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AWS vs Azure: Deciding between two cloud giants

In case you have read our previous blog on determining the right cloud services for your enterprise, this blog will enable you to determine how AWS or Azure could be a fit or not be a fit.

First, a little history

A few years ago, putting enterprise data on the public cloud was considered a security hazard. Organizations worried about the security of their information, the reliability of cloud providers, the lack of consistent service standards and most of all – of losing control over their data.

This uncertainty was transformed in 2006, when Amazon launched (or relaunched) AWS with three basic services – S3 cloud storage, SQS (Simple Queue Service) and EC2. Followed 4 years later by Windows (now Microsoft) Azure, these two cloud computing behemoths have brought standardized, secure and reliable cloud services on a massive scale to enterprises. So today, even discrete organizations such as the US Navy are moving data to the cloud.

Both of these cloud services provide a plethora of options and a stable, secure environment for customers to run infrastructure, development and SaaS workloads. With a robust marketplace ecosystem, most software products can now be found on either cloud, allowing solution deployment without needing the purchase of any infrastructure. They possess a global, distributed presence, and provide built-in disaster recovery and backup solutions, made easier by geographically spread out regional infrastructure availability – which means, there’s always an AWS or Azure data center near you to host your IT.

AWS enjoys the highest market share at 31% in 2020 followed by Azure with 20%. Being a late entrant, Azure has a little way to go to get up to speed – but it hasn’t been kicking its heels. Microsoft has quickly ramped up both the number of services available as well as global availability in their offerings.

AWS and Azure – the current scenario

AWS enjoys the highest market share at 31% in 2020 followed by Azure with 20%. Being a late entrant, Azure has a little way to go to get up to speed – but it hasn’t been kicking its heels. Microsoft has quickly ramped up both the number of services available as well as global availability in their offerings.

Azure has been steadily increasing its market share over the past 2-3 years – in just the past year, their market share has risen from 18% to 20%. With a market size of $214.3 billion in 2019, that is a very significant increase.

Service Offering – what to expect

Both AWS and Azure provide services in multiple functional areas. A glance at the list of services offered, reveals how overwhelming it could be when trying to determine what services to invest in.

To simplify things for you, we’ll take a look at some key domains and how both clouds address them.

AWS VS Azure – A comparison
In addition to these essentials, both clouds also offer a range of services for other modern use cases – including big data, AI/ML, analytics and business intelligence, IoT (Internet of Things), security and identity management and also hybrid computing.

What to expect

Azure

It is attractive for enterprises because of its deep integration with the Microsoft ecosystem and the availability of key productivity tools such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. You can also expect better support for hybrid environments since a lot of Azure services, such as Azure Active Directory, are derived from on-premise software. However, Azure’s support for open-source was quite primitive at the outset, and has improved in recent years.

AWS

Its is known for stability, support for open source software and broad capabilities across all computing areas. The AWS Marketplace is also the first place where most vendors when looking to make themselves available on the cloud get listed. You can expect support for development use cases to be significantly better. However, AWS began as a cloud-centric offering, and renders less support for hybrid environments. Amazon has become aware of the importance of this computing model, as we see in Outposts.

Overall, both clouds are well positioned to support most use cases, and you could choose to go with either vendor, to fulfil your business requirements.

How to decide between the two

The verdict is hard to come to. A lot of enterprises today use both clouds in some capacity or the other, depending on which workload they are being used for. Azure is the cloud of choice for anything Microsoft (which is most enterprise software and devices). Alternatively, AWS is used for development, reliable infrastructure and critical computing workloads, as well as open source driven projects. Still, making a decision can be difficult. To simplify matters, we’ve put together a categorized comparison of the two services in various areas you may be considering for your use case –

A Final Word

AWS and Azure are running a two-horse race for public cloud domination. No matter which cloud you choose, the multitude of options makes it necessary to have expertise on hand to put together an architecture that optimizes both operational efficiency and value.

Note that AWS and Azure run comprehensive certification programs to help experts get their skills ratified and recognized. But these experts are in high demand.

Connect with us for more information on your cloud plan and architect the right models for your needs. Incidentally, we’re also constantly in the process of securing such high-end talent for companies that reach out to us.

~N.R

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