Azure Websites, Cloud Services, and Virtual Machines comparison

With Azure, there are multiple ways to host websites – Azure Website, Cloud services and Virtual Machines.

For most web apps, Azure Websites have been the best choice. Deployment and management are integrated into the platform, sites can scale quickly to handle high traffic loads, and the built in load balancing and traffic manager provide high availability. You can easily move existing sites to Azure websites easily with an online migrating tool or create a new site using the framework and tools of your choice.

If you need more control over the web server environment, such as the ability to remote into your server or configure server startup tasks, Azure Cloud Services is typically the best option.

If you have an existing application that would require substantial modifications to run in Azure Websites or Azure Cloud Services, you could choose Azure Virtual Machines in order to simplify migrating to the cloud. However, correctly configuring, securing, and maintaining VMs requires much more time and IT expertise compared to Azure Websites and Cloud Services.

If you are considering Azure Virtual Machines, make sure you take into account the ongoing maintenance effort required to patch, update, and manage your VM environment.

The following diagram illustrates the relative degree of control versus ease of use for each of these web hosting options on Azure.websites_cloudservices_vms_3

Meet Sysfore at WPC 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Meet Sysfore at WPC 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Ajith George, Co-founder & CTO at Sysfore Technologies will be present at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference(WPC)-the annual, global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners in Washington, D.C. from July 13-17.

Sysfore has been a Microsoft and .NET platform based solutions provider since 2004, with demonstrated experience in delivering enterprise solutions. As a member of the elite Azure Circle Partner Program since its inception, Sysfore focuses on embracing cloud technologies and has built strong capabilities on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. We specialize in cloud workloads across IaaS migrations, SaaS enablement and PaaS development on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform.


Having on boarded 55+ customers onto the Azure Cloud, performed 100+ consulting engagements, 34+ Migration Assists, 28+ Storage and Disaster Recovery Consulting Assignments, all in a small period of one year, Sysfore has established immense credibility in the Azure Cloud Consulting space.

It is here at WPC that we would like to meet other Microsoft Partners, and look for opportunities that may be mutually beneficial.

Let’s meet

Will you be joining WPC 2014? Please get in touch and make an appointment in advance.