AWS and Azure: What Is the Difference?

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General Features

AWS came into existence in the year 2006 and Azure in 2010. AWS has 34% of the Cloud market share, whereas Azure has 18% of the market share. Both provide pay as you go payment options. However, Azure charges on a per-minute basis, whereas AWS charges on per hour basis. AWS is friendlier to the open-source community. Though, Azure has just started supporting open source. AWS is not that good for the Hybrid cloud, as compared to Azure. And, the Linux based server is better supported by AWS than Azure. Also. AWS is more flexible to licensing than Azure. And hence, when it comes to general features even, there is a neck to neck tussle going on between AWS and Azure. Naresh I Technologies provides complete AWS training and Azure training, and we are one of the top 5 computer training institutes in India.


Around $10 billion of money is being wasted each year, according to the sources for not using the cloud efficiently. Users don't know how the cloud service providers are charging, and they also don't know about the discounts they can get as well as how the reserved instances or upfront payment for large scale uses can save them quite a lot of money.  Both AWS and Azure are providing Pricing APIs, and hence you can now manage the pricing programmatically as well. Also, both of them support discounts via large-scale usage through Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Reserved instances. Both provide cost explorers and calculators with ready-made templates as well. They are good enough to teach the users how they can benefit maximum through a better-optimized approach that they can plan via the cost management services that AWS and Azure provide. We will not mention which is cheaper, as both are equally working hard to bring down the cost. However, AWS is trending a little more. And that's why AWS training is a little more in demand than Azure training. However, we offer both, and you can contact Naresh I Technologies anytime for extensive AWS and Azure training.


Both AWS and Azure are good at computing. If we have the EC2 in case of the Azure Virtual machine from Azure, for the AWS batch in Azure, we have the "Azure batch." For the AWS auto scale, we have the Azure Virtual Machine Scale Set. And VMWare has tied up with both AWS and Azure. We have a VMware cloud for Aws, and we have in Azure VMware “CloudSimple.” Both are big companies, and both are doing great. We cannot say that one is better than the other. And both have equally good plans to come up with the compute for the 5G. AWS has already launched the AWS wavelength. And Azure is up with the "Multi-access Edge Compute" and "Network Edge compute." Hence, it's not really so that one is better than the other.


The same applies to the storage as well. Azure has the Blob storage to compete with the AWS S3. For Elastic Block Store, Azure has the Azure Managed disks. AWS has an elastic file system, whereas Azure is up with the Azure files. Going a little deep, we have the S3 Glacier in the case of AWS, and that is for the archiving. Archiving is a storage concept. And how can Azure be behind? Hence, they are up with the Azure storage Archive tier. For S3 infrequent access, the Azure is up with the Azure cool tier, and that is to store that is not that important. If AWS has the AWS Backup, then Azure has the "Azure Backup." And for storage simple, Azure has StorSimple. For AWS Import/ Export, the Azure has Import/export. Also, we know that AWS provides snowball, Snowball edge, and the snowball mobile for large scale data transfer. Azure is also not behind, and they provide Azure data boxes.


Neither Azure nor AWS is lagging when it comes to the database. AWS provides RDS. And RDS covers all popular RDBMS. However, as said, Azure is also not behind. And they are up with the SQL database, and that covers all popular RDBMS there. Azure provides DynamoDB and SimpleDB for NoSQL databases. However, again, Azure is not far behind as they provide Azure Cosmos DB. For AWS Cache, Azure provides Azure Cache for Redis. AWS provides an AWS data migration service. However, Azure is also up with the Azure data migration service.

 Networking Services

Both Azure and AWS match each other when it comes to network services as well. AWS provides a "Virtual private cloud," and Azure provides Azure network. AWS provides AWS API Gateway, whereas Azure provides Azure API Gateway. For AWS Route 53, Azure provides "Azure DNS" and "Azure Traffic Manager." For AWS Direct Connect, Azure has Express Route. For the AWS Network Load balancer, Azure provides Load Balancer. For the AWS Application load balancer, the Azure has a Load Balancer. And it's not really so that Azure is better than AWS or vice versa, in any of the above comparisons.

Container and Orchestration Support

Both Azure and AWS support the container service, and both docker and Kubernetes through ECS, Fargate, EKS EC2 container registry, and App Mesh for AWS, and ACI, ACR, AKS, and Service Fabric Mesh for the Azure. Hence here as well, neither AWS nor Azure has the upper hand.


Also, it's hard to say that AWS or Azure is better on compliance. AWS has tie-ups with loads of Government from all over the world, and they provide the best security for their users for their cloud access when they deal with sensitive data.

Azure offers more than 50 compliant services, which include one like HIPPA and FIPS. And hence, both AWS and Azure go neck to neck even when we talk of security. 

Final Score

So, it's not really like one is better than the other when we talk of AWS or Azure. And both of them know cloud computing very well. And they both are trying to come up with the best services for each feature of cloud computing. It does look that both of them will match each other, neck to neck, throughout in future. And their competitive approach is good for us, as they are always coming up with the best services. 

Naresh I technologies provide both AWS training and Azure training. Also, we are among the top five computer training institutes in India with highly experienced faculty. We provide precise yet complete course material. Also, we know that there are three types of learners: professionals, inexperienced, and beginners. And we serve accordingly, as we understand professionals can learn fast though others need a more elaborate explanation. However, none should worry, as we can handle each of them and serve them as they should be. Contact us today if you want detailed AWS training or Azure training for yourself.