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Azure Websites vs OpenShift: What are the differences?

Developers describe Azure Websites as "Deploy and scale modern websites and web apps in seconds". Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. On the other hand, OpenShift is detailed as "Red Hat's free Platform as a Service (PaaS) for hosting Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js, and Perl apps". OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.

Azure Websites and OpenShift can be primarily classified as "Platform as a Service" tools.

Some of the features offered by Azure Websites are:

  • .NET, Java, PHP, Node.js, Python
  • Built-in AutoScale and Load Balancing
  • High Availability with Auto-Patching

On the other hand, OpenShift provides the following key features:

  • Built-in support for Node.js, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and Java (the standard in today's Enterprise)
  • OpenShift is extensible with a customizable cartridge functionality that allows developers to add any other language they wish. We've seen everything from Clojure to Cobol running on OpenShift.
  • OpenShift supports frameworks ranging from Spring, to Rails, to Play

"Ease of deployment" is the primary reason why developers consider Azure Websites over the competitors, whereas "Good free plan" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenShift.

OpenShift is an open source tool with 915 GitHub stars and 563 GitHub forks. Here's a link to OpenShift's open source repository on GitHub.

Microsoft, Jet.com, and Crowdkeep are some of the popular companies that use Azure Websites, whereas OpenShift is used by Accenture, Vungle, and Hazeorid. Azure Websites has a broader approval, being mentioned in 73 company stacks & 36 developers stacks; compared to OpenShift, which is listed in 50 company stacks and 52 developer stacks.

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What is Azure Websites?

Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you.

What is OpenShift?

OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
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    What are some alternatives to Azure Websites and OpenShift?
    Heroku
    Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
    Google App Engine
    Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    Once you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.
    Apollo
    Build a universal GraphQL API on top of your existing REST APIs, so you can ship new application features fast without waiting on backend changes.
    Clever Cloud
    Clever Cloud is a polyglot cloud application platform. The service helps developers to build applications with many languages and services, with auto-scaling features and a true pay-as-you-go pricing model.
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    Decisions about Azure Websites and OpenShift
    Docker
    Docker
    OpenShift
    OpenShift
    Heroku
    Heroku

    Heroku vs OpenShift. I've never decided which one is better. Heroku is easier to configure. Openshift provide a better machine for free. Heroku has many addons for free. I've chosen Heroku because of easy initial set-up. I had deployment based on git push. I also tried direct deployment of jar file. Currently Heroku runs my Docker image. Heroku has very good documentation like for beginners. So if you want to start with something, let's follow Heroku. On the other hand OpenShift seems like a PRO tool supported by @RedHat.

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    Reviews of Azure Websites and OpenShift
    Review ofOpenShiftOpenShift

    I needed a PaaS provider that didn't drop all the time and it's hard to find a good option for PHP applications. Openshift takes care of it. They are a little behind on PHP versions, but that can be solved with a custom cartridge. It requires a little more elbow grease to get rolling when you want to implement something they don't already have, but their quickstarts are great to get rolling with the basics quickly.

    How developers use Azure Websites and OpenShift
    Avatar of Foundbite
    Foundbite uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

    We use Azure's Websites to host our app and site. Continuous deployment from GitHub is the handiest feature, check in and before you know it your updated site is already online.

    Avatar of kelumkps
    kelumkps uses OpenShiftOpenShift

    SG-TravelBuddy server application is hosted on Red Hat OpenShift Online (v3). SG-TravelBuddy mobile (Android) app is connecting to this server for data operations.

    Avatar of Dirk Eisenberg
    Dirk Eisenberg uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

    Azure WebSites is the fully managed scalable platform for hosting web content and running background jobs.

    Avatar of InApplet
    InApplet uses OpenShiftOpenShift

    Servidor das aplicações de Back-end

    Avatar of azawisza
    azawisza uses OpenShiftOpenShift

    Main cloud infrastructure provider

    Avatar of Miyuru Sankalpa
    Miyuru Sankalpa uses OpenShiftOpenShift

    To host the blog powered by ghost

    Avatar of AyeDeals
    AyeDeals uses OpenShiftOpenShift

    OpenShift is our PaaS.

    Avatar of Proactima Solutions AS
    Proactima Solutions AS uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

    Support websites

    Avatar of Hector Maldonado
    Hector Maldonado uses Azure WebsitesAzure Websites

    Hosting the app

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