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Alibaba Cloud Product Comparison for AWS Professionals

In this post, we will compare Alibaba Cloud with AWS in terms of product offerings, feature characteristics, and solution architecture.


To help our customers better understand Alibaba Cloud products and services, we have just released a product and service comparison article - Alibaba Cloud Product Comparison. If you are planning on building a multi-cloud cloud architecture or considering to migrate to Alibaba Cloud, this article is perfect for you. The compare platform series intend to help IT professionals, such as engineers and architects, who are already familiar with products and services from other cloud providers to evaluate the differences with Alibaba Cloud offerings and navigate through Alibaba Cloud services.

In this first Alibaba Cloud for AWS Professionals of the compare platform series, we will compare Alibaba Cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in terms of product offerings, feature characteristics, and solution architecture. In the current revision, Compute, Storage, Content Delivery Network (CDN), and Security category products from both providers are available. With this comparison, we hope to reveal some of the similarities and differences between the two cloud platforms regarding concepts, terminologies, and implementation.

Alibaba Cloud and AWS Service Map

The following tables provide a one-to-one mapping of the services provided by AWS and Alibaba Cloud (international portal):


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Virtual Servers Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Elastic Compute Service (ECS)
GPU Servers EC2 Elastic GPUs Elastic GPU Service (EGS)
Auto Scale Auto Scaling Auto Scaling
Container Management Elastic Container Service (ECS) Container Service

Storage & CDN

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Object Storage Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3) Object Storage Service (OSS)
NoSQL Database DynamoDB ,SimpleDB Table Store
Content Delivery CloudFront Alibaba Cloud CDN
Shared File Storage Elastic File System (EFS) Network Attached Storage (NAS)


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Networking Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
Dedicated Network Direct Connect Express Connect
NAT Gateway NAT Gateway NAT Gateway
Load Balancing Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) Server Load Balancer (SLB)
Elastic IP Elastic IP Addresses Elastic IP
Cross-premises Connectivity VPN Gateway VPN Gateway


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Relational Database Relational Database Service (RDS) ApsaraDB for RDS
Cloud Native OLTP Database Aurora ApsaraDB for PolarDB
Caching ElastiCache ApsaraDB for Redis
Elastic Data Warehouse RedShift AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL AnalyticDB for MySQL
Serverless Query Service Athena Data Lake Analytics
NoSQL - Document Storage DocumentDB ApsaraDB for MongoDB
NoSQL - HBase N/A ApsaraDB for HBase
NoSQL - Time Series Database Timestream TSDB
Database Migration Database Migration Services (DMS) Data Transmission Service (DTS)
Database Backup Backup Database Backup (DBS)
Database Management N/A Data Management Service (DMS)


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
DDoS Mitigation AWS Shield - Standard Anti-DDoS Basic
DDoS Mitigation AWS Shield - Advanced Anti-DDoS Pro
Mobile Security N/A Mobile Security
Web Application Security Web Application Firewall (WAF) Web Application Firewall
Instance Security N/A Server Guard
Certificate Service Certificate Manager SSL Certificates Service

Monitoring & Management

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Monitoring CloudWatch CloudMonitor
Authentication and Authorization Identity & Access Manager (IAM) Resource Access Management
Encryption Key Management Service Key Management Service
Resource Orchestration CloudFormation Resource Orchestration Service

Domains & Websites

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Web Applications Elastic Beanstalk Web Hosting
Domain Name Route 53 Domains
Domain Name System (DNS) Route 53 Alibaba Cloud DNS


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Big Data Processing Amazon EMR MaxCompute ,E-MapReduce
Data Visualization N/A DataV
Development Platform N/A DataWorks

Application Service

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Notification Service Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Message Service
API Service API Gateway API Gateway
Log Service Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose Log Service
Email Sending and Receiving Amazon Simple Email Service DirectMail

Media Services

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Live Video Streaming AWS Elemental MediaLive ApsaraVideo Live
Media Transcoding Service AWS Elastic Transcoder ApsaraVideo for Media Processing

Why Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud is a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, one of the world's largest e-commerce conglomerates. Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud was originally developed to serve the internal demands of Alibaba’s ecosystem, such as Taobao, Tmall, and Alipay, particularly during the Alibaba Singles' Day event every November 11.

Alibaba Cloud is the leader of China's cloud market, providing over 100 cloud computing products and servers to customers within Mainland China. With data centers spanning across 17 regions globally, Alibaba Cloud is not just as a specialist niche in the Asia market. According to the Gartner’s report Market Share Analysis: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2016, Alibaba Cloud is the third largest cloud service provider globally.

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Raja_KT March 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

Quite handy for referral. More or less similar . It can serve for consulting..

5131287365344672 May 13, 2020 at 11:01 am

CloudMonitor link under section "Monitoring

5903587631132442 June 18, 2020 at 10:43 am

Is there a more up to date version of this available that anyone has?

HankGu November 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

kubernetes should be included as well.

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