If you’re moving up in the world and making the migration to the cloud, you may find that you’re immediately bogged down by the daunting decision of which service to choose. Considered the leading services in cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are the most obvious options for most companies. But with AWS and Azure offering much of the same features and capabilities, such as pay-as-you-go-pricing, identity access management, autoscaling, and storage services, a deeper dive is needed to understand where the key differences lie. Here are some of the key differences:

Popularity:

In terms of marketplace share, AWS is the obvious leader of the pack. The oldest and most experienced cloud service company, AWS owns a dominant 33% of the cloud services market share, has more significant community support overall, and possesses many high-profile clients such as Netflix, Twitch, and Facebook.

Azure, however, is no slouch itself. The clear-cut number two, Azure boasts approximately 18% of the market share and is considered AWS’s primary competitor. It also features several Fortune 500 companies as clients such as Samsung, eBay, and BMW.

Training:

Although both Azure and AWS are challenging to comprehend, AWS is generally considered the more straightforward service to obtain certification in. This is because AWS offers software development kits (SDKs) in a variety of programming languages and provides a free training version to those who wish to polish their skills. Its popularity also means e-learning materials are abundant and readily available. 

For companies that heavily lean on Microsoft systems already, however, Azure will be much easier to introduce since it is a Microsoft product. SDKs for Java, Javascript, and Python have also appeared recently, and certified professional talent familiar with Azure is growing by the day.

Services:

AWS uses Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as its primary solution for scalable computing. But Amazon is also constantly releasing new updates and products designed to optimize running software in AWS. These include Amazon EC2 Scaling, Elastic Container Service, Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Amazon Lightsail, Wavelength, Fargate, etc. 

By contrast, Azure utilizes Virtual Machines (VMs) to allows for rapid configuration and scaling. Azure offers equivalent services to AWS to deploy, host, run and manage applications in the cloud, such as Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Batch, etc. However, AWS boasts the most cloud computing services, with close to 100 across all applications.

Developer Tools:

AWS Developer Tools have been designed with diverse features to help build mobile application or website software and infrastructure. Its strength lies in assisting those who need infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and support for DevOps.

Azure meanwhile features an IoT Suite that provides solutions for a myriad of needs such as predictive maintenance and remote monitoring. It also offers monitoring of IoT deployments, streaming analytics, and the ability to integrate machine learning algorithms into your apps. Its strength is more as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider.

Verdict: 

The truth is that which cloud service you choose will come down to organizational needs and what best fits your company. If you are looking for the service that is most popular, dependable, easiest to learn, or has the most bells and whistles, AWS will be the obvious choice. But if your company is more familiar with Microsoft products, doesn’t have time to parse through the endless array of AWS services, or just needs a simplified PaaS provider, Azure is your best bet.

There are tons of pros and cons to weigh when choosing the right cloud service. If you have more questions, contact Haselkorn Inc. today to have one of our experts help you make a more informed decision about which cloud service is best for your business.