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Alibaba Cloud vs. AWS: Service and Pricing Comparison



Alibaba Cloud may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of competitors to Amazon Web services (AWS). However, alongside cloud services like Azure and Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud is now trying hard to unseat AWS as the world’s leading cloud computing platform.

If you live outside of Asia and haven’t heard of Alibaba Cloud until recently, you’re not alone. Although Alibaba Cloud was founded in 2009, only a few years after AWS, it focused initially on the China market, then expanded slowly into neighbouring countries.

It was not until a major $1 billion investment in 2015 that Alibaba Cloud began operating globally. It opened its first data center in the United States the same year and arrived in Europe in 2016.

Today, it is clear that Alibaba Cloud intends to compete globally with AWS and other major cloud providers. That leaves many consumers wondering whether Alibaba Cloud computing can offer better value than AWS. This article explores that question by comparing the Alibaba Cloud computing, storage, API and other services with those of AWS. Continue reading

Amazon EC2 Instance Pricing Explained


Amazon EC2 Pricing Explained

Getting the most out of Amazon EC2 instances requires not only choosing the right EC2 instance type or performing Amazon EC2 backup, but, first of all, identifying the best EC2 pricing strategy.

Optimizing costs can be difficult because AWS offers several different types of pricing models. In order to make sure that you are paying the least amount possible while still obtaining the level of resource availability that your applications require, you need to understand Amazon EC2’s pricing options and identify which type of pricing is best for each workload that you host.

This article explains how pricing works on EC2 and offers suggestions for optimizing EC2 costs. Continue reading