ITech Insights

Pros and Cons of Amazon and Azure Clouds, and How Managed Services Can Help

September 11, 2017 Terry Rossi Cloud

Too many organizations think public cloud products come wrapped in glitter and ribbons, perfectly strategized to suit their needs. The truth is a little less convenient. A ready-made product is no more likely to fit your business than a ready-made suit will fit your every curve. Public cloud services are growing at a rate of about 17 percent year upon year, but even more businesses are planning to shift out of the public cloud and return to on-premises storage. Misconfigurations, soaring costs, and sketchy reliability frequently plague those who choose a public cloud at the expense of a more nuanced approach. The Amazon versus Azure dilemma is best solved through a hybrid approach sculpted to your unique goals.

The Basics of Amazon Versus Azure

Forbes ranks Azure best for its ease of use, integration, and technical support. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers better user interfaces and API complexity. AWS has focused on giving clients monitoring and tracking resources, while Azure prioritizes security and role-based access control. Its monitoring tools are impressive, but the Windows with SQL Server isn’t eligible for license mobility.

Industry Requirements

Amazon and Azure both offer dedicated government areas cordoned off from other workloads. Their clouds comply with HIPAA, ITAR, and others. AWS’ Gov cloud has more government clients, so it comes in slightly ahead of rivals. Microsoft’s focus is on enterprise clients and has Visual Studio and TFS integration. If you’re looking for open source hosting, AWS has a sturdier history, along with Linux-friendliness to sweeten the deal. That said, Azure works seamlessly if you’re determined to use Microsoft development tools.

Service History

Even if you use managed services, your public cloud will need a solid history of providing service excellence. Here, Azure wins the Amazon versus Azure race. Twenty-eight percent of its clients offered positive reviews for Azure in comparison to AWS’ 22 percent.

User Experience

  • Amazon performs well in terms of API complexity and user interface.
  • Azure offers better monitoring, support, and data integration.
  • Both AWS and Azure have machine learning tools and IoT technology, but Amazon has a longer history in this area.
  • Azure lets you write, test and deploy your own algorithms.

In other words, if you’re still refining your storage strategy, Azure will probably support the process better. If you already have a clear picture of your needs, AWS has the broadest range of services.

Compute, Storage, Databases, and Networking

AWS and Azure have similar toolboxes here, but AWS’ primary offering bills by the hour. Azure bills by the minute. Both providers offer excellent networking capabilities, relying on automated load balancing and connectivity to onsite storage.

AWS and Azure are the two premium packaged options on the market today, but they will never provide the same level of security as on premises storage. That said, private offerings will never supply the same scalability. Hybrid, managed solutions offer the best of both worlds, with Amazon and Azure bringing stability and elasticity through a huge number of solid features.

If you are looking to move your business or part of it to the cloud,  we can help you navigate the rough waters of the migration.     

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