Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are both computing titans in the present scenario. Both are providing solutions to meet the needs of organizations of virtually any size. That’s why it is difficult to understand which option will work for your organization- MS Azure vs AWS, and hence this blogpost.

Microsoft and Amazon, both have been named as leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for IaaS, PaaS Application and cloud storage. There are more than 90,000 new Azure customer subscriptions every month and about 500 companies are using it. It provides services for customer-side applications and websites. Amazon Web Services provide a portfolio of content delivery, computing, storage, and networking services.

The chart below shows the difference between AWS and Azure

 Amazon Web ServicesMicrosoft Azure
Storage optionsAmazon simple storage (S3)Azure storage (Blobs, Queues, Tables, Files)
Backup optionsAmazon GlacierAzure Backup
Database optionsAmazon Relational Database Service (RDS)Azure SQL Database
ComplianceAWS CloudHSMAzure Trust Center
Hybrid cloudNoneAvailable
Storage servicesAmazon Import/ExportAzure Import Export
Block storageAmazon Elastic Block storage (EBS)Azure Blob storage
Government servicesAWS GovCloudAzure Government
App/Desktop ServicesAmazon WorkSpaces
Amazon AppStream
Azure RemoteApp
Analytics/Hadoop optionsElastic MapReduce(EMR)HDInsight (Hadoop)
Compute servicesElastic Compute Cloud (EC2)Virtual Machines (VMs)
 Amazon Elastic BeanstalkCloud services
  Azure websites and apps
 NoneAzure visual studio online

While there are some basic similarities between AWS and Azure such as easily spinning up a new virtual server, secure remote access and VPN capabilities for private clouds, it’s where they differ that provides you a window to get insights on whether to choose Azure or AWS for your business.

Azure or AWS: What sets them apart?

AWS has various application services, deployment options and stream analytics for real time data stream processing in the cloud. Gartner says that AWS has 5 times the capacity of 12 – 14 competitors combined, together with Azure and Google.

AWS can take the capacity lead from its competitors, but one of the biggest advantages Azure has over AWS is its connections with clienteles. It’s this long-standing rapport with them, coupled with the ease of usage of all Microsoft’s tools that provide a short learning curve so that it becomes a comfortable ride for them.

Let’s discuss some other characteristics so that you can decide which cloud option will work for you –


With AWS, you’ll be productive and effective once you get trained in it.

Azure gives you access to the similar tools that millions of industries trust and use today, including Windows and Linux, Active Directory, virtual machines and containers. It also ties into toolsets such as Eclipse, Visual Studio, GitHub, XCode, and Hadoop, and offers a bundle of third party solutions, tools, and partner-developed applications via the Azure Marketplace.

Rapid app development

With AWS, it’s easy to use open source tools that run on Linux third party tools such as web accelerator Varnish Cache.

Azure’s integrated tools, services, and sure solutions help you build enterprise applications faster, for any platform or device. Anyone can work on Azure because it supports the widest selection of devices, databases, operating systems, frameworks, languages, and tools. There is no need to manage virtual infrastructure.

Applications requirements

AWS offers a wide range of fully managed database services to fit your application requirements. They can be launched in minutes with just a few clicks. It includes Amazon Relational Database Service, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, and so on.

With Azure, you can build hybrid applications easily that facilitates the use of existing datacenter resources to meet the todays’ business and operational imperatives. You can do this within azure itself – without any complexity of workarounds and tradeoffs.

Hybrid connections provided by azure are content delivery networks, virtual private networks, Express route connections that ensure privacy and confidentiality between datacenters and your infrastructure.

The tables shown below provides the basic comparison between the clouds:

  1. From networking point of view:

     Virtual networkPublic IPHybrid CloudDNSFirewall/ACL




  2. In relation to storage and DBs:

     Ephermeral (Temporary)Block StorageObject StorageRelational DbArchivingNoSQL and Big Data
    AWSYesEBSS3RDSGlacierDynamo DB, EMR, Kinesis, Redshift
    AzureTemporary Storage-D DrivePage BlobsBlock Blobs and FilesRelational DBs Windows Azure Table, HDInsight
  3. In relation to pricing and models

    AWSPer hour- rounded upOn demand, reserved, spot
    AzurePer minute- rounded up commitments (pre-paid or monthly)On demand- short term commitments (pre-paid or monthly)

The AWS vs Azure race never ends as both offer businesses a broad and deep set of abilities with global coverage by keeping in mind, the requirements of customers. So, whether you are an SMB or a big enterprise or an individual, both have one thing or the other for you!

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