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.
Cloud Native Architect | Kubernetes | Security | DevOps | SRE | Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 8, 2023
Hi,This totally depends on your organization, what identity management and other products are being used, etc. It can actually depend on a lot of factors.
For me, it is hard to say that one is definitively "better" than the other as it largely depends on the specific needs and requirements of the organization. Both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are highly capable cloud computing platforms with a wide range of features and services.
For some organizations, AWS may be the better option due to its strong portfolio of infrastructure and platform services, extensive global network of data centers, and its mature and well-established ecosystem of third-party tools and services.
For others, Azure may be the better choice due to its strong focus on big data and artificial intelligence (AI) services, its integration with other Microsoft products, and its hybrid cloud capabilities.
Ultimately, the best solution will depend on the organization's specific use case and requirements. It is important to carefully evaluate both options and weigh the pros and cons of each before making a decision.
Hi community members,
I'm the Head of IT at a construction company (size: <50).
Currently, I'm trying to select an IaaS platform out of Google Cloud services, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Many have suggested that Amazon AWS is a good choice.
Which one would you recommend for my organization? Whichever you recommend please give your reasons.
Thanks in advance.
Gerente regional de tecnologÃa at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 5, 2022
I have worked with AWS for 4 years now and I agree with the recommendation.
If you make some research AWS will be shown as the top solution in many white papers. We made an evaluation to compare it with Google and Azure. In our case, AWS is the most cost-effective.
Depending on the solution you are running you need to check the license cost for your servers. If you have a lot of Windows solutions Azure may be a better fit.
Regarding performance, we did have an incident where the complete region was unreachable. So, make sure to consider recovery sites.
VP of Data and Analytics at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jul 9, 2022
I would like to recommend MS Azure to start with.
The reasons are:
1. I bet you're using many Microsoft tools, like Office 365, Team, etc. so you're pretty familiar with the MS UX which is excellent.
2. It's easy to start/learn Azure and configurations, they have very detailed documentation online.
3. It's relatively cheaper with Azure IaaS with good starting numbers of notes/services.
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Unitrends has Cloud-to-Cloud backup and replication for Azure or AWS VM Workloads.
On top of this, you can add (if you want) white glove DRaaS premium or elite for critical workloads. Fully automated and tested by the vendor regularly to guarantee 1 hour RPO's & RTO's.
Hi @Ratnodeep Roy,
As you are interested to know "backup and recovery solution that can backup Azure machines to its own (dedicated) cloud, outside Azure", you have various options, as follows:
On-premises - Back up files, folders, system state using the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent. Or use the DPM or Azure Backup Server (MABS) agent to protect on-premises VMs (Hyper-V and VMware) and other on-premises workloads.
Azure VMs - Back up entire Windows/Linux VMs (using backup extensions) or back up files, folders, and system state using the MARS agent.
Azure Managed Disks - Back up Azure Managed Disks
Azure Files shares - Back up Azure File shares to a storage account
SQL Server in Azure VMs - Back up SQL Server databases running on Azure VMs
SAP HANA databases in Azure VMs - Backup SAP HANA databases running on Azure VMs
Azure Database for PostgreSQL servers - Back up Azure PostgreSQL databases and retain the backups for up to 10 years
Azure Blobs - Overview of operational backup for Azure Blobs
While for restoring files, you probably can think of using the Recover Data wizard in the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) Agent.
Having said that, I'd like to add that Backup and Recovery is broad topic (as you know it better), you may like to refer to the below links from Microsoft:
Azure Backup - https://azure.microsoft.com/en...
Azure site recovery - https://azure.microsoft.com/en...
Azure Archive Storage - https://azure.microsoft.com/en...
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We have given Acronis Cyber Cloud Solution to most of our clients since it has the capability of any- to-any restoration and it can be achieved on any cloud.
I once used Commvault. It can cross-backup and restore on a variety of platforms including Azure.