Microsoft Azure vs Amazon Web Services

February 18, 2016 Joel Marans

It’s natural to wonder why an organization would choose Azure, a relative newcomer to the IaaS space, over the giant in the market, Amazon Web Services. While both offerings allow you to move workloads to the public cloud, there are real differences between the two.

Microsoft has put together a quick video demonstrating some of the main differences between the two platforms.

Build stuff faster

Azure’s integrated tools, unified services, and proven solutions help you build enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, for virtually any platform or device. Any developer can be productive on Azure, not just those with DevOps skills or Windows expertise, because Azure supports the broadest selection of devices, operating systems, databases, languages, frameworks, and tools. Don’t want to manage virtual infrastructure? You don’t have to on Azure. By contrast, AWS puts the burden of integrating different services on you.

Seamlessly connect your datacenter to the cloud

Unlike AWS, Azure lets you easily build hybrid applications that leverage resources in your datacenter, at service providers, and within Azure itself—all without the need for complex workarounds and tradeoffs. You can also use a wider set of hybrid connections including virtual private networks (VPNs), content delivery networks (CDNs), caching, ExpressRoute connections to ensure performance and ease of use. Microsoft Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables your organization to deliver Azure services from your own datacenter to help you achieve more.

Use what you already know

Unlike with AWS, there’s no steep learning curve with Azure: You’ll be productive your first day in our cloud. Azure gives you access to the same technologies that millions of businesses trust and use today, including Windows and Linux, virtual machines and containers, and Active Directory. It also ties into toolsets such as Visual Studio, XCode, Eclipse, GitHub, and Hadoop, and offers a vast array of third party tools, solutions, and partner-developed applications via the Azure Marketplace.

Minimize your risk

Microsoft leads the industry in its commitment to the protection and privacy of your data and services. It starts with the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), our mandatory, industry-leading assurance process that builds security into Azure from the ground up. We were the first cloud provider to receive joint approval from the European Union’s data protection authorities, the Article 29 Working Party, for our strong contractual commitments to comply with rigorous EU privacy laws. And Microsoft was the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international standard for cloud privacy, ISO 27018.

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