Thursday, December 10, 2020

Which one do you choose- AWS or Microsoft Azure?

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Any organization whether it is vast or small works on data that can be in any form. Data storage becomes an essential part of the organization, as each step of the business plan depends upon data, and with growing businesses data increases significantly. Traditionally, data storage solutions were physical storage like a hard drive, then those devices need to be secured somewhere. In today’s time, companies and businesses are much more conscious about the safety and security of storing their business information in one place. In the digital era, every step we take and every move we make online will be counted, which is super essential for organizations to understand the buying and consumption patterns of their consumers. Not even online, but also offline, this is the time of smart devices which are self-data generating and well connected to the internet, thanks to the internet of things (Iot). With the help of Iot, we can get the details, how products are used. Because the smart devices are connected and help in understanding the consumption patterns. 

With the launch of technological innovations, corporations have moved from conventional storage machines in the direction of more augmented and efficient cloud storage solutions. Now, Business does not have to worry about losing their vital data because cloud storage program helps to keep their crucial industry data protected. Cloud has renovated the direction in which organizations manage their data. The information is on cloud-based storage servers is retrieved with the help of the internet. The companies which provide the network services and structure for the cloud are called cloud service providers (CSPs). Amazon and Microsoft are the two cloud help sources.

The public cloud platforms help consumers gain new resources, without including investing in new hardware or software anymore. Instead, they pay their cloud service supplier a subscription fee or pay only for the reserves they use. Merely by fill up web forms, users can set up accounts and spin up virtual machines or provision new applications.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are two of the greatest names in the world of public cloud computing. Which one is right for you? To help you make that conclusion, let us have a look at how these are putting their steps into the real world.



Microsoft Azure

Amazon Web Service (AWS)

  Azure is the cloud service platform provided by Microsoft, which delivers services in various domains, like compute, storage, networking, database, and other functionality that supports businesses. Microsoft announced Azure in 2010. It is evolving as one of the prominent business-related cloud service suppliers. Software Developers and other personnel employ these services to build, operate, and coordinate services and applications through the cloud. Azure services are divided into the platform service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

The name of the cloud service platform provided by Amazon is Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS was launched in 2006 and turn out to be the best cloud platform amongst the other cloud platforms. The various domains it provides services in are- Storage Service, Computing Service, and other functions that support businesses to expand. These services cater to operate with each other to generate an accessible and efficient result. These can be applied to develop and coordinate several applications in the cloud platform. Amazon Web Services are further classified into three types such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS).


Microsoft’s estimating is also pay-as-you-go, but they cost per minute, which offers a more precise pricing model. Azure also provides short-term promises with the alternative between pre-paid or monthly charges.

Amazon Web Services charges per hour. Amazon has a pay-as-you-go model.
Services are purchasable on the following models:
On-demand: Pay for what you use without direct cost.
Reserved: Example for 1 or 3 years with direct cost on a user basis.
Spot: Clients bid for extra capability available.

Microsoft offers Virtual Network (VNET) that enables users the ability to create isolated networks as well as subnets, route tables, private IP address ranges, and network gateways. Both services offer solutions to prolong the on-premises data center into the cloud and firewall option.

AWS provides VPC, i.e., Virtual private cloud facilitates the user to create separated networks inside the cloud. Within VPC, a user can build subnets, route tables, private IP address ranges, and network gateways.


Azure users choose Virtual Hard Disk (VHD), which is corresponding to a Machine Instance, to create a VM. Virtual Hard Disk can be pre-shaped by Microsoft, the user, or a 3rd party. The user should require the number of cores and memory.            

AWS EC2 users can set up their own VMs or choose pre-configured device images or modify MIs. Customers select the size, power, memory capacity, and number of VMs, and choose from various areas and accessibility zones.

Azure is accessible to Hybrid cloud systems. Tools like- SQL database and Active Directory work well with Azure.

AWS is enclosed to private or third-party cloud providers. AWS also delivers more elasticity, capacity, and customization. But there is a learning curve with AWS.



Being a topnotch IT Provider, Microsoft has great assistance for hybrid cloud services, with platforms like Hybrid SQL Server, Azure StorSimple, and Azure Stack, a new hybrid cloud podium product brings almost full public Azure functionality to your own on-premises data centers using the same pay-as-you-go pricing model it offers for its public cloud.


AWS unveiled Snowball Edge, a 100TB hard drive for shifting loads between its cloud and clients’ data centers. It also added a hybrid element to its portfolio when it collaborated with VMware to allow its customers to rush into its cloud environments. 



Azure brings native integration for the tools like- VBS, SQL database, Active Directory, in case one is already using these window development tools. Azure supports open source and now can run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Apache Hadoop clusters, despite Microsoft has not always incorporated the model.


In this platform, there are more open-source integrations available which include GitHub and Jenkins. And it also supports Linux servers.



  Microsoft alleges to have more than 50 compliant offerings, which include ITAR, DISA, HIPAA, CJIS, FIPS. 


Amazon compliance offerings include certifications in ITAR, DISA, HIPAA, CJIS, FIPS, and more. 



Final Thoughts-

With the above comparison or explanation, one can easily select the required services, both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are capable of catering to the best of their abilities and still evolving. Cloud is a new technology and any addition to these technologies will not surprise us in the future. It is found that these two cloud platforms have strong competencies. It is hard to select any one of them. It depends upon the business need while choosing from, you’ll be obtaining the profits of a hyper scalable cloud solution that can encounter your growing business requirements. Where on one side AWS is more flexible and provides additional features, but when it comes to Hybrid cloud and integration with Microsoft stack, Azure is an exceptional choice. Therefore, organizations can choose any of the cloud platforms, according to their requirements.

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Author’s Name- Palak Airon
Author’s Bio-
Data Scientist personnel with over 8 years of professional experience in the IT industry. Competent in Data Science and Digital Marketing. Expertise in professionally researched technical Content Writing.

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