Azure Vs AWS: The Cloud Battle: Part 1

If you have been following cloud updates and news for a while you’d be aware of the cloud war between Azure and AWS. Experts have been going back and forth on the features, capacity, strengths and weaknesses of each platform. Despite all the debate, there is no clear consensus.

Concerns over data sovereignty and privacy have been addressed by Azure as well as AWS. This has fueled the market (Iaas) to value at a total of 45 billion dollars by 2018 according to the most recent gartner report.

Azure and AWS offer similar basic capabilities around flexible storage and networking. They all share the basic characteristics of a public cloud: self service, identity management, autoscaling e.t.c

Albeit, from an end user’s perspective, there are numerous differentiating factors that separate the approaches of the 2 firms

Microsoft Azure serves over 140 countries with more than 100 data centers worldwide.

When you compare Azure and AWS, you will find that Azure has more comprehensive compliance coverage with more than 70 compliance offerings and was the first major cloud provider to contractually commit to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In addition, Azure IP Advantage provides best-in-industry intellectual property protection so you can focus on innovation, instead of worrying about baseless lawsuits.


Paas Capabilities

To build and deploy new cloud services, Microsoft Azure provides application developers with the environment tools and building blocks. It also provides the vital ‘dev-ops’ connections which are important for monitoring, managing, and continually fine-tuning those apps. Azure Paas solutions allow for a cent percent focus on innovation, with the infrastructure management taken care behind the scenes

On the other hand, AWS is probably not the first cloud service that comes to mind when you think of Platform-as-a-Service. AWS has blurred the line between Iaas and Paas. They have started to offer services that some might say feel — and act — more like a platform as a service.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone.


.Net Compatibility

Azure’s compatibility with  .Net programming language is one of the most useful benefits of Azure, which gives Microsoft a clear upper hand over AWS and the rest of the competitors.It is much easier and straightforward for enterprises to move their Windows apps to Azure Cloud as opposed to AWS or others. Thus for the several organizations that use .Net based enterprise apps, Azure is the obvious choice.

AWS supports Windows, SQL Server and other technologies that are used by .NET developers. Amazon AWS has a great SDK for .NET.


Hybrid solutions for Seamless Cloud Connectivity

While Amazon is still testing the hybrid waters, Azure already has its hybrid capabilities in place. It seamlessly connects datacenters to the Cloud. Azure provides a consistent platform which facilities easy mobility between on-premises and the public Cloud.


Integrated Environment

Azure provides the user with an integrated environment for developing. Testing and deploying cloud apps. Client has the power to choose the framework and further flexibility is added by open development languages for azure migration.Moreover, to kickstart Azure application development, readymade services (web, mobile, media, APIs and templates) can be leveraged.

AWS also allows development and test on workloads, it also allows you to to remove hardware-based resource constraints to quickly create developer environments and expand your testing machine fleet.

Azure’s flexible toolset is ideal for solving integration needs ranging from connecting mobile apps with on-premises LOB systems, to coordinating B2B payments with partners.


Read Azure Vs AWS: The Cloud Battle: Part 2 to know more about

  • Learning curve of Azure and AWS cloud
  • Enterprise agreement advantages
  • Why Azure?
  • Sysfore offerings


Also Read: The Best Cloud Platform: Azure and AWS Pricing

For enterprises choosing the right cloud vendor is a major decision. For any cloud strategy today, hybrid solutions and Paas capabilities are quintessential. Countless business have experienced accelerated business growth by migrating to Azure.


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