What are some alternatives?
When comparing Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure, you can also consider the following products
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.
DigitalOcean - Simplifying cloud hosting. Deploy an SSD cloud server in 55 seconds.
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.
Dokku - Docker powered mini-Heroku in around 100 lines of Bash
AWS - Amazon Web Services offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services. Free to join, pay only for what you use.
AWS Lambda - Lambda is a cloud service that Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides, which allows developers to run serverless code.