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Firebase vs Microsoft Azure: What are the differences?

Firebase is known for its simplicity, real-time database, and seamless integration with mobile and web applications, while Microsoft Azure provides a robust and scalable cloud ecosystem with extensive support for various programming languages and services, making it suitable for enterprise-level solutions.

  1. Integration with Other Services: One key difference between Firebase and Microsoft Azure is their level of integration with other services. Firebase is tightly integrated with other Google services such as Google Cloud Platform, Google Analytics, and Google AdMob, making it easier to incorporate these services into your app. Microsoft Azure, on the other hand, offers integration with various Microsoft products and services, including Azure Active Directory, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.

  2. Pricing Model: Another important difference is the pricing model of Firebase and Microsoft Azure. Firebase provides a pay-as-you-go pricing model, where you pay for the resources your app consumes. It offers a free tier with limited usage and additional paid plans based on your app's requirements. Microsoft Azure, on the other hand, offers a more complex pricing structure with different pricing options for various services. It provides both pay-as-you-go and subscription-based models, allowing you to choose the most suitable option based on your app's needs.

  3. Support for Different Platforms: Firebase is primarily focused on mobile and web applications. It provides a comprehensive set of tools and services specifically designed for developing apps for iOS, Android, and the web. Microsoft Azure, on the other hand, offers a wider range of services that cater to various platforms including mobile, web, desktop, and even IoT. It provides extensive support for different programming languages and frameworks, making it suitable for a diverse range of application development scenarios.

  4. Database Options: Firebase primarily offers a NoSQL database called Cloud Firestore, which is designed for scalable, real-time applications. It provides real-time synchronization and offline support out of the box. Microsoft Azure, on the other hand, provides various database options including Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL.

  5. Serverless Computing: Firebase offers a serverless computing platform called Firebase Cloud Functions. With Cloud Functions, developers can write small pieces of code that execute in response to events, such as changes to data in the Firestore database. Microsoft Azure provides a similar serverless computing platform called Azure Functions, which allows developers to execute code in a serverless environment.

In summary, Firebase is tightly integrated with Google services, offers a simpler pricing model, and focuses on mobile and web applications. Microsoft Azure provides a wider range of services, supports various platforms, offers different database options, and provides a comprehensive serverless computing platform.

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We are starting to work on a web-based platform aiming to connect artists (clients) and professional freelancers (service providers). In-app, timeline-based, real-time communication between users (& storing it), file transfers, and push notifications are essential core features. We are considering using Node.js, ExpressJS, React, MongoDB stack with Socket.IO & Apollo, or maybe using Real-Time Database and functionalities of Firebase.

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Timothy Malstead
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I would recommend looking hard into Firebase for this project, especially if you do not have dedicated full-stack or backend members on your team.

The real time database, as you mentioned, is a great option, but I would also look into Firestore. Similar to RTDB, it adds more functions and some cool methods as well. Also, another great thing about Firebase is you have easy access to storage and dead simple auth as well.

Node.js Express MongoDB Socket.IO and Apollo are great technologies as well, and may be the better option if you do not wish to cede as much control to third parties in your application.

Overall, I say if you wish to focus more time developing your React application instead of other parts of your stack, Firebase is a great way to do that.

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Hello Noam 👋,

I suggest taking a look at Ably, it has all the realtime features you need and the platform is designed to guarantee critical functionality at scale.

Here is an in depth comparison between Ably and Firebase

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Hey Noam,

I would recommend you to take a look into 8base. It has features you've requested, also relation database and GraphQL API which will help you to develop rapidly.

Thanks, Ilya

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Pros of Firebase
Pros of Microsoft Azure
  • 371
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 270
    Fast and responsive
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 215
    Real-time
  • 191
    JSON
  • 134
    Free
  • 128
    Backed by google
  • 83
    Angular adaptor
  • 68
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 32
    Great documentation
  • 25
    Real-time synchronization
  • 21
    Mobile friendly
  • 18
    Rapid prototyping
  • 14
    Great security
  • 12
    Automatic scaling
  • 11
    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Chat
  • 8
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
  • 8
    Super fast development
  • 6
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 6
    Firebase hosting
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 2
    Free hosting
  • 2
    Cloud functions
  • 2
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 2
    Low battery consumption
  • 2
    .net
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    Push notification
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
  • 2
    Great all-round functionality
  • 2
    Free authentication solution
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Google's support
  • 1
    Free SSL
  • 1
    CDN & cache out of the box
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    Simple and easy
  • 114
    Scales well and quite easy
  • 96
    Can use .Net or open source tools
  • 81
    Startup friendly
  • 73
    Startup plans via BizSpark
  • 62
    High performance
  • 38
    Wide choice of services
  • 32
    Low cost
  • 32
    Lots of integrations
  • 31
    Reliability
  • 19
    Twillio & Github are directly accessible
  • 13
    RESTful API
  • 10
    PaaS
  • 10
    Enterprise Grade
  • 10
    Startup support
  • 8
    DocumentDB
  • 7
    In person support
  • 6
    Free for students
  • 6
    Service Bus
  • 6
    Virtual Machines
  • 5
    Redis Cache
  • 5
    It rocks
  • 4
    Storage, Backup, and Recovery
  • 4
    Infrastructure Services
  • 4
    SQL Databases
  • 4
    CDN
  • 3
    Integration
  • 3
    Scheduler
  • 3
    Preview Portal
  • 3
    HDInsight
  • 3
    Built on Node.js
  • 3
    Big Data
  • 3
    BizSpark 60k Azure Benefit
  • 3
    IaaS
  • 2
    Backup
  • 2
    Open cloud
  • 2
    Web
  • 2
    SaaS
  • 2
    Big Compute
  • 2
    Mobile
  • 2
    Media
  • 2
    Dev-Test
  • 2
    Storage
  • 2
    StorSimple
  • 2
    Machine Learning
  • 2
    Stream Analytics
  • 2
    Data Factory
  • 2
    Event Hubs
  • 2
    Virtual Network
  • 2
    ExpressRoute
  • 2
    Traffic Manager
  • 2
    Media Services
  • 2
    BizTalk Services
  • 2
    Site Recovery
  • 2
    Active Directory
  • 2
    Multi-Factor Authentication
  • 2
    Visual Studio Online
  • 2
    Application Insights
  • 2
    Automation
  • 2
    Operational Insights
  • 2
    Key Vault
  • 2
    Infrastructure near your customers
  • 2
    Easy Deployment
  • 1
    Enterprise customer preferences
  • 1
    Documentation
  • 1
    Security
  • 1
    Best cloud platfrom
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    Easy and fast to start with
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    Remote Debugging

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of Microsoft Azure
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    Can become expensive
  • 16
    No open source, you depend on external company
  • 15
    Scalability is not infinite
  • 9
    Not Flexible Enough
  • 7
    Cant filter queries
  • 3
    Very unstable server
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    No Relational Data
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    Too many errors
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    No offline sync
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    Confusing UI
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    Expensive plesk on Azure

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What is Firebase?

Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

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