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Azure vs AWS: which technology is better?

Azure vs AWS which technology is better

Feb, 07th 19

Azure has been used widely and AWS has been trending for a while now. The competition between the two has been tough and the question of which cloud platform is better among these two is a constant. The run rate and profits garnered by these cloud platforms are close to $14 billion and neither of them is backing down when it comes to offering great features to the customer base.

Here’s our rundown of the best qualities of the two and an attempt to help you make a better choice,


Microsoft Azure


Microsoft Azure is the cloud computing platform offered by Microsoft. It helps manage test and deploy applications effectively. Azure was launched on 1st of February in the year 2010. It was first named as windows azure and later on changed to Microsoft Azure.


The most essential features offered by Microsoft Azure are mobile and storage services, data management, testing, computing and deploying. It offers two different deployment models. One is the classic model where each of the resources is managed individually. The second is the Azure resource manager; it allows customers to couple similar resources together and provides with an option of managing them collectively.


Microsoft Azure, being the famous public computing platforms, helps users perform various tasks related to the development of the app. It helps improve the existing application and allows you to develop new ones.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


AWS is the cloud computing platform that is widely used all over the globe. From individuals, small businesses to large agglomerates and industries producing high-end products, AWS is used by almost every business. It offers virtual computing services — just like the real ones — where a user will be able to log in and get access to several features. This is carried out at the expense of a monthly subscription. The charge depends upon the kind of features one chooses to include. Besides these features, Amazon also offers strong security to all the users/subscribers that choose their service. Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3 are the features that are widely famous and currently high in use. Although AWS was started in 2002, it was re-launched with better features and functionality in the year 2006. The features that were released during that time were Amazon EC2, SQS, and S3. The profits were sky-rocketed as it was highly useful for the developers and then, it went on to be a great help for managing online services.


Storage and security were the major concerns in the application development and in the work of developers on the whole. With the release of cloud computing platform like this, the issue was solved and served a great purpose in the software industry.

Major differences between Azure and AWS:


Compute power:


AWS allows its users to configure their own VMs by choosing the memory capacity, size, and power. Whereas, in Azure, the users choose virtual hard disk in order to make a VM. It requires the user to mention the amount of space and memory required.




Both AWS and Azure offer temporary storage. In AWS, the storage is allotted when an instance is created and on the destruction of it, space is freed. Azure, however, offers extra features like backup, recovery of files and import and export.




Both AWS and Azure provided high security. They are closely related to government agencies and allow only genuine users to access the cloud. With strong verification and strict safety concerns, the private information is assured to be safe with these platforms.




Azure charges its users a monthly fixed price, irrespective of the usage. However, AWS doesn’t follow the same and charges its users based on their usage.






AWS is constantly evolving and focusing on meeting the customer’s need. It offers Hadoop and Docker support. With access to several other machine learning tools, AWS allows users to develop their own applications and caters to their software needs. Azure, too, focuses on providing their customers with great features. It provides Hadoop support and helps with Windows and Hyper-V containers.


On the whole, both AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Microsoft Azure are great options while picking a cloud computing platform for a business. They are similar to various levels and offer varied features that cater to their customer’s needs. When talking about the choice, both are a great choice and one should pick a cloud computing platform based on their business needs. Based on the features that are needed and the priority of the same, AWS or Azure can be used. The subscription rates are reasonable when compared to the features they are offering. Most of all, the information and data that are stored will be safe and secure. Privacy will be maintained with these computing platforms as it is their prime focus.


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