Microsoft Azure is arguably easier and faster to get started on, with Microsoft often stating in its marketing materials that “You’ll be productive your first day in the cloud.” AWS, on the other hand, has long had a reputation as a platform for professionals, with less support for nonexperts (and their staffs) than perhaps is necessary for true efficiency and ease of innovation.
2. Seamless Connections
Microsoft asserts that Azure (unlike AWS) lets you easily build hybrid applications that leverage resources in your data center, at service providers and within Azure itself. An interesting side note is that Azure also recently introduced a new hybrid cloud platform – the Microsoft Azure Stack – to enable companies to deliver Azure services from their own data centers.
3. Risk Mitigation
As the first cloud provider to adopt the international standards for cloud privacy, Microsoft is leading the industry with its commitment to protect customer data. AWS, however, has a (perhaps undeserved) reputation for being somewhat dismissive of its customers’ wants to keep data in on-premise private clouds, and some argue its hybrid cloud strategy reflects that.
The key takeaway from all of these data points? AWS has many benefits and so does Azure, and most companies benefit from using both for different workloads. The key to making sense of it? It all comes down to third-party management. Sometimes it’s best to leverage a service provider to manage public (and private) clouds – and especially hybrid environments. The complexity, risk and security issues are often too much burden to place on an individual company’s IT team.
Regardless of which cloud you choose, there’s plenty of benefits and drawbacks to each. Take our Two Minute Architecture Survey to determine what kind of infrastructure best suits your needs.