Azure vs AWS : Which one to choose?

Choosing one cloud vendor over other depends on the need of each individual and amount of workloads they have.Usually the organizations use multiple providers for different operations or for different use cases which is referred as multi-cloud approach.

However there are numerous key features that differentiate these two cloud platforms from each other, which can help organizations/end users to select cloud platform as per their requirement.

AWS :

Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of amazon.com, which gives an on-demand Cloud Computing platform to individuals, companies, and governments on a paid-subscription ground.

AWS was launched in 2006 and had initially introduced services like Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), etc. By 2009, more services like Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon CloudFront, Content delivery network (CDN), were also added in the AWS Cloud Computing Service offerings.

Amazon Web Services is the oldest and the most used platform in the cloud market. As one of the oldest cloud providers, it has maximum users and has achieved bigger trust of users and organizations.

Microsoft Azure:

Initially Microsoft Azure was called as azure. It was launched in 2010 with an objective to provide competent cloud platform for business users. Azure was renamed as Microsoft Azure in 2014. Since its introduction Azure has shown a great progress when compared to AWS service provider

Comparison:

Availability zone:

As AWS was the earliest in the cloud domain so it is more established and is hosting in multiple locations worldwide

AWS has 66 availability zones.

Azure has 54 regions worldwide and is available in 140 countries all around the world.

AWS Vs Azure: Who Uses Them?

Since AWS is the oldest player in the cloud market, it has bigger community support and user base. Therefore, AWS has more high-profile and more prominent customers like Netflix, Airbnb, Unilever, BMW and Samsung

Azure is also gaining its share of high-profile customers with time. Till now, Azure has nearly 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies as its clients. Some other major customers are Johnson Controls, Polycom, Fujifilm, HP, Honeywell and Apple

Market Shares and Growth Rate:

AWS has maximum i.e. 30 percent of public cloud share in its name.

Microsoft Azure is on the second place, with around 16 percent of the worldwide market share.

Even though Microsoft Azure is lagging behind AWS, when it comes to market shares, it has shown tremendous growth rate last year. Microsoft Azure has 75 percent of growth rate while for AWS, growth rate is of 41%

AWS vs Azure: Services

As AWS is in market far before Azure, so AWS services are more evolved when compared to Azure.

AWS offers around 200+ services to its customers, while Azure provides up to 100+ services

There are various domains under which AWS and Azure provides their services such as compute, database, storage, and networking

Compute Services:

Services

AWS

Azure

IaaS

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Virtual Machines

PaaS

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

App Service and Cloud Services

Containers

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Container Service

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Serverless

Lamda

Functions

Data Base Services

Services

AWS

Azure

RDBMS

Amazon Relational DB Service

SQL DB

NoSQL:KeyValue

Amazon DynamoDB

Table Storage

NoSQL: Indexed

Amazon SimpleDatabase

Azure Cosmos Database

Storage Services

Services

AWS

Azure

Storage for Objects

Amazon Simple Storage Service

Blob Storage

Virtual Server Disks

Amazon Elastic Block Store

Managed Disks

Long term backup Storage

Amazon Glacier

Azure Archive Blob Storage

File Storage

Amazon Elastic File System

Azure File Storage

Network Storage

Services

AWS

Azure

Virtual Network

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Virtual Networks (VNets)

Elastic Load Balancer

Elastic Load Balancer

Load Balancer

Peering

Direct Connect

ExpressRoute

DNS

Amazon Route 53

Azure DNS

Conclusion:

Considering all the factors mentioned above, AWS is leading in cloud market. However, It’s difficult to say for how long AWS can be on top as Azure and other cloud services like GCP are continuously working to be on top of cloud market

Even though AWS has an advantage of being the first one in market, Using Azure cloud makes more sense to many organizations that use Microsoft tools as it’s easy to integrate Microsoft tools with Azure cloud

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