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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):

Elastic Computing

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Cloud Server Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Elastic Compute Service (ECS)
EC2 Bare Metal Instances ECS Bare Metal Instance (EBM)
Lightsail Simple Application Server
EC2 GPU Instances Elastic GPU Service (EGS)
EC2 Dedicated Instances Dedicated Host (DDH)
Amazon WorkSpaces Elastic Desktop Service (EDS)
Elastic Orchestration Auto Scaling Auto Scaling
CloudFormation Resource Orchestration Service (ROS)
Systems Manager Operation Orchestration Service (OOS)
HPC High Performance Computing Elastic High Performance Computing (E-HPC)
AWS Batch Batch Compute


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Data Transport AWS Snowball Edge Storage Optimized Data Transport
Essential Storage Service Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Elastic Block Storage (EBS)
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Object Storage Service (OSS)
Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) File Storage NAS
Amazon DynamoDB Tablestore
Hybrid Cloud Storage AWS Storage Gateway Hybrid Cloud Storage
AWS Storage Gateway Cloud Storage Gateway
N/A Hybrid Cloud Distributed Storage
Storage Data Service AWS Cloud Watch, Cloud Watch Logs, Kinesis, Kinesis Firehose, Kinesis Analytics, Elastic Search Log Service
AWS Backup Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR)

Networking & CDN

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
CDN AWS CloudFront CDN
Cloud Network AWS Elastic IP Elastic IP Address (EIP)
Amazon VPC Virtual Private Cloud
Elastic Load Balancing Server Load Balancer (SLB)
Private Link Private Link
NAT Gateway NAT Gateway
Cross Region Network Transit Gateway Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN)
AWS Global Accelerator Global Accelerator
Hybrid Cloud Network Direct Connect Express Connect
Site-to-Site VPN VPN Gateway
N/A Smart Access Gateway


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Data Warehouse Amazon Redshift AnalyticDB for MySQL
Amazon Redshift AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL
Amazon Athena/Amazon Lake Formation Data Lake Analytics
NoSQL Database Amazon ElastiCache for Redis ApsaraDB for Redis
Amazon DynamoDB/Amazon DocumentDB ApsaraDB for MongoDB
Amazon Timestream Time Series Database (TSDB)
Amazon Neptune Graph Database
Apache HBase on Amazon EMR/Amazon DynamoDB ApsaraDB for HBase
Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra) ApsaraDB for Cassandra
Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) LedgerDB
Relational Database AWS Aurora PolarDB (MySQL/PostgreSQL)
Amazon RDS for MySQL ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL ApsaraDB RDS for PostgreSQL
Amazon RDS for MariaDB ApsaraDB RDS for MariaDB TX
N/A Distributed Relational Database Service (DRDS)
Oracle PolarDB (Oracle)
Amazon RDS for SQL Server ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server
Utility & Tools AWS Database Migration Service/Glue/Data Pipeline Data Transmission Service (DTS)
AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN)/SCT Advanced Database & Application Migration (ADAM)
N/A Data Management
N/A Database Autonomy Service
AWS Backup Database Backup
N/A Database Gateway


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Business Security AWS Rekognition Content Moderation
N/A GameShield
Fraud Detector Fraud Detection
Cloud Security AWS Shield - Advanced Anti-DDoS
AWS Shield - Standard Anti-DDoS Basic
AWS WAF Web Application Firewall (WAF)
AWS Certificate Manager Alibaba Cloud SSL Certificates Service
AWS Security Hub, AWS Guard Duty, AWS Inspector Security Center
AWS Config Cloud Config
AWS Network Firewall Cloud Firewall
AWS Systems Manager Bastionhost
AWS CloudTrail ActionTrail
Data Security Amazon Macie Sensitive Data Discovery and Protection (SDDP)
AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Key Management Service (KMS)
AWS CloudHSM Data Encryption Service
Identity Management AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Resource Access Management (RAM)
Amazon Cogniton IDaaS
Security Service N/A Managed Security Service
N/A Penetration Test

Container & Middleware

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Applications Amazon CloudWatch Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS)
AWS X-Ray Tracing Analysis
Containers AWS Fargate Elastic Container Instance (ECI)
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK)
Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) Container Registry (ACR)
AWS App Mesh Alibaba Cloud Service Mesh (ASM)
AWS Fargate Serverless Container Service
Message Queue N/A AlibabaMQ for Apache RocketMQ
Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) Message Queue for Apache Kafka
Amazon MQ Message Queue for RabbitMQ
Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Message Service
AWS IOT Core AliwareMQ for IoT
Micro Services AWS Elastic Beanstalk Enterprise Distributed Application Service (EDAS)
AWS AppConfig Application Configuration Management (ACM)
Serverless AWS Lambda Function Compute (FC)
AWS Step Functions Serverless Workflow


Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Data Computing Amazon MSK Log Service
Amazon Kinesis Realtime Compute for Apache Flink
Amazon Elasticsearch Service Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch
Amazon EMR E-MapReduce
Amazon Redshift Hologres
Amazon Redshift MaxCompute
Data Development AWS Data Pipeline Dataphin
AWS Data Pipeline Dataworks
Data Search and Analytics AWS Glue Data Integration
Data Visualization Amazon Personalize AIRec
Amazon QuickSight Quick BI
N/A DataV

Artificial Intelligence

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Artificial Intelligence Amazon Transcribe/Amazon Polly Intellgent Speech Interaction
Amazon SageMaker Machine Learning Platform for AI
Amazon Translate Machine Translation
N/A Image Search

Enterprise Application & Cloud Communication

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Application Services N/A ZOLOZ Real ID
N/A CloudESL
Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) Direct Mail
Amazon API Gateway API Gateway
N/A CloudQuotation
Blockchain Amazon Managed Blockchain , Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) Blockchain as a Service
Cloud Communication Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) Short Message Service
Corporate Office Collaboration Amazon Chime, Amazon Connect Dedicated DingTalk
Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) Alibaba Mail
N/A Robotic Process Automation
Domains & Website Route 53 Domains
Amazon Route 53 Alibaba Cloud DNS
Intelligent Services Amazon Comprehend Beebot

Media Services

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
Live Video AWS Elemental MediaLive Apsaravideo Live
Media Processing AWS Elastic Transcoder ApsaraVideo for Media Processing
Video on Demand AWS Elemental Media Services ApsaraVideo for VOD

Internet of Things

Description AWS Alibaba Cloud
IoT AWS IoT, AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Device Defender, AWS IoT Device Management IoT Platform
AWS IoT Greengrass, AWS FreeRTOS , AWS Tools & SDKs Link IoT Edge

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.

5054042324253910 February 27, 2022 at 12:23 am

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

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