Can Microsoft Azure beat AWS: forecasts for the 2020 table
It is not surprising why many organizations rely on Microsoft Azure over Amazon Web Services (AWS). Being the most trusted cloud for enterprise and hybrid infrastructure, Microsoft Azure was one of the first to support the new open-source framework. Node.js, PHP, Java, Ruby, and Python are a few App services that Azure supports. Though AWS dominates with a wide array of products and options, Microsoft, known for its computing capabilities, continues to grow with its increasing number of databases, storage, compute, analytics, and DevOps services. According to the current statistics, there are around 330, 551 Microsoft Azure customers with live websites and an additional 720,218 domains that redirect to sites in the same list.
Though Amazon’s AWS and Azure has had a collective hold of a 49% share (with 32% for AWS and 17% for Azure) and AWS had their major limelight from the years 2000 to 2009, Azure then took over silvers of the pie from the behemoth around the year 2010 and is winning the growth battle in this space!
Different ways in which Microsoft Azure beats AWS
Amazon being the dominant cloud platform has innovated a multitude of products and services. In addition to coming up with multiple new tools every year, Amazon has realized the potential of the Cloud landscape and is investing heavily in the same to reap benefits. Let us walk you through multiple ways in which Microsoft Azure beats Amazon Web Services:
- Hybrid Cloud Benefits: Hybrid Cloud being the computing environment that integrates the public and the private clouds by allowing data and application sharing between them, has become the bread and butter of Microsoft with its key features. For instance, a startup will face concerns related to legacy applications and giving it up to the cloud on day one can seem like an uphill battle, as it is not a feasible option for many businesses. This is mostly because of the configuration constraints they may face when deciding to leave their existing on-premises data center. In such cases, many companies prefer relying on the Hybrid Cloud by maintaining a balance with the on-premises data center. Thus, the hybrid cloud provides the benefits of flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and salability, along with ensuring minimal risk of data exposure. Azure Stack, Hybrid SQL Server, and many other hybrid services maintain this model for the businesses that rely on them. Hybrid cloud is thus space where Amazon tends to lag behind Azure.
- MS Office Integration Benefits: Microsoft provides a seamless experience of integration with the existing ecosystem and Azure. The fact that MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are shifting to the cloud makes it evident that Azure does the needful. Additionally, if your business is already running on Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange, Active Directory, or any other core Microsoft products, Azure can be seamlessly plugged into the existing ecosystem without having to worry about risks associated with a server migration and in ensuring that your core infrastructure works perfectly right.
- PaaS Benefits: Being a powerful platform for developers to code, Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides the benefits of being able to develop, test, and deploy applications for Azure Web Apps. Azure’s PaaS offerings, for instance, Azure Web Apps, permits application developers to launch a web environment promptly with high availability. This feature supports a host of languages out of the box, such as ASP.NET, Node.js, PHP, Java, Ruby, and Python. On the other hand, Azure Mobile Apps offers a backend for your iOS and Android mobile applications so that they can be plugged in, and features like offline sync, push notifications, auto-scaling, and high availability can be added. Azure Functions are serverless background jobs or microservices triggered by an external service such as the Azure Service Bus. Microsoft Azure Functions facilitate a useful small piece of code that requires no plumbing to get active and running.
- Enterprise Agreement Benefits: Bundling Microsoft Azure services with your existing agreement will benefit your business with access to discounted prices. When it comes to a budget-conscious company, Microsoft Azure’s Enterprise Agreement helps in pricing out their competitors.
- Improve Reliability Factors by Avoiding Risks of Vendor Lock-in: A multi-cloud approach can avoid a significant failover that may arise due to a DDoS attack or even a major vendor outage. With Azure as your cloud provider, your business’s IT department can leverage the benefits of spread across multiple cloud vendors. Hence, for enterprises requiring a hybrid cloud option, Azure offers the most benefits compared to AWS.
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