What are some alternatives?
When comparing AWS and Microsoft Azure, you can also consider the following products
DigitalOcean - Simplifying cloud hosting. Deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds.
Heroku - Agile deployment platform for Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, and Scala. Setup takes only minutes and deploys are instant through git. Leave tedious server maintenance to Heroku and focus on your code.
Linode - We make it simple to develop, deploy, and scale cloud infrastructure at the best price-to-performance ratio in the market.
OpenShift - OpenShift gives you all the tools you need to develop, host and scale your apps in the public or private cloud. Get started today.
Vultr - VULTR Global Cloud Hosting - Brilliantly Fast SSD VPS Cloud Servers. 100% KVM Virtualization
Google App Engine - A powerful platform to build web and mobile apps that scale automatically.