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.

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What is Microsoft Azure?

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.

What is Rackspace Cloud Servers?

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.

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    What are some alternatives to Microsoft Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers?
    Amazon Web Services
    It provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments. It offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services.
    Google Cloud Platform
    It helps you build what's next with secure infrastructure, developer tools, APIs, data analytics and machine learning. It is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube.
    DigitalOcean
    We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.
    OneDrive
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    Hadoop
    The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage.
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    Reviews of Microsoft Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers
    Avatar of IanEdington
    Business Analyst
    Review ofMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    Windows Azure is more difficult to configure than some other cloud based technologies, however, it makes up for it with the incredible integrations and ease of development on mobile platforms (Android, iOS and of course Windows Phone).

    The Azure Web Sites is a PaaS that is very easy to setup and is pretty powerful.

    If you want VMs you can have them and even program when they come online.

    There are tons of ways to use this service and there are a lot of free things you can get in order to try it out. The only downside is that you have to learn a new, although very powerful, platform.

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    Business Analyst
    Review ofRackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Rackspace plays nice with Windows Server 2013. It is the most customizable platform I have worked with so far and the closest to running a private server. The dev tools are great and if you want to work in a familiar environment with as much customizability as you want this is the right server for you.

    How developers use Microsoft Azure and Rackspace Cloud Servers
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    MOKA Analytics uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    We use Microsoft Azure because many of our clients are already Azure for their private cloud. Additionally, Azure supports App Service Environments (ASE), which isolates the application resources and gives us a static IP for securely accessing external resources

    Additionally, MSSQL supports columnstore tables which is critical for running fast analytics over large datasets

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    Refractal uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    For our cloud infrastructure, I cannot recommend Rackspace higher. They have consistently knocked it out of the park for us, especially in terms of direct support and help even beyond the call of duty.

    Avatar of Daniel Kovacs
    Daniel Kovacs uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    My favourite cloud with all the great tools - web apps, mobile apps, storages, easy tables, blobs, app insights, cosmos DB... I think it is really usable and ergonomic. Plus point for mobile app.

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    PSESD uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    We currently host PRS and EARS on Azure as they are .Net apps, but we are currently porting these services to Scala and will be hosting them on Heroku with the other P2 SRX services.

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    Onezino Gabriel uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    Serviço utilizado para deploy de toda a infraestrutura do projeto. Colocamos todas as peças do serviço no azure, garantindo uma forma rápida e garantia de escalibilidade.

    Avatar of Sean Long
    Sean Long uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    Blackbaud makes use of Azure and my current job is with Blackbaud. Therefore, due to the free credit and the ability to reuse tools, I rely on Azure quite a bit.

    Avatar of Yaakov Belch
    Yaakov Belch uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    I used Rackspace virtual machines for all my dynamic web applications until switching to Digital ocean. I still like and recommend Rackspace.

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    Blue Shell Games uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Our hosting partner for four years running. Rackspace continually evolves to meet their customers' needs.

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    Publitory uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Content is distributed via Rackspace CDN for faster file access

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    Aspire uses Rackspace Cloud ServersRackspace Cloud Servers

    Cloud host for our platform and public-facing sites.

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