Microsoft has gripped its ever-expanding global network of data centers to create a cloud platform Azure for building, deploying, and managing services and applications, anywhere. Azure enables you to feed your existing network with cloud capabilities through its platform as either a PaaS, a service model, or entrust Microsoft with all of your computing and network needs with IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service. Both provide secured access to your cloud-hosted data built on Microsoft’s proven architecture. Azure has come up with an ever-expanding set of products and services curated to meet all your demands through one easily manageable platform.
AWS, Amazon Web Services, is an ever-evolving, comprehensive cloud computing platform from the house of Amazon, which aims to help enhancing business growth, by incorporating power computation, database storage, content delivery and other functionality. It brings in a mix of IaaS infrastructure as a service, and PaaS, platform as a service, along with packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings. The services that AWS provides can be listed as below –
- Runs web and application servers in the cloud environment to host dynamic websites.
- Securely store all your files on the cloud for easy access.
- Uses managed databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or SQL Server as information storage.
- Deliver static and dynamic files swiftly across the globe using a Content Delivery Network (CDN).
- Send bulk email to your customers.
Apparently AWS and Azure offer more or less the same basic capabilities in certain aspects namely, flexible compute, storage, networking and pricing etc and also consist of same cloud elements such as security, compliance, identity access management features, autoscaling, self-service, pay-as-u-go pricing, and instant provisioning from the overview. So choosing between these two just having a look at their overview can be a real task without knowing the exact points of difference! So, a quick comparison between two, revealing all that you need to know about the duo to lock your choice, might be helpful for you.
Comparison Table: AZURE Vs. AWS
|Age||12 years||7 years|
|Software Marketplace||AWS possesses a strong software marketplace with-Windows and Linux- extensive partner ecosystem||Azure is still building its partner ecosystem, with limited Linux options.|
|Storage||EBS storage is seamless and speedy for big data.
|Standard storage has unresolved issues for big data and hence, requires premium storage.|
|Maturity||Cloud environment for big data is more matured||Big data is less matured but the services are improving.|
|Machine Access||Individual Machines can be accessed||A group of machines are accessed during cloud service and response gets to the same domain name, but different ports.|
|Security||Defined roles with exceptional permission controls provide security||By enabling permissions on the whole account, security is provided|
|Pricing||Pay by the hour||Pay by the minute|
So, from the above comparison, you already have got it all figured, didn’t you? Well, it truly gets as clear as it could be, that Amazon Web Services (AWS) succeeds AZURE by quite a few steps with better storage, software marketplace, maturity, security and possession of a lionshare of the current market – making it the easiest to converge your choices to one!