Cloud Comparison: Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services

Read the latest whitepaper on Whitepapers Online titled,

Read the latest whitepaper on Whitepapers Online titled, "Cloud Comparison: Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services"               IT industry experts know that Amazon and Azure are the two primary players in the business. But how can an organization determine which software is rightly suited to its company operations? Read the following whitepaper to know about the difference between the two software including basics and licensing, the hybrid cloud, features and the costs for each vendor.

Comparing Azure and Amazon Web Services AWS

if your organization is considering moving to a cloud-based infrastructure, there's no better software than Amazon or Azure. Since the launch of AWS in 2009, there have been many major changes in the software as well as the surrounding competitive landscape. Microsoft Azure has been in operations since 2010 and both services have helped in the creation of profitable, stable and flexible products. It’s difficult to make an important decision like choosing a cloud infrastructure vendor without knowing all the facts. Listed below are some key factors to consider while taking a decision between opting for AWS or Azure.

The Basics

Amazon groups infrastructure as a service offering into four categories that are storage and content delivery, compute, networking as well as database. All the resources are used subject to Amazon's identity and security services. They include AWS Identity Management, Active Directory, AWS CloudHSM and others. Meanwhile, Azure covers all the above broad categories into Data Management and Performance, Compute and Networking. All the services will be secured using a combination of Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Auth, Active Directory Federation Services, etc.


Some companies consider the simplicity of licensing to be a major benefit of moving to the cloud. Microsoft offers license mobility for qualifying application servers. However, the Windows server itself is not eligible for license mobility. On the other hand, the SQL Server license is eligible and organizations can use the license that is already paid for to run their SQL Server instance in the cloud.

The Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft offers strong support for hybrid cloud configurations. With a hybrid cloud, companies can run cloud applications and deploy infrastructure assets and applications with the help of a cloud model. They can also choose to use their on-premise compute resources when appropriate and opt for the cloud when required. A hybrid cloud allows for a seamless transition between the two.


Cloud platform vendors will argue that moving to the cloud will save organizations money. Making a cost generalization to help in the estimation of costs would be meaningless. Both Azure and Amazon have devised cost calculators.

Key Takeaways from the Whitepaper titled, "Cloud Comparison: Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services"

  • The basic, licensing and vendor costs of Azure vs Amazon
  • Amazon and Azure feature for feature direct comparisons
  • A guide to the government in the cloud
  • Microsoft shops and Open Source
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