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.
"I like that it helps us do everything really fast, and its advanced services."
"The initial setup is easy. The deployment is fast."
"Its scalability is powerful. We are providing services for people to schedule an appointment for the vaccine and for COVID testing to see whether they are positive or negative. In one night, we can have 240,000 people in one minute to schedule an appointment. I am very happy with the scalability."
"I like S3, load balancers, and Route 53."
"The most valuable feature is the backup ability. Most people are used to one type of backup solution that they're using, but most of these solutions have features that make it difficult to transfer to the cloud. I know that Veeam now gives people the opportunity to backup some on-premises solutions to the cloud. This feature is something that a lot of people are looking for."
"The product is highly scalable."
"This solution offers a very detailed dashboard that has some metrics, such as performance and budget."
"AWS is easy to manage."
"The application services are the most valuable in Microsoft Azure. I'm not using them directly but I am using the function and the web applications. I don't need to pay a lot for the maintenance. I do not need to have a DevOps employee."
"I like the familiarity of this solution."
"In terms of scalability, it is perfect."
"I have not had a problem with the stability. It is reliable."
"With the Azure solution, you can get more value from your cloud investment no matter what your future goals are. It depends on your level of familiarity with the cloud you are using or with your computing. Azure helps you with every stage of the cloud."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration between all of the components in Azure."
"We have not had any issues with the performance, or the stability."
"Microsoft Azure is scalable."
"The features that should be improved are that there should be better clarity on their invoicing. There are so many things they charge for - high line items in the invoice. I think there should be more clarity and more ease of use with their billing. I'd like to see better ease of use of with the billing console and a clear dashboard to understand the usage."
"There is a bit of a learning curve. That said, it's likely no different than learning any other cloud."
"Their support can be improved. In some cases, their support is not as proficient as it can be. They should be quicker at getting back."
"They could lower the cost. The setup could also be easier."
"I'd like to see AWS implement consolidated billing for businesses operating under one group. We want to consolidate the functionalities but keep the billing separate. That is a challenge we've faced, and I feel it's something they can improve on. For example, maybe you have three businesses that are operating under one group, and you want each entity to have a separate bill for the respective workload that they're using."
"AWS could be more scalable."
"We have had several issues with the products and services but as of now, there are no good alternatives."
"I would like to see CloudFormation made more in the programming way of thinking."
"The cost of the product is too high. It would be ideal if they could lower it a bit for their customers."
"Ease of use could be improved."
"There could be more documentation and video tutorials to incorporate each and every feature. This way one can easily get the knowledge and implement it."
"I have found Microsoft Azure has many components to use and it's very difficult to understand every component."
"The price of the Azure license could be cheaper."
"There should be be better support for microservices and containers."
"They should create integrations with more platforms."
"It can be improved in terms of ease of billing or monitoring of the billing. That gets to be a little difficult."
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.
“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 150 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 161 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 IBM Public 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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