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Last Updated: Oct 11, 2018

Alibaba Cloud for AWS Professionals


1. Domains

Aliyun Cloud ( domain name service brand provides a wide range of domain name registration and domain name trading services for entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, and well-known brand enterprises.The user management experience is ensured by a convenient management platform, and the security of the user domain name assets is protected by a secure product strategy.

  • Domain name registration: you can register various types of domain names at Alibaba Cloud Domain service.
  • Domain name protection: your domain name registration information is fully protected from malicious harassment, based on the inbuilt security services such as privacy protection and security lock.
  • Domain name resolution: you can use the Domain service together with Alibaba Cloud DNS. Alibaba Cloud DNS offers a free, effective, and secure DNS server to guarantee the immediate resolution of your domain name.

Enterprise Construction Station One-stop solution, service scope covers domain Name service, host service, Enterprise mailbox, website construction template, enterprise Building station personalization, cloud resolution DNS and other application services, as well as high-end enterprise e-commerce solutions and consulting services.To help enterprise customers to truly realize e-commerce applications, improve the competitiveness of enterprises.

  • Market No.1: For the 20th consecutive year, the domestic domain name market NO.1 has been registered. More than 20 million domain names are registered in Wanwang. 4 million domain names are inquired in Wanwang every day. We use numbers to prove “domain names, starting from Wanwang(”.

  • Easy to use security: Intelligent query, fast registration, you can easily manage through a powerful domain name self-service platform. Unique privacy protection, security locks, self-inspection services, and intimate reminders of expiration renewal, full protection of your domain name.

  • Fast and stable: one-click cloud resolution, zero cost, very fast real-time effect, 99.99% availability to ensure that the service runs reliably.

  • High performance-to-price ratio: Refined but inexpensive service is better service, we are committed to let you spend the least money, enjoy the best products and the most professional services.

Amazon Route 53 offers domain name registration services, where you can search for and register available domain names.AWS currently provides Domain Name Registration Services through Gandi SAS , Amazon Registrar, Inc., and other ICANN-accredited registrars (the “Registrar”), and your use of the Domain Name Registration Services is subject to their terms.

2. Introduction to DNS services

Alibaba Cloud Domain Name Service (DNS) is an authoritative, highly available, and scalable domain name resolution and management service. It aims to provide enterprises and developers with a stable, secure, and intelligent service that converts website domain names and app resources into IP addresses for computer interconnection. It routes access by end users to the designated websites or app resources, at the same time as providing a DNS scheduling management service. See Alibaba Cloud DNS for more information.

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud DNS web service. It is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating domain names into IP addresses that computers use to connect to each other. See Amazon Route 53 for more information.

2.1 Comparison of Main Functions

The following table shows the main functions comparison between Alibaba Cloud DNS and Amazon Route 53

Main Function Alibaba Cloud DNS Amazon Route 53
API Supported Supported
Security protection Supported Supported
Monitoring services Supported Supported
Smart resolution Supported Supported
DNS load balancing Supported Supported
Import file template Supported Unknown
Secondary DNS Supported Supported
Authorized resources-DNS Supported Supported
Custom TTL Supported Supported
URL forwarding Supported Supported
Chinese domain name resolution Supported Not Supported
Wildcard domain name resolution Supported Supported
Subdomain name resolution Supported Supported
Performance Single unit performance of up to 40 million QPS, can store over 20 million domain names, can process more than 1 billion QPS. Unknown
Billing mode Free version + paid version  Hosted zone + query + run check

2.2 Comparison in API

Alibaba Cloud DNS supports APIs. You can use an API to control domain name resolution. Please ensure that you read the Alibaba Cloud DNS instructions and user agreement before using this interface. You must sign in to your Alibaba Cloud account in order to use the API.

AWS DNS services also support APIs. Amazon Route 53 provides a set of simple APIs to help you create and manage DNS records. You can use these for hosted zones, resource records, run checks, and cost allocation records and registration.

2.3 Comparison in Security

Alibaba Cloud DNS with domain name resolution DDoS protection can protect over 10 million domain names against high-volume DNS and DDoS attacks of up to 500,000 QPS.

Amazon Route 53 and AWS Shield (AWS service that provides DDoS protection) are highly integrated to protect web applications and prevent large-scale attacks. Amazon Route 53 can prevent DDoS attacks. It uses anycast striping, shuffle sharding, and a global network with 56 locations.

2.4 Comparison in Authorization

By default, when you enable DNS services with your cloud account, the cloud account has full permission to manage its own resources. With Alibaba Cloud’s Resource Access Management (RAM) service, you can grant permission to access and manage the DNS resources under your cloud account to RAM sub-users.

AWS DNS services can also manage access permission. You can use Amazon Route 53, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to grant users in your AWS account unique certificates and manage their permissions, i.e., specify who has the right to use which Amazon Route 53 services.

2.5 Comparison in Performance

Alibaba Cloud DNS is an authoritative cloud-based DNS service. With support from customers, the service has reduced costs, allowing more businesses to enjoy low-cost, high-quality high-tech products that require no installation, no deployment, and no O&M.

Through software and hardware optimization, a single Alibaba Cloud DNS unit provides up to 40 million QPS and the capacity to store over 20 million domain names. The service can handle request volumes of over 1 billion QPS and provide more than 40 OpenAPIs to enterprises and developers.

However, Amazon Route 53 has not yet released detailed performance indicators. But it can automatically scale to handle large volumes of requests without your interference.

