I am a Senior Manager at a medium-sized tech services company.
My company is planning to migrate from AWS to Azure. We would like to know the benefits of Azure versus AWS. Which one do you prefer?
In addition, what should be on our checklist during this migration?
Thank you for your help.
IT Support at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 8, 2023
At one level both providers are about the same. The biggest difference is the billing and service models.If you have a business relationship with Microsoft for other products and services then bundling in Azure could be a win. It may reduce some costs but at the very least you have 1 fewer service providers to deal with.I tend to like AWS but that is just because I am familiar with their services. One thing to keep track of is the costs. I have one client who really wants to move to AWS but cannot find a way to get over the 8-10 times increase in monthly costs over operating out of a shared data center with purchased equipment.
I do not currently have an AWS certification and I do not really believe you need to have one in order to work with the solution effectively. It may be useful for people to put on their resumes; however you can benefit from all the services that AWS provides perfectly well without it. In fact, I did not even know what Amazon AWS certification was until a few months ago when a colleague said they were preparing to get one. For them, it is essential to showcase their skills and test their knowledge. I understand that, but for me, and for anyone who just wants to take advantage of Amazon AWS services without becoming an expert, it is not necessary.
I work at a company for developing games, so we utilize the functions of Amazon AWS related to that the most. There is Amazon GameLift, which is a dedicated game server host, GameSpark, which lets you build game backends, and my personal favorite - Lumberyard - a free cross-platform 3D game engine. Obviously, if you work in a different sector, you might not need these, but the fact that they cover so many specific fields is extremely useful. And they save you so much time and money on outsourcing these services! No wonder this is one of the best-known solutions in its field. It definitely is worth the money.
My company utilizes many of the services that AWS offers for various cloud computing purposes. They are all useful, since they all serve different purposes. I think that is the best thing about AWS - how many areas it covers with its products. But if I have to give an example of a group of products that I utilize almost daily, it would be the analytics services. Solutions like Amazon Anthena, OpenSearch Service, Kinesis, and QuickSight are extremely important and useful for data management and analysis. You can get visualized detailed reports that help you make better business choices. These features are valuable additions to AWS, as it allows you not only to store the data but make full use of it as well.
S3 Bucket, because AWS provides you with reliable storage services like Amazon Simple Storage Service.