Cloud Services Comparisons: Azure vs AWS

Cloud computing services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have made the developer’s life easy these days. It eradicates the hassle of maintaining complicated hardware for application hosting and management. These cloud computing platforms are used to build, deploy and manage applications through their global data centres on a subscription basis.

Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are two of the popular names in the cloud services industry. While Microsoft Azure was initially released in 2010, Amazon Web Services has been in the industry since 2006. As both these platforms are created by technology pioneers, the entire cloud adoption industry is largely owned by them. The belo- given graph obtained from the Right 2017 Cloud Survey indicates the rate of cloud adoption and the popularity of AWS and Azure.

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Azure v/s AWS

According to the Right Scale survey, the overall Azure adoption grew from 20 to 34 percent of respondents, while AWS stayed flat at 57 percent of respondents. Does this mean that Azure might leave behind pioneers like AWS in the coming years? But we all know that AWS has been leading the cloud space with the right combination of tools in a single platform for a long time.

So, what are some of the major distinguishers between both these cloud computing services?

Security

In the long-run, AWS has increased privacy and controls at lower rates. It assures to keep your data safe and meets compliance requirements. The security status of Azure is divided into five layers. It assures control and management of user access and identity, secures networks, manages threats and encrypts operation and communication processes.

Storage

Both Azure and AWS offer reliable and fast Block storage options. Azure consists of three types of storage services: Blob, File, Queue and Cool storages. The AWS cloud storage products are Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS), Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Glacier, AWS Storage Gateway and Data Transfer Services.

Database

Azure supports NoSQL database, relational databases and Big Data. AWS also completely supports NoSQL and relational databases as well as Big Data.

Features

AWS offers content delivery, storage, computing, networking and database. It has a wide range of tools for users such as AWS Config, AWS Cloudtrail, and Cloudwatch. Azure tools offer data management, storage, computational and networking features. Active Directory Federation Services and Azure Active Directory are some of its popular tools.

Conclusion

So, Azure or AWS?

If your business need is for a hybrid cloud, Azure is the better option. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more established and sound cloud vendor, you know the answer is AWS. It is highly scalable and secure compared to Azure or other cloud computing platforms.

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