2.6 Comparison in Monitoring Services

Alibaba Cloud DNS features a nationwide monitoring network with over 300,000 monitoring stations. The monitoring stations monitor the security of web services and calculate network latency and DNS resolution times. It also issues alerts in the event of a fault.

Amazon Route 53 provides a run check function that monitors app performance, web servers, and other resources. An Amazon CloudWatch alert can be configured for each run check to inform you the run status and enable you to configure DNS failover.

2.7 Comparison in Price

Alibaba Cloud DNS supports two versions: free and premium. You can buy the premium version on monthly or annually basis. The pay-as-you-go version will be launched soon. You can also use Alibaba Cloud DNS API, which is free. But the API cannot be used more than five times. For more information on pricing, see Reference Price Information.

Amazon Route 53 offers pay-as-you-go pricing. There is no minimum charge. Charges is applied for using the hosting zone, submitting queries, and conducting run checks. For more information on pricing, see Amazon Route 53 Pricing Information.

3 Introduction to Virtual Private Servers

Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server (SAS) is a new generation service for stand-alone application scenarios. It provides one-click application deployment and supports all-in-one services such as domain name resolution, website publishing, security, O&M, and application management. This optimizes the user experience of setting up a simple application and makes it easier for entry-level users to use cloud computing products.

Amazon Lightsail is an AWS-based virtual private server. It provides the easiest way to get started with AWS for developers who just need virtual private servers. Lightsail has everything that you need to kickstart a project.

3.1 Comparison of Main Functions

The following table shows the main functions comparison between Alibaba Cloud SAS and Amazon Lightsail.

Main Functions Alibaba Cloud SAS Amazon Lightsail
Ease of Use One-click activation, high level of integration, one-stop application management, and O&M. Easy-host apps, click-to-activate, API scaling, and external app integration.
Application Images WordPress,LAMP,Drupal,Joomla !,Node.js,GitLab,Ghost,Chyrp,Opencart, Magento,Jenkins… WordPress,Magento,Drupal,Joomla!,Redmine,Plesk,Node.js,GitLab,LAMP,MEAN,Nginx…
Service monitoring Supported Supported
Backup recovery Supported Supported
Domain name and DNS management Supported Supported
Web SSH login Supported Supported
Configuration upgrade Supported Supported
HTTPS encrypted access Supported Supported
System reset Supported Not Supported
Static IP address Supported Supported
Key management Supported Supported
Scalability Integrates with numerous Alibaba Cloud functions Functions can be expanded using other AWS products

3.2 Comparison in Ease of Use

Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server is easy to use. The server and applications can be launched with one click. It also provides one-stop application management and O&M services with a range of integrated apps.

Amazon Lightsail allows you to host apps with ease. You can launch a pre-configured development stack with just a few clicks, and users can use the simple Amazon Lightsail API to expand apps or integrate with external apps.

3.3 Comparison in Mirroring

Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server mirroring includes application mirroring and system mirroring.

Application mirroring includes: (1) Applications and their initialization data. (2) Running environment required by the applications. (3) The underlying OS. Simple Application Server provides a large variety of applications via mirroring, such as WordPress, LAMP, Drupal, Joomla!, Node.js, GitLab, Ghost, Chyrp, Opencart, Magento, and Jenkins.

System mirroring only includes the initial OS. It does not contain any application or environment data. System mirroring is a pure initial environment. You can install required applications. It is suitable for users who know the system and application environment configurations well. OS mirroring currently supported by Simple Application Server includes CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, Windows 2008, and Windows 2012.

Amazon Lightsail server mirroring also includes application mirroring and system mirroring.

Application mirroring: Amazon Lightsail servers use mirroring to provide a wide range of apps including WordPress, Magento, LAMP, Nginx, and Node.js.

Operating system mirroring: Amazon Lightsail currently supports five Linux/Unix versions (Amazon Linux, Debian, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu) and two Windows server versions (2012 R2 and 2016).

3.4 Backup Recovery & Instance Upgrades

Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server supports creating snapshots for the server and rolling back previously created snapshots. As demand for services is growing, it supports using previously created snapshots to perform an update if purchased resources are insufficient.

Amazon Lightsail can use a console or API to create snapshots for instances. In the event of a fault or incorrect code deployment, you can create a new instance. Users can create snapshots for instances and use an API to start a larger instance.

3.5 Comparison in Scalability

Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server is able to integrate with multiple Alibaba Cloud products to help you set up and manage applications.

  • Domain name resolution. Specifying a domain name and directing it to the IP address of the current server.
  • HTTPS encrypted access (CA certificate). Configuring HTTPS encrypted access for Web services by specifying the purchased CA certificate.
  • VPC Intranet. Multiple Simple Application Server instances in the same account are in the same VPC Intranet by default.

The features of Amazon Lightsail can be expanded by connecting to AWS products via the Lightsail server.

  • These include Amazon EC2, VPC and AWS Identity and Access Management, hosted databases, and CDN.
  • The user interface provides a web-based SSH console which is integrated into the key store.
  • Lightsail provides signed certificates and works with a load balancer to protect the connection between the browser and the website.

3.6 Comparison in Cost

You can buy Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server on a monthly or annual basis. If the traffic exceeds the upper limit of the package in the present month, the exceeding traffic will be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. For details, see Simple Application Server Pricing.

Similar to Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server, Amazon Lightsail can also be purchased on a monthly or annual basis. Additional fees apply for excess data transfers. For more information on pricing, see Amazon Lightsail Pricing Information.