Battle For The Best: Azure v/s AWS


Key takeaways:

  • What is Microsoft’s Azure?
  • What is AWS?
  • Who’s better: AWS or Azure?

If you’re new to cloud computing, you would prefer a cloud platform that can help you in getting started seamlessly. Today, for the above purpose, you have various cloud services like AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, Google Cloud, etc. 

All these are amazing and cost-competitive hosting platforms and an alternative to the traditional on-premises platforms. So, brace yourselves for an informative journey through the world’s most comprehensive cloud platforms, Azure and AWS.

What is AWS?

AWS stands for Amazon Web Services. It’s a widely adopted cloud platform that everyone looks for faster innovation. It’s agile and lowers down the end costs. Some important services from AWS include storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile development tools, enterprise applications, etc. 

The cloud computing services offered by AWS include LightSail, EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), AWS Lambda, etc. These are just a few of the many services in the offering from the company. 

Its customers include Netflix, Airbnb, Unilever, BMW, Samsung, MI, Zynga, etc.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure, launched on February 1, 2010, is a cloud computing platform that allows you to access and manage the cloud services of Microsoft. These services encompass storing and modeling your data on the cloud.

Just like its contender AWS, you just have to pay for the services you opt for. A bonus fact for you all. Over 80% of the Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies use Microsoft’s Azure for cloud computing

Its customers include Johnson Controls, Polycom, Fujifilm, HP, Honeywell, Apple, etc.

Who’s better and who’s the best: Azure v/s AWS

The following comparisons will surely help you in finalizing the cloud computing platform adhering to your requirements. 

1. Pricing

I think that’s a crucial factor, as cloud computing isn’t cheap. Both platforms operate on the pay-as-you-go layout. That is, only pay for the services you want. In the case of Azure, you have to pay on an hourly basis while in AWS; you need to pay on a per-minute basis. 

For a smaller architecture, Azure is cheaper than AWS and the scenario changes as the architecture complexes up. 

2. Compute Services

This discussion can’t end without the computing services parameter. How many of you know the meaning of “computing” in cloud computing? If any of you don’t, understand it here. 

With tons of data being generated every second, there’s always the need to process, store, and access that data, hastily. It means computing for this purpose. 

Both AWS and Azure offer multiple computing services to their customers. For instance, AWS offers EC2, AWS Lambda, etc. While Azure offers services like AVM (Azure Virtual Machine), Azure Functions, etc. for computing. But here’s a catch. Azure’s computing cost upswings as the size increases. For 256 GB RAM and 64vPCU, you get charged $3.2/hour by AWS and $6.76/hour by Azure. Surprised? 

3. Storage

Now comes the storage services of the two giants. 

AWS offers storage services like AWS S3, EBS, and Glacier while Azure offers services like Blob Storage, Disk Storage, and Standard Archive

All these services are long-running and reliable in every aspect. Azure’s Block Storage option is a resemblance to S3 in AWS. Plus, Azure provides hot storage and cold storage. 

4. Networking services

Amazon’s VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)allows you to create singled out networks under the cloud umbrella. These networks allow users to create subnets, routing tables, private IP address ranges, etc. 

Azure’s virtual network does the same as its counterpart. Both allow moving the on-premises data center(s) to the cloud. 

5. Compliance

In terms of security required for dealing with sensitive data, both the cloud platforms walk hand-in-hand with each other. AWS possesses superior relationships with government agencies. Hence, it ensures a proper approach to individual users when it comes to accessing the cloud. 

On the other hand, Azure is compliant with agencies like IATR, DISA, HIPAA, etc. 

Conclusion

Today, the question “whether or not to opt for cloud computing” doesn’t exist. It’s modified into “which cloud computing is the best”. In this blog, I mentioned some top-ranked platforms in the beginning and threw some light on Azure and AWS. 

Read the article religiously and you will be able to make the most convincing decision right away.