Microsoft Azure vs Rackspace Cloud Servers

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Microsoft Azure vs Rackspace Cloud Servers: What are the differences?

Microsoft Azure: Integrated cloud services and infrastructure to support computing, database, analytics, mobile, and web scenarios. Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment; Rackspace Cloud Servers: Powerful Linux and Windows servers in minutes. Cloud Servers is based on OpenStack, the open and scalable operating system for building public and private clouds. With the open cloud, you get reliable cloud hosting, without locking your data into one proprietary platform.

Microsoft Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers belong to "Cloud Hosting" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Microsoft Azure are:

  • Use your OS, language, database, tool
  • Global datacenter footprint
  • Enterprise Grade with up to a 99.95% monthly SLA

On the other hand, Rackspace Cloud Servers provides the following key features:

  • 100% power and network uptime guarantee
  • Cloud choice- We run the world’s largest open cloud, giving you flexibility, choice, and no vendor lock-in. That means your workloads are portable. Host them with any open cloud vendor—or even in your own data center.
  • Technical expertise- We employ more Red Hat® Certified Engineers than any other hosting company. And over 100 Rackspace employees have earned the title of Microsoft® Certified Professional.

"Scales well and quite easy" is the top reason why over 108 developers like Microsoft Azure, while over 41 developers mention "Quick and reliable cloud servers" as the leading cause for choosing Rackspace Cloud Servers.

Microsoft, Starbucks, and Accenture are some of the popular companies that use Microsoft Azure, whereas Rackspace Cloud Servers is used by Bukalapak, Zendesk, and Mailgun. Microsoft Azure has a broader approval, being mentioned in 497 company stacks & 470 developers stacks; compared to Rackspace Cloud Servers, which is listed in 109 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

Decisions about Microsoft Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers

Most bioinformatics shops nowadays are hosting on AWS or Azure, since they have HIPAA tiers and offer enterprise SLA contracts. Meanwhile Heroku hasn't historically supported HIPAA. Rackspace and Google Cloud would be other hosting providers we would consider, but we just don't get requests for them. So, we mostly focus on AWS and Azure support.

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