easy to use and really cheap.
Azure Storage is used as a scalable NoSQL storage to prevent bottlenecks when the amount of data is growing.