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Azure vs Linode

Is Azure or Linode right for you?

Most analysts consider Azure to be a “strong number two” to AWS in the realm of cloud providers, according to Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research. Often, companies that select Azure do so thanks to Microsoft’s far-reaching clout—and for good reason. The combination of Azure, Office 365, and Teams (Microsoft’s communication platform) enables automatic integration, simplifying workflows.

While Azure's infrastructure is impressive, outages are still common: Microsoft has yet to shake a significant wave of outages over the past few years, including a major global outage in May 2019. Gartner, for one, recommends adding a cloud disaster recovery tool outside of Azure for protection.

FEATURES Azure Linode
Cloud GPUs
Free Cloud Firewall
Free DDoS Protection
Bare Metal Cloud Servers
Managed Kubernetes
Local SSD
High Memory VM's
App Marketplace
100% Free Human Support
1000+ Documentation Library
Simple API, CLI, and user friendly Cloud Interface
Flat predictible pricing
Free Bundled transfer
Same Price Across Every Data Center
COMPANY PROFILE Azure Linode
Year Founded 1975 2003
Public Cloud Offering Launched 2010 2003
Years Providing Public Cloud 11 18
Years Profitable Unknown 18
Developer Owned & Operated
100% Independent
Data Center Regions 60 11
Non-Cloud Businesses Yes None
Sells Word Processing Software Yes No
# of Cloud Products ~200 ~20
Target Customers Enterprises Developers
Startups
SMB's
  • Why Choose Microsoft Azure?
  • Why Choose Linode?
  • Why Azure?
  • Why Linode?
  1. Want to save money, Linode customers can save 100-300% over Azure with our predictable flat pricing and generous bundled transfer.  
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-handoff support (including phone support) regardless of spend.
  3. Appreciate simplicity, Linode dramatically simplifies running applications in the cloud - launch a server in seconds and enjoy our straightforward API, CLI, and Cloud Manager interface.  
  4. You are a developer, startup, or SMB. AWS is designed for Enterprises, while Linode was designed for developers, startups, and small to medium-sized businesses.  
  5. No lock-in. Linode has always been a leading advocate for open source and open cloud, which means saying no to vendor lock-in and proprietary frameworks and services. 
  6. Prefer an independent cloud provider you can trust, who puts customers first, without the investors or competing businesses that can get in the way.
  7. No ulterior motives. Microsoft, like most enterprise providers, wants customers to consume as many of their products/services as possible. Unfortunately, this concept may make sense from a procurement and discount perspective but can lead to a lack of flexibility and often slow the pace of innovation.  At Linode, Cloud Computing is all we do and we pride ourselves on our focus to make cloud computing simple, accessible, and affordable for all.  
  1. Want to save money, Linode customers can save 100-300% over Azure with our predictable flat pricing and generous bundled transfer.  
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-handoff support (including phone support) regardless of spend.
  3. Appreciate simplicity, Linode dramatically simplifies running applications in the cloud - launch a server in seconds and enjoy our straightforward API, CLI, and Cloud Manager interface.  
  4. You are a developer, startup, or SMB. AWS is designed for Enterprises, while Linode was designed for developers, startups, and small to medium-sized businesses.  
  5. No lock-in. Linode has always been a leading advocate for open source and open cloud, which means saying no to vendor lock-in and proprietary frameworks and services. 
  6. Prefer an independent cloud provider you can trust, who puts customers first, without the investors or competing businesses that can get in the way.
  7. No ulterior motives. Microsoft, like most enterprise providers, wants customers to consume as many of their products/services as possible. Unfortunately, this concept may make sense from a procurement and discount perspective but can lead to a lack of flexibility and often slow the pace of innovation.  At Linode, Cloud Computing is all we do and we pride ourselves on our focus to make cloud computing simple, accessible, and affordable for all.  
  1. Microsoft is already part of your company’s fabric. Already use Office 365 or other Microsoft products? Adding Azure to the mix can feel like a natural extension of existing tools. "Enterprises that are strategically committed to Microsoft technology generally choose Azure as their primary IaaS+PaaS provider," Gartner stated in its 2019 IaaS global Magic Quadrant.
  2. Machine learning is a core business technology. Microsoft's Azure enables users to access a marketplace for off-the-shelf APIs. And, for those that prefer to build their own, Azure Machine Learning gives developers the option to write, test, and deploy their own algorithms.
  3. Open is important. Though not particularly open to open source in the past, Microsoft is changing its ways. Today, about half of its workloads run on Linux.
  1. Microsoft is already part of your company’s fabric. Already use Office 365 or other Microsoft products? Adding Azure to the mix can feel like a natural extension of existing tools. "Enterprises that are strategically committed to Microsoft technology generally choose Azure as their primary IaaS+PaaS provider," Gartner stated in its 2019 IaaS global Magic Quadrant.
  2. Machine learning is a core business technology. Microsoft's Azure enables users to access a marketplace for off-the-shelf APIs. And, for those that prefer to build their own, Azure Machine Learning gives developers the option to write, test, and deploy their own algorithms.
  3. Open is important. Though not particularly open to open source in the past, Microsoft is changing its ways. Today, about half of its workloads run on Linux.

Azure vs Linode Price Comparison

Dedicated virtual machines For CPU-intensive applications

Linode $30 / mo
Azure $71.47 / mo

Linode CPU Dedicated, 2vCPU, 4GB RAM, 80GB SSD vs. Azure F2s v2 Compute Optimized, 4GB RAM, 80GB SSD

GPU compute for AI, machine learning and more

Linode $1000 / mo
Azure $2,233.80 / mo

Linode GPU 8 Cores Dedicated, 32 GB RAM, 640GB vs. Azure GPU 6 Cores, 32GB RAM, 640GB SSD

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