Although AWS entered the cloud computing scene in 2006 and Azure made its debut in 2010, both were named as leaders in Gartner’s 2015 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant. This feat recognizes the giant strides Microsoft has made in updating and innovating its IaaS product to the point where it delivers robust capabilities and features that far outperforms its closest competitors.
To help you make the right choice, let’s take a look at some of the reasons your organization should choose Azure over AWS.
Generally, AWS is seen as being more complicated than Azure. The plethora of user guides, tutorials, troubleshooting documents and forums out there is a testament to its complexity. Users don’t want to go through tutorials and endless documentation just to execute simple functions. However, this is the case for organizations using AWS.
Conversely, Azure is far more user-friendly despite the fact that it offers more functionality. It’s more manageable because it makes use of familiar and trusted technologies such as virtual machines, Active Directory, Linux and Windows.
It also comes with tools like Eclipse. Visual Studio, Github, Hadoop and XCode while the Azure Marketplace contains several third-party apps, solutions and tools built by partner-developers. The presence of these pre-existing and familiar technologies makes navigating Azure a breeze.
Both AWS and Azure offer similar IaaS capabilities for storage, networking and virtual machines. However, Azure’s PaaS capability outstrips that of AWS, allowing developers to focus exclusively on innovation.
Azure PaaS provides app developers with the building blocks, tools and environment needed to build and deploy cloud services. Organizations can use their preferred frameworks and development language while accessing a wide range of readymade services like media, mobile, web and others.
They can also leverage built-in templates and APIs to kickstart app development. Azure PaaS delivers all the data, applications, devices and a flexible toolset that can help developers solve integration needs ranging from coordinating B2B payments with partners to connecting mobile apps with on-premises LOB systems.
One of the more useful benefits of going with Azure is its seamless compatibility and interoperability with .Net apps. Azure was built and optimized to work seamlessly with applications built on the .Net framework.
Also, organizations that use Azure will find it much easier to move their Windows applications to the cloud. As such, Azure is the clear choice for organizations using .Net-based enterprise apps.
Consistent Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid cloud solutions help drive down costs, lowers complexity, and reduces risk by enabling organizations to make the most of their existing on-site IT assets. Aside from the global impact that organizations enjoy when they move to Azure, its hybrid consistency is particularly useful in application development, security management, workload portability, identity management and application portability.
With 42 regions and more still on the drawing board, Azure is clearly the global leader in the delivery of data center options. Microsoft understands that having the right data center in the right region is essential to the success of their client’s projects – which is why the continuous expansion of global data center regions is high on their list of priorities.
With Azure, organizations can rest assured that data centers will be located in the right regions to take care of their project needs.
Microsoft Enterprise Agreement
Businesses that already use Microsoft software products will most likely have an “Enterprise Agreement” with Microsoft. This agreement entitles them to receive discounts on other Microsoft products they decide to purchase.
As such, businesses receive significant incentives (price discounts and bulk licensing) when they move to Azure.
Azure’s current design is based on SDL (Security Development Lifecycle), a major assurance process in the industry. Microsoft was the first to accept the ISO27018 – the new international standard for cloud privacy.
Azure’s core base was built using a security-first approach – which is why Microsoft is considered the global leader in the security of data and operations in the cloud. Services and private data of organizations are totally secure while they remain on Azure.
There’s also an IoT suite in Azure which organizations can leverage to stay on top of trends and opportunities in the IoT space. The suite offers solutions for scenarios like remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Selecting the right cloud vendor is a very important decision that organizations have to make. Azure offers an array of functionalities that are indispensable to organizations looking to maximize ROI from their move to the cloud.
With its ability to facilitate mobility between the cloud and on-premise. Azure is the clear leader in hybrid functionality.
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