Aws vs Azure

“Public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and IBM Cloud, are innovation juggernauts that offer highly operating-cost-competitive alternatives to traditional, on-premises hosting environments.”

Amazon Web Services started out as a pure cloud play used mainly by smaller firms and developers, focused on (among other things) Linux and a variety of databases. They could easily log on and deploy a full tool set. AWS has grown this early tool set at a breathless rate – it adds tools and features, for so many functions, so often that even close AWS watchers can hardly keep up. If you want a mega-powerful platform that handles virtually any cloud function – without regard for operating system – AWS is your choice.

However, if you are a Microsoft shop and heavily invested in the Microsoft way, from Windows to Active Directory to SQL Server and Visual Studio, then Azure is clearly your best choice. Furthermore, Microsoft – unlike AWS – has deep roots in the enterprise. It understands business customers. As such, Microsoft invested in a hybrid cloud, knowing the businesses with traditional data center would move some but not all of their on-premises resources to the cloud. Microsoft’s Azure cloud migration services can make migrating on-prem to Azure simple, and often with no modification.

Comparison:

Each provider offers a huge number of services to complement their respective clouds. When it comes down to some of the core services though, they often use different service names to actually mean the same thing, as the below table shows.

 

Comparison of top cloud products

So, once you have decided what your requirements are, you can determine which provider will best fit your needs. And you’ll probably want to look at the following

Cost

Obviously, you’ll want to work out how much your solution is going to cost. There are many calculators on the web that can help you do this, such as:

AWS: https://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html/

Azure: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/calculator/

If you are a Microsoft partner, then they will offer discounts for Azure depending on your partner level – another factor worth considering. It’s also useful to check if signing up for a contracted time period will deliver any further cost savings.

Performance

Working out which of these two cloud providers delivers the best performance for your particular use case is very difficult to do. There are numerous articles that have been published which test CPU/Disk/Network performance (such as this one). However, unless this exactly matches what you are going to use the platform for, you are going to get different results.

If you can, I would suggest signing up for the free trials that are offered by each provider, in order to benchmark your application and compare the results (note though that instance types between providers may well differ). The pricing model for all cloud offerings allows you to “pay-as-you-use”, so running these tests should be comparatively cheap.

Security

Does the security of a cloud provider matter to you? Of course it does, but each will approach security in a different way. If you have specific requirements – such as encrypting your data at rest – will your cloud provider support this? Do you need to ensure the data center your provider uses is ISO 9001/27001-compliant? If so, look for this when selecting your cloud solution to avoid problems in the future.

 

AWS goes into detail here and Azure here with regard to the compliance standards to which they adhere.

Uptime

Both AWS and Azure have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) which states the level of service you should expect to receive. See which of these gives you the best service level for the requirements of your application. It should hopefully also show you which service puts a bigger/better guarantee of their service being available. Be sure though, to note any caveats in regards to their SLA applying (e.g. you might have to use multiple servers).

Feature/Service Fit

It might be that either AWS or Azure (or another provider) has a unique feature which means that this would be a better solution for you. A good example would be Azure’s “Web Apps” service which has auto scaling and load balancing built in. AWS doesn’t have a service that competes (currently). AWS, however, has a service called Glacier which allows secure, durable and extremely low-cost cloud storage. Azure doesn’t have a competing service.

Weighting

Finally, weight each of these areas to decide which is most important to you. Hopefully this should make it easy to work out which of these competing providers to use.

 

Key Differences Between AWS vs Azure
  1. Both AWS vs AZURE are popular choices in the market; let us discuss some of the major Differences Between AWS vs AZURE:
  2. AWS EC2 users can configure their own VMS or pre-configured images whereas Azure users need to choose the virtual hard disk to create a VM which is pre-configured by the third party and need to specify the number of cores and memory required.
  3. AWS offers temporary storage which will be assigned when an instance is started and destroyed when it is terminated and S3 for object storage. Whereas Azure offers temporary storage by block storage through page Blobs for VM’s and Block Blobs for object storage.
  4. AWS offers Virtual private cloud so that user can create isolated networks within the cloud Whereas Azure offers Virtual network through which we can create isolated networks, subnets, route tables, private IP address range as same as in AWS.
  5. Azure is open to Hybrid cloud systems whereas AWS is less open to private or third-party cloud providers.
  6. AWS follows pay as you go and they charge per hour whereas Azure also follows pay as you go model and they charge per minute which provides more exact pricing model than AWS.
  7. AWS has more features and configurations and it offers a lot of flexibility, power, and customization with support for many third party tools integration. Whereas Azure will be easy to use if we are familiar with windows as it is a windows platform and it’s easy to integrate on-premises windows servers with cloud instances to create a hybrid environment.

 

The basis of comparison between AWS vs AZURE AWS AZURE
Compute We have computers to perform the calculation, processing, and computing of data and we can scale to thousands of processing nodes with help of cloud service providers based on our requirement. AWS uses Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as a primary solution for scalable computing and for management of software container with Docker or Kubernetes it uses ECS (EC2 Container service) and uses EC2 container registry. For computing purpose Azure uses virtual machines and to scale for large extent uses virtual machine scale sets and for software management, in Docker container it uses Container Service (AKS) and uses Container Registry for Docker container registry.
Storage Storage is next to the main service for the cloud provider. AWS uses S3 (Simple storage service) which is longest running than Azure and it provides lots of documentation and tutorials. It offers Archive storage by a Glacier, data archive and S3 Infrequent access (IA) Azure uses Storage Block blob for storage which are comprised of blocks and uploads large blobs efficiently. It uses Storage cool and storage archive for archiving data.
Networking Cloud providers offer different partners and networks which will interconnect with data centers using different products. AWS uses a virtual private cloud for networking and uses an API gateway for cross-premises connectivity. AWS uses Elastic load balancing for load balance during networking. Azure uses a virtual network for networking or content delivery and uses a VPN gateway for cross-premises connectivity. For load balancing during content delivery, it manages with load balancer and application gateway
Deploying Apps AWS also offers similar solutions with Elastic Beanstalk, Batch, Lambda, container service etc. But it doesn’t have many features on app hosting side. One of the advantages with cloud providers is a simple process of deploying an application. As a developer, we want to deploy our app on multiple servers virtually by using PaaS features. Azure has multiple app deployment tools such as cloud services, container service, functions, batch, app services etc.
Database Almost all cloud providers provide an ability to implement a database in both SQL and NoSQL solutions. AWS uses a relational database as a service by using RDS, for NoSQL it uses Dynamo DB and caching it uses Elastic Cache. Azure uses SQL database, MySQL, and PostgreSQL for the relational database, it uses Cosmos DB for NoSQL solutions and Redis Cache for caching purpose.
Open source Developers AWS is excellent for open source developers as it welcomes Linux users and offers several integrations for different open source applications. Azure provides the facility for enterprise users so that they can use current active directory account to sign on the Azure cloud platform and runs .net framework on Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

 

Conclusion:

Finally, it’s an overview of the Differences Between AWS vs AZURE cloud providers. I hope you will have a better understanding of the services offered by these AWS vs AZURE providers and choose a cloud provider based on your requirements. If you are looking for Infrastructure as a service or wide range of service and tools then you can choose AWS. If you are looking for windows integration or a good platform as a service (PaaS) cloud provider then you can choose Azure.

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