We performed a comparison between Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: Because Microsoft Azure has a more difficult initial setup and weaker support, Amazon AWS ultimately wins out in this comparison.
"The features with Amazon AWS that I have found most valuable are its flexibility and high availability. These are the most important and attractive points for me."
"The installation process is very simple."
"Technical support has been great."
"It has a lot of new features that make our lives easier in terms of what we want it to do in the house."
"User friendly solution."
"This solution is a good option if you are looking for cloud-based storage. Using a cloud-based solution, it is not required to accommodate a full workload. You can start with a basic version and scale up as needed."
"AWS is constantly growing in features with every new version. It's a good cloud provider with excellent availability. The integration is good, and their security products are interesting. Amazon is always innovating and delivering new products to customers."
"The installation is quite straightforward."
"To me, the most valuable Azure features are AKS, Cloud SQL, security, and account management."
"The main benefit of Microsoft Azure is that it is cloud-based. We are using Microsoft Visual Studio for our code and it is tightly integrated with Microsoft Azure. Additionally, the solution is user-friendly."
"The user interface is very good for administrators."
"It's set up to handle any cloud requirement."
"We have not had any issues with the performance, or the stability."
"Great features at a good price."
"Offers many data security features including securing network access."
"It has multiple features that can be used from the start."
"It is difficult to hand over legacy applications when migrating them to the cloud."
"I think Amazon could improve some of the security or fine-grained access for metadata and many other things."
"The technical support should be better than what is on offer right now."
"The solution could be more user-friendly."
"There is a feature called Kinesis, which has to do with image processing. There are a few artificial intelligence tools that Amazon AWS should improve on."
"There is no control of downtime."
"I want to use AWS as a full solution for my website - for domain and website hosting, and everything in between - however, I was not able to find everything together."
"The pricing is reasonable but there is always room to be better."
"The integration pipeline could be a bit more broad in terms of applications."
"Customer services and support should be improved. If a user faces challenges in accessing Microsoft Azure, the support team takes time—it could be 24 to 48 hours—to resolve them. We need solutions in four to five hours. And there are business-critical issues where we need an immediate resolution."
"The solution could improve the stability. However, this could be a configuration issue that we are not been trained."
"Potential improvements to the price calculator tool"
"Microsoft should have one package for all their solutions in one place to be found."
"There are multiple DevOps solutions and tools available in Microsoft Azure, but most of the time they are either in the build mode, meaning you don't get complete support for them because they are either making changes, or changing the names of the particular services. Sometimes, services vanish from the portal. We are not able to see that. I think they actually change the names of the services."
"The solution is less mature than AWS."
"The solution could improve by simplifying network management."
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an adopted cloud platform that offers more than 200 fully featured services from data centers located across the globe. This is a scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that is utilized by thousands of businesses of different sizes around the world. The product offers a wide variety of solutions for its customers, which allows them to launch applications regardless of their industry.
The most common use cases for AWS are:
Amazon AWS supports a global cloud infrastructure with AWS Region and Availability Zone models, which contribute to the high availability of enterprise applications running on the solution. Amazon AWS has an extensive array of products that serve different purposes, including:
The products and services that Amazon AWS delivers to these sectors provide a large computing capacity which is quicker and cheaper compared to building a physical server farm. Among the most popular services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as "EC2," and Amazon Simple Storage Service, also known as "S3."
Amazon AWS Features
The wide array of products that Amazon AWS offers consist of different functions that utilize cloud computing across different sectors. The features of this solution can be categorized in the following ways:
Amazon AWS Benefits
This product delivers various benefits across all industries that utilize its services. The greatest advantages of using Amazon AWS include:
Reviews from Real Users
Greg G., a chief executive officer at a tech services company, ranks Amazon AWS highly, as he states that the solution is flexible, scales well, and offers good stability.
A technology manager technology at a computer software company values Amazon AWS because it is extremely cost-efficient, easy to upgrade and expand storage with greatly improved interfaces.
Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform, where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.
Windows Azure works across multiple frameworks and languages. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities with elements of application development, deployment, and management.
Azure is comprised of several different service modules, including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.
Microsoft Azure works as a:
Microsoft Azure is available:
Compared to its competitors, Microsoft Azure:
Microsoft Azure Features:
Benefits of Microsoft Azure:
Reviews from Real Users:
"It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.
OmarJ., future datacenter consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud at a tech company, adds that "The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."
“You can build an environment in minutes. It's very good in terms of being an infrastructure as a service, and I found that really fascinating,” says an information technology consultant at a computer software company.
"I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are," says an enterprise architect at an energy/utilities company.
Marco C., Ing. at Wolters Kluwer, says "The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is it has everything together in one place. It is one large tool with lots of small tools that are updated often," says the owner of a media company.
Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 109 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 110 reviews. Amazon AWS is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Flexible, scales well, and offers good stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". Amazon AWS is most compared with Linode, SAP Cloud Platform, OpenShift, Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, SAP Cloud Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and IBM Public Cloud. See our Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure report.
